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.