Update: Feb 21, 2014. Damask Kauni is finally finished. Read all about it here.
Correction: The stitch pattern I used for my Kauni is Damask, not Tapestry. When I Googled Dale of Norway Damask, I didn’t find anything. It’s a pattern from 2001.
Today is the day for the promised, long overdue Kauni post. But first, I had startitis this weekend. I started the Modern Quilt Wrap. The pattern is from the new Folk Style book, but this particular pattern is available as a free download. It’s gorgeous and knit with 9 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I did 4 small squares and part of the next large one (all while watching NASCAR, of course) and decided I didn’t want to dedicate a gazillion hours of my life to this project. So I wandered around for a while and decided to pull out the Kauni.
Can I tell you how much I love this sweater? I think it’s what’s going to motivate me to get back on my diet, because it could really be a little bigger.
Do you remember this picture?
This was in my August 24th blog post. I promised to blog about it in a week. OK, I meant month.
The first Kauni I ever saw was on this blog. Margaret in Manhatten knit the most gorgeous sweater, and I had to have one of my own. I ordered the yarn and had a brainstorm. I had a Dale of Norway pillow pattern called Tapestry. (It must be an old pattern because I Googled it and got nothing.) I used Ruth’s pattern for the actual cardigan pattern, and Tapestry for the stitch pattern. Here’s what I came up with:
Can I tell you how much I love this??? Oh, yeah. I already did.
I did a picot hem. It curled a little bit, but I steam blocked it this morning and it looks great. I think I’m going to do the picot down the front of the cardigan and get the Norwegian clasps for it. I wouldn’t wear it closed anyway, especially since it’s a little bit small.
I’m pretty worried about the sleeves, especially after reading about the problems The Great and Powerful Oz of Knitting had with the sleeves. I don’t know how many blog posts Stephanie had about “arsing” up her sleeves and ripping. If she had trouble, what am I going to do? I also have to make sure the sleeves are big enough for my truck driver arms. Stephanie, can you come to Minnesota and help me with this??? I know nothing about good beer, but I can learn!
Actually, I have a better chance of getting help here. Susan lives in Minnesota. These two ladies actually gave me the idea for doing a blog with someone else. I’m always jealous of sisters that get to do fun stuff together. I love doing anything with my sister, but she’s in Texas and I’m in Minnesota. And she doesn’t knit. She’s a a scrapbooker, (and a good one, Hi! Shan). Susan and Sally do amazing work and I’m so glad that they have a blog that inspires knitters to become better and try harder things. I’m also working on the Peacock Shawl, thanks to them!
I’m just past the armholes, and need to decide soon what I’m going to do with the neckline. Some people are just knitting it square and shaping it with the steek. Yikes!!!
Now that I’ve blogged about Kauni, I’m feeling the pressure to keep working on it. One thing I’ve found out about blogging is that it is making me a more monogamous knitter. I’m getting more things finished. (No I didn’t put in the other sleeve. I did half of the fringe on Lady Eleanor though.)
On that note, I leave you to dig out the laundry room again!!!
Hey Lexi, are you there??????