Monday, March 3, 2008

When the Kauni Comes Home

It's almost time for another yarn review, I think, but there will be a slight delay owing to the number of projects lurking in my basket and in my knitting bag. I'd like to finish at least one of them before I start something using the yarn that arrived today.
Every so often trends pop up and spread like measles; the world of knitting is no exception here. I've never been a trendy person. I hate clothes shopping and ignore the advice offered by magazines like Vogue and choose my own palettes depending on my mood or on a whim. In general, I avoid trendy yarns, too, and instead choose things based on budget and my own quirky tastes.
Anyway, for a while Malabrigo seemed to be the It yarn. I don't know that its popularity is waning; I see it and ads for it everywhere. Now, though, it looks like the new trend is something called Kauni. Kauni, from what I understand, is made in Estonia. When it first became available, shops had a hard time getting it, and now that its popularity is surging, they're having a hard time keeping it in stock. So much so, in fact, that some vendors actually have waiting lists for it because they've had to reorder it or have yet to get their first batches. I wonder if knitters will be lurking behind mailboxes to swipe each other's boxes, or if there will be stampedes similar to those from the heyday of the original Cabbage Patch dolls--I remember hearing about people literally being trampled to death in the rush to get the last doll on the shelf. I hope knitters behave better.
So here's a bit of Kauni porn to titillate anyone who reads this. I'm not sure what I'll do with it. Stick it in the bank with some mothballs, maybe, and hope I can find a pattern that will make use of LOTS of fingering weight yarn dyed in a self-striping rainbow.

Kauni

10 comments:

Rachael said...

Wow! Those are some seriously crazy bright colors! I haven't heard of this yarn before... would it be good for something like this? http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTverytallsocks.html

I look forward to hearing more about the yarn.

La Duchesse said...

I don't see why not, but you'd be setting yourself up for a HUGE amount of work since it's fingering weight. If you're patient enough to sort it out and figure out how to arrange it so that the colors line up so you can knit with two strands at once, you'd end up with something approximately DK weight (I think), which would be closer. I would seriously pay for front row seats to watch that kind of yarn battle. :P I think that's a really neat idea, though!

Rachael said...

Oh, that would certainly be an epic battle! But it might be a bit too much of a job to tackle! Especially for tall stripey socks, which, while very cute, probably wouldn't get worn nearly often enough to justify the effort. Hmmm... I look forward to seeing what you end up doing with this stuff...

La Duchesse said...

I'm thinking something sweater-ish. Fingering weight works okay for sweaters, but you need an awful lot of it. I'm pretty sure I have enough for a light cardie of some kind. I'm all about long sleeves and v-necks, so I'm thinkin' something vaguely similar to The Zenia, only some shaping to it and no Fair Isle stuff. Gotta make room in my bag first, though!

Rachael said...

A sweater/cardie type thing would be very cool!

What's the fiber content?

La Duchesse said...

It's 100% wool; I can't seem to find any information about the specific breed of sheep. The colorway is fairly wild, which the Ruth Sorrenson cardigan shows it to best advantage in all it's chromatic glory. There are quite a few other colorways, and lots of those are a lot less.. um... bold.

Rachael said...

*looks up said cardigan and other colorways* Oh, WOW! That cardi is beautiful! And I really like some of those other colorways too...

Yeah, I really can't wait to hear what you have to say about this yarn when you work with it...

La Duchesse said...

*rubs hands together and cackles like Hagatha* I know. It's there in its box, talking to me and being obnoxious. It's about as bad as when I got the lace weight merino from KnitPicks and it talked to me about sweaters instead of shawl-type stuff. I *promise* I'll get to it soon and quit dragging out the suspense.

Rachael said...

LOL! Good! :D

Kris said...

Alright, I know this post is old-ish, but I was just speed flipping through your blog (don't ask me how it works or how it helps, it just does lol) and the picture fully caught my eye. Gorgeous colors. So I had to leave you a random weird comment. ;)