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27. August 2009 20:00
by Jobo

These Ain't your Boyfriend's Socks...

27. August 2009 20:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been knitting away on that beautiful pink ball of Kauni... and here is what I am making:

Pattern:  Boyfriend Socks by Alice Bell (available for Free on Ravelry)

Knowing that the Kauni itself would be the showstopper, I wanted to choose a pattern that held a little interest (for the knitter who needs some sort of patterning to keep her interested) but would not be so complex that it would overshadow the colour transitions in the yarn.  This is why i settled on Cabled socks.  Something fun and interesting but as simple and traditional as it gets.

I have worked past the heel on the first sock... the pattern is very clear and well layed out, and the cables fairly easy to memorize.  I have been counting my rows carefully though, lately in the evenings I find I can't keep track of more than a few rows in my head... so I keep a pen and a pad of post-its handy so I can scribble myself some notes as I go along, and because they are sticky notes, I can stick them to my pattern and they don't disappear either!

My first toe began with a dark rich fuschia pink and has gradually faded through various shades to a lighter pink.  Just to be creative, and test myself a little, I have decided to work an "afterthought" heel so that I can break up the pink-ness a bit.  I am thinking that I would like to make the heel white, and because the leg will end up being white, I might do the cuff in darker pink.  I am not quite sure how I will manage this completely, but I think I am willing to play a little dangerous here and just see how things go.

In the place where the short rows heel would normally have started, I knit 1 row across the back of the sock (on the plain stockinette side) using some contrasting coloured waste yarn, and when the time comes to work the heel, I will pick up stitches on both sides of that waste row and work an afterthought style heel (I have yet to choose a specific reference to follow, I will keep you posted)

As far as yarn feel, I really like the way the Kauni feels knit up.  The fabric is nice and firm, but not too dense on this size of needle, and the cables stand out nicely too!  I don't find the yarn to be irritating to my hands or to be very scratchy, and overall am enjoying the process of putting together these socks.

20. August 2009 07:30
by Jobo

The yarn stash is growing!... Meet Kauni

20. August 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I'm not sure how I manage to keep accumulating pretty yarns at such a rate... but here we go again - more irresistable yarn to add to the pile :)

I had never worked with Kauni before, but had seen lots of projects that other people have made... and totally fell in love with all the long gradual colour stretches.  This yarn (the Effektgarn 8/2 selection) is approximately fingering weight, but seems a little "lighter" than a sock yarn.  According to the product write-up on Ravelry in the Yarns section, the manufacturer recommends using it for things like wraps, lace, vests, and even socks. 

A lot of the projects I have seen have been lace wraps or shawls... probably because the effect of the colour is spectacular in a triangular shawl.  I have also seen a fair number of fair isle patterned knitting done with solid colored Kauni or the Effektgarn variety.  Since I have two balls of this (one is the lovely pink variegated you see here, and the other is the classic Rainbow Effektgarn) I think I will try doing a couple different things with it - maybe socks for one ball, and a shawl for the other.

The first thing you notice when you spot of ball of this unique yarn is the COLOUR.  Holy cow the colours are vibrant and rich.  I love the way that the yarn fades from one colour to the next in what seems like an endless transition.  You hardly notice that the colours are changing as you work, and then all of a sudden here you are with a smooth gradient.  Some people have reported unfortunate splices in a ball (aka a knot in the middle attaching 2 completely different shades together) which can really interrupt the desired effect.  Myself, having worked through half a ball already, I haven't seen any of these splices, but I know that if it happened to me, it would drive me insane.  I guess if you were really counting on having a project with flawless transitions and perfect consistancy, you may want to plan ahead and buy an extra ball so you don't have to worry about that.  Myself, where usually I like my socks to be fraternal twins rather than identical replicas of each other, I am ok with taking this chance.

Next, the feel... Kauni is a Shetland-Style yarn... 100% wool.   So I never expected it to be as soft as Merino.  Hey if you want baby's bottom soft, you target things like Malabrigo or some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino.  Myself I didn't find this yarn to be as scratchy as some people have described.  I would call this a medium softness yarn, perhaps not suited to items directly in contact with sensitive skin, but I don't find it to be irritating to work with.  The yarn is quite rustic in it's feel, and may still have some lanolin or finishing products in it, because I have read that it blooms after soaking, and softens too.  I would compare this yarn to Noro in it's degree of softness from the feel in the ball, and after working about half a sock in it, it does seem to lighten up some with manipulation, so I really want to see what it's like after a good soak and blocking.

In the close up photo, you can see a little better the airyness of this 2 ply yarn, and the depth of colour.  I am really excited to be progressing on my Kauni Experiment, and hopefully after the weekend I will have some more details for you, including a new tutorial I am working on for Afterthought Heels.


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