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August 19, 2007

From Susan — My Klowny Kauni

Filed under: Susan's Kauni Cardigan — lv2knit @ 2:01 pm

I have been knitting on the sleeve a bit. I think what is going to happen is that one sleeve will be all blue and red, while the other will be yellow/orange and green. Each sleeve will match up with a different part of the sweater. I will cut quite a colorful figure in my new sweater.

Sleeve8-19-07002.jpg picture by lv2knit

I’ve also been trying to knit on the garter stitch squares of the Modular Purse while reading Harry Potter. I’m only on Book 3 (The Prisoner of Azkaban) and, since reading takes away from knitting, I’m attempting to do both at once. The only trouble is positioning the book properly.

It is a very dark and dreary day here today. The news is full of stories about flooding in southeastern Minnesota. My DH is from there and his dad still lives down there. Their old house surely flooded because it did so 12 years ago during that year’s “100 Year Flood.” This time the flooding is much worse.

PS — Now I’m on Book #4!  Woo Hoo!  However, as you all know, they get LOTS longer from this point on!  And my knitting is not growing very quickly either.

PS2 to Connie — I know that Stephanie (aka Yarn Harlot) said she is going to match up her Kauni Sleeves and I say, “Go for it!”  However, I intentionally do not want mine to match.  I like the look of different sleeves.

PS3 — My hubby’s family is not in the flood area now — their old neighborhood was just on the news and it got hit quite hard.

ps4: The Harry Potter audiobooks are over $50 each AND the copies at the library are back ordered for months.  I had already thought of audiobooks since I have a long commute every day, but the $$$$$$$$$$ just did not seem worth it.  I’ve been reading fairly consistently, but a part of me does not want them to end… 🙁


  1. My best thoughts to DH’s dad. Flooding is scary.

    Comment by kmkat — August 19, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

  2. Hmm, I guess it’s not a cardigan for the knitter who wants to be in control over how the stripes come out unless the knitter is willing to buy a whole lot of extra yarn!

    Comment by Marina — August 19, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Hi Susan. I find it funny that even though we’ve started in different places in the color progression, our sweaters are similar in the ways colors come together. Thanks again for sharing the garter border. Love it.

    Good wishes to your relatives in southern MN… we’ve got a few there too. Tough going.

    Comment by Ann — August 19, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  4. Hope the family members are OK. Regarding your sleeves – they look great! You probably know this already but did you see that the Harlot got her sleeves to match? Just a bit controlling?…

    Comment by Connie — August 19, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

  5. I’m wondering if doing one of EZ’s “one-piece” sweaters in this stranded manner would take care of the color matching… Maybe a bog jacket? or a knit-down in the round with steeks. Very beautiful… I certainly think knitting should improve one’s mental health rather than causing a serious outbreak of OCD. Thank your for the inspiring photos.

    Comment by PainterWoman — August 19, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

  6. Thank goodness your family is OK. That said, I’m enjoying all the Kaunis going on and will be anxious to see the different types. I’ll probably never have time for one, so I’ll enjoy living vicariously through the fine works of others 😉

    Comment by Carol — August 19, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

  7. Hope things are okay with your family –

    as for the reading/knitting dilemma – one word… AUDIOBOOKS – all the Harry Potter books are available, and there is something delicious about being read to by a skilled narrator while you knit…

    Comment by Deirdre — August 20, 2007 @ 8:13 am

  8. The one problem with the Harry Potter audio books is the price. They are hard to find for under $40-$50 and I know the waiting list at some libraries is a mile long.

    Comment by surly — August 20, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

  9. Let me be the one to encourage unidentical sleeves! I have often done mismatched sleeves in variegated sweaters–since I’m left handed, I make sure that the cuff of the left sleeve is as dark as possible for practical reasons. Am awaiting my Kauni yarn, & loving all the ones I’ve seen in various blogs. All these different members of the same family! It’s quite inspiring!

    Comment by Pam — August 20, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  10. Your sweater looks beautiful; can’t wait to see a side-by-side comparison of the sleeves!

    Comment by Eileen — August 20, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

  11. I *heart* your Kauni! Go make some yummy warm chocolate chip muffins, turn on all the lights in the house and make yourself a nice cup of tea. If tea, knitting and chocolate chips don’t make it a cheerier day, I don’t what to say! 😉


    Comment by Romi — August 20, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

  12. A tip: try searching ebay for the HP audio books. I have been very, very lucky there…Love the contrast between sleeve and body on the cardigan.

    Comment by Laura — August 20, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

  13. I had just finished my Kauni cardigan over the weekend when the temperature dropped to 60 so I got to wear it! I love it more than I thought I would. I even found some square buttons. It’s a very comfortable sweater and I think I’m going to get alot of wear out of it. I washed it and let it soaked for about half an hour then spun it and put it on the wooly board overnight. It softened and developed a nice halo. It is almost as light as a fair isle. I decided not to obsess about the colors and mismatched sleeves and I’m pleased with the results. The only change I made was to make the neck smaller. I usually make a push to finish a project when I want to wear it. Now I have to knit the sleeves on RONA before fall.

    Comment by Claire — August 21, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  14. Hope the day got better! 🙂

    Comment by Romi — August 21, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  15. Luv the checkered bottom of your Kauni…plan to do same. Did you knit the bottom with same needle size of body or did you go down a size?

    Comment by Dina — August 22, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

  16. I just checked out the results of the knitting categories at the MSF and saw your multitude of ribbons – congratulations!! Can’t wait to see your pieces when I get out there.

    Comment by Renee — August 23, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

  17. Hi… I have a question about the shaping at the back of the neck of Ruth’s Kauni cardigan and I’m hoping that you can tell me what you did.

    The pattern says to decrease 2 stitches 7 times, as on the front. To me, that sounds like it means every other row as that’s what I did on the front. However, (I’m making the middle size) I only have 1.5″ to accomplish this.

    Did you decrease every other row, or every row, to shape the back of the neck?

    Thanks for any help. I’m anxious to cut and move onto the sleeves!

    Comment by Joanne — October 13, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

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