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July 27, 2007

From Susan — Kwik Kauni Update

Filed under: Susan's Kauni Cardigan — lv2knit @ 10:00 am

I went to Pat’s last evening for knit night and had a great time: we shopped, we ate, we laughed — but not much knitting.  Oh well!

My good friend Kim (the friend who gave me “Lettie,” my alter ego) brought her Kauni Cardigan in progress.  She pulled it out of the bag and everyone gasped and started to say, “It’s so much prettier than Susan’s!!” but stopped short and said, “It’s so ::mumble::mumble:: nice -er- different than -er- Susan’s.”  But, I was thinking the SAME THING — it IS much prettier than mine!!

Kim’s is much richer, earthier and darker looking.  It looks like completely different yarn.  I was shocked.  We compared our balls of yarn AND THE COLORS ARE IDENTICAL!!  What gives?  She has her colors paired up differently and it makes the colors look completely different.  I am stunned, shocked, etc.  She has only knitted about 6-8” so she has not cycled through the entire color wheel yet, but I am a little bit bummed about this turn of events. 

BUT, it’s too late for moi.  I’m not changing a thing (can’t) and I will just have to like my lil Kauni, “just the way you are” (a shout out to Mark Darcy — I love you as much as the original Mr. Darcy ;)).

I will start the sleeves this weekend and also try to work on the neckline. 

 PS — I’ll try to get a picture of Kim’s Kauni at some point for comparison’s sake.


  1. Obviously I haven’t seen Kim’s Kauni, but yours is so lovely that I can’t imagine developing a case of kauni inadequacy.

    Comment by anmiryam — July 27, 2007 @ 10:59 am

  2. From Susan to “anmiryarn” — it’s true! I’m suffering from Kauni Envy!!

    Comment by lv2knit — July 27, 2007 @ 11:06 am

  3. I’m sure they both have their own inherent beauty… 🙂
    There’s a lot of diversity out there in Kauni/Clowny land!

    You’ll have to snap a picture next time you get together.

    Comment by Debra — July 27, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  4. Now I’m so curious to see this other one — how can it possibly be so much lovelier than yours??

    Comment by AuntieAnn — July 27, 2007 @ 11:38 am

  5. Having seen both, one is not prettier than the other – they are both wonderful! I think
    the surprise was in seeing how differently the yarn knits up for two very excellent

    Comment by Mary Mathieson — July 27, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  6. From Susan — I cannot believe that the “Kauni Kontroversy” finally brought my dear friend Mary from her status as favorite blog lurker! Mary saw them both, so I defer to her, but I do know that the Kauni I will be wearing is a bright lil sucker!

    Comment by lv2knit — July 27, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

  7. I *love* yours!

    Comment by Romi — July 27, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

  8. I want to see Kim’s (especially before I start my own).

    Comment by surly — July 27, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

  9. Nevertheless, randomness CAN contribute to disappointment. I wonder if Kaffee Fasset’s obsessive compulsive color changes ARE worth the relative effort. Is your friends sweater a different size? or tension? I can think of lots of things that would make the color match-ups be different.

    Comment by PainterWoman — July 27, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

  10. Susan- Having been struggling with my own Kauni issues for some time,
    they are all a bit different, and that’s what makes it special.
    I just picked it up after a hiatus, but my main problem is it’s too
    easy- no real challenge.
    For someone like me that operates on a small percentage of my brain cells,
    it should be perfect.

    All the same, I like the way yours is turning out.

    Comment by Lorraine — July 27, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

  11. I have not started on the Kauni, but being a painter all my life, I believe the secret to the colors is to coordinate them so that they are matched up with colors that “compliment” or are opposites to each other on the color wheel. Example: yellow/purple, blue/orange, red/green. This makes the colors POP. I don’t know if it’s possible to start out the two balls doing this in the beginning and having it continue in that manner or not… Here’s a useful link though:

    Comment by Sonserae — July 28, 2007 @ 1:41 am

  12. Well… all I have to say is that I’m a bright girl (very bright)
    and if that other one looks like it is appropriate for a 96 year
    olds funeral … then I don’t like it already 🙂
    (arms folded…lips poked out)

    I’m lovin that Kauni Cardigan of yours Susan. I hope I can get
    my colors going that way on my shawl.

    Comment by Thomasean — July 28, 2007 @ 8:52 am

  13. Now that’s weird! Did she start at a different point with the yarn? You know, yours is very pretty, just you being over critical of your work I’m sure.

    Comment by Carol — July 28, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  14. So, I am a lurker! because I read the blog from time to time but don’t
    comment. Hmmm. I think that my southwest color scheme in the family room just
    made your colors brighter and we did have fun. Pat

    Comment by Patricia Meyer — July 30, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

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