In 2007, the knitting world was introduced to Kauni yarn. It’s this very cool, bright yarn with long color runs. Ruth Sorensen did this gorgeous sweater and it took the knitting world by storm. I spotted it and tracked down the yarn.
I don’t even remember any more how I came up with my idea, but I decided to use Ruth’s pattern, which is still free, and use the Damask chart from Dale of Norway for the colorwork. On September 24, 2007, I did this post. I put it on Ravelry and it got quite a bit of attention. Then The Rainey Sisters linked that post and it went crazy.
I got so many requests for the pattern, but it was from Dale of Norway and was out of print. Someone actually blew up this photo and charted it. Now I think it’s readily available, but I’m not sure where.
I worked on the sweater a couple of times in 2008, and once in 2009, but I knew it was going to be way too small, and I just shoved it in the back of the cupboard.
In January, I decided that my Olympic knitting was going to be to finish some cardigans, so I dug Damask Kauni out. All I had left was to finish one sleeve and do the second sleeve. Seriously!!!! It sat in a cupboard for five years because of that.
Drumroll……here she is!
I bribed Miss In Charge to do a photo shoot for me. Lets just say we’re going shopping tomorrow.
I think it might be one of the coolest things I’ve ever knit, but all I feel is relief that it’s finally finished.
I did a picot hem on the hem and on the sleeves. I should have gone down a needle size on the cuffs, but I was too lazy to hunt for smaller needles.
I actually don’t mind that little bit of flare.
One side note. If you buy the rainbow Kauni now, the gold is much more bright yellow. I really like the older colors better. The other thing to note if you knit with this yarn is to make sure that when you start knitting, make sure the two colors are opposite on the color wheel. Some colors together just make it look muddy.
Yep! My model got a bit goofy!
So there are two days of Olympic knitting left. I need to get back to my knitting. I have my third project almost finished. I do have lots to watch this weekend. There’s the last of the Olympics and Sunday is the Daytona 500. Woo! Hoo!!! See you next week when I shut the tv off!