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Pitch by Emily Greene, knit from Elsawool Cormo worsted on a US 6 needle

Archives for June 2010

Knotty Problem Resolved

As I suspected, there was a knot in my skein of Kauni, hence the anomaly in the striping sequence.

The knot was in the tan section that I commenced knitting after my blog post yesterday. While the knot tied the tan section to a matching tan section, it did so from the wrong side, so that if I were to continue knitting along, the striping sequence would reverse.

So I untied the knot and wound the remainder of the skein into a ball.

As luck would have it, the ball ended in a tan section as well — this end going in the proper direction. So I attached the yarn from the other end and continued on my merry way.

And I finished the shawl.

Unblocked, it measures 52 inches across the top (the wingspan) and 26 inches down the center back.

I had 20 grams of my 160-gram skein left over.

Blocking will commence almost immediately.

Well . . . Lucy may have other ideas . . .

Weekend Weather

Hot and humid, with a 100% chance of Kauni.

In the comments to the last post, Sandy asked:

Do you just start your project with the beginning of the skein or do you pull down to a specific part of the colorway to start at the beginning of a color run so your first few rows will be the same color?

Is this question as clear as mud? I guess I’m wondering if you have any sort of “color” placement planning.

I started at the beginning of the skein and have just knit merrily along. Because this is a shawl, it is just one big ol’ piece of knitting. And because I am planning on using just this one skein (because I purchased only one skein), I don’t have to worry about matching the striping sequence.

And Barbara asked:

Question about the blue/turquoise part of the colorway – since it seems on the small part of the shawl you have a decent showing, how big do you think this color will be as the shawl grows?  this contrast with the browns is really nice.

Of course, as the shawl grows and the rows get longer, the depth of the stripes of colors will get smaller. I’m not sure if all the colors in this colorway are in equal amounts, or if some are more equal than others (channeling Animal Farm here) so I guess we’ll all find out as the knitting progresses.

That’s part of the fun of Kauni. 🙂

We are coming upon an interesting anomaly in the yarn.

It went from brown to blue and it is now morphing into tan like it is supposed to do.

What you can’t see is that  the upcoming tan is going to morph back into blue, without first going into a dark brown stripe. Weird, huh?

Lucy’s weekend weather?

Hot and humid with 100% chance of napping.

Back to Tan

And now, as you can see, I am back in the tan portion of the striping sequence.

The skein looks pretty cool right now too — you can see the darker brown peeping through.

There was a question in the comments if there was a way to see all the colors in the skein. Well, if you sorta peek in the end of the skein, you can see what’s coming up.

I did a quickie Google search on the yarn to see if I could find a site where it is sold that has knitted swatches. I didn’t come up with anything much, but if you go to the Kauni website you can see all the colorways in skein form, so you can better see what colors are in each colorway. And one of the colorways shown there has a knitted sample.

But I think your best bet is to check out projects made from Kauni on Ravelry. That’s some pretty colorful eye-candy, let me tell you!

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I do have some more Kauni residing in my stash room . . .

About my shawl, Diana asked:

Are you using that fast-increase method that makes a curved shawl. or is this one a plain straight triangle? It seems to me that shallower, crescent-shaped shawls are all the crack just now (to quote Georgette Heyer.)

Nope, this is a plain triangle shawl. The last couple of shawls that I did were of the curved variety so I thought I’d do a plain ol’ triangle just for a change.

And this is a pretty darn simple pattern, too. I think it’ll be a good one for lace newbies, or for anyone who wants a pleasant, relatively mindless knit.

Sometimes that’s all you can really deal with, ya know?

Lucy is all about the easy life.


Look! I have reached some blue in my Kauni!

That’s the fun of this yarn and what makes me keep knitting — looking forward to the next color change.

And because it has color changes, I am keeping the lace pattern for this pretty simple.

And because the lace pattern is pretty simple, I’ll be offering this shawl pattern as a freebie when I’ve finished it.

The Unraveled Librarian commented on yesterday’s post:

Somehow, it’s always so reassuring to see such an experienced knitter using counters and stitch markers.

Yep, I’m using stitch markers and a row counter. While I don’t really need them, I find it so much easier to have them, particularly since I am dragging this shawl along as my commuter knitting. I’m working from a chart and have the current row marked on the chart using magnetic strips on a board. But it is possible to move the strip when shoving said pattern into the knitting bag, so it’s nice to have the row counter as a back-up, so I can easily find my place.

It’s all about the easy, ya know?

I got something really pretty in the mail last week:

This is laceweight yarn from Catskill Merino Sheep Farm. It is 4 skeins of their Undyed Saxon Merino — 2-ply, 2 ounces and 260 yards each. It is almost a fingering weight (which lately is my favorite kind of laceweight to use) and is just lovely. I discovered this yarn through Knitters’ Review — the sportweight was profiled a couple of weeks ago here.

This card was in my box of yarn:

Lucy sez:

“Yes, I am spoiled. So what?”

Itsa Bird Itsa Plane

No, it’s Kauni!

Yesterday I showed you a photo of the skein of Kauni that I got at Needlework Unlimited when I was in Minneapolis last month.

That skein is being turned into a shawl. I worked up a simple shawl pattern for it and started knitting on it yesterday.

To be specific, this is Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn. It’s 100% wool 2-ply that feels like shetland — sort 0f scratchyand a bit “hairy.” It has 400 meters (438 yards) per 100 grams, and my skein is a 160-gram skein, so that’s around 700 yards total yarn I’ve got.

Kauni is one of those yarns that keeps me knitting because I am eager to see the next color change occur. The photo above gives you an idea of the start of the color changes as the brown deepens.

It’s great fun to go on Ravelry and look at the pages and pages and pages of projects knit from Kauni.

While it’s not the softest yarn to have next to the skin, it does soften up a bit when you wash it — particularly if you add some hair conditioner to the rinse water. Long-time blog readers might remember that I made Alice Starmore’s Lismore out of the Kauni Effektgarn in the rainbow colorway a couple of years ago. Here it is:

No, I’ve never worn it. Maybe some day I’ll actually be cold enough to want to wear it. I live in hope.

Speaking of Minneapolis, here is a photo from that visit, just for Johanne:

Do you recognize the pattern, Johanne?

Yesterday, Lucy was in a bit of a mood. Restless and stomping around, looking annoyed. I finally realized what the problem was — her silk pillow was propped up in her chair so she couldn’t lie on it. I soon fixed that, and she was happy again.

The picture of contentment, no?