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November 9, 2007

From Susan — What was I thinking??

Filed under: Current Projects,Susan's Kauni Cardigan — lv2knit @ 8:07 pm

Gas is $3 a gallon and going up, the housing market has bottomed out, they are talking recession — so, what do I do?  Buy yarn, of course!  And not just ANY yarn — yarn I already have!

I am talking about Kauni Rainbow.  I was nearing the finish line with my first Kauni Cardigan and then was gobsmacked by the Damask version.  I bought two more huge skeins of Kauni yarn (and I hope it is enough: cross fingers and toes!). 

It arrived today from Wollsucht and was already wound onto cones — very nice presentation.  It inspired me to dabble in a little creative stash maintenance, holiday style:

NewKauni004.jpg picture by lv2knit

Ah-h-h-h-h, see the festive cones hidden in plain sight!!  How do I think I’m going to finish a second Kauni when I haven’t even finished the first??  A true knitting mystery.

Speaking of knitting mysteries: why did I start a new project?  I have plenty of knitting already under way!  I picked up the Lopi yarn I ordered from Needlework Unlimited for this little gem (bought during the Shop Hop):

LopiPattern.jpg picture by lv2knit

and thought, “This is a quick knit.  Maybe I can whip this out and not even miss a beat!” 

NewKauni.jpg picture by lv2knit

The color is actually a very pale grey (Lopi 054) — not so beige as the picture.  It is kind of a quick knit, but really.  What about Lyra, Plisse, Kauni, Homage — the list goes on and on.  I feel conflicted!!

I know a lot of knitters suffer from start-itis, but that doesn’t make it right! ;)  This is a nicely written pattern and I hope to finish it quickly so I won’t be diverted too long from finishing Lyra, Plisse, Kauni & Kauni, Homage….etc.!  I’m outta control!



  1. Nice candle holders.

    Glad I’m usually more focused . . .

    Comment by surly — November 9, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

  2. From Susan — Liah!!

    Comment by lv2knit — November 9, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

  3. Startitis is systemic this time of year, just after the WIP’s have been becoming FO’s and the holiday season is (too) fast approaching! Better to catch Startitis than the flu!

    Comment by Nancy — November 9, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

  4. Um, those are dripless candles, I hope?

    Comment by kmkat — November 9, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

  5. What the heck, as long as you’re having fun!

    Comment by LaurieM — November 10, 2007 @ 12:00 am

  6. I’m with Nancy on this one, it’s the time of year for startitis. Feels so much better to blame something else, that way we know we have no control and we must go with the flow!

    Comment by Mindie — November 10, 2007 @ 6:38 am

  7. Life is too short. Might as well enjoy the ride even if it means having lots of UFOs and WIPs!

    Comment by Marina — November 10, 2007 @ 7:34 am

  8. It’s about the fun. Let’s face it, new projects are fun. They’re all good ones so not to worry, when they’re finished it’ll be a great new wardrobe.

    Comment by anmiryam — November 10, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  9. Spoken like a true addict 🙂 Welcome to the club 🙂
    I love the damask version…. I started the autumn card KAL… and a minimum amount of the cardi and am sorry I did… I really like this one better … HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM mayber a switcheroo?….

    Comment by Michelle — November 10, 2007 @ 10:00 am

  10. Yes, but out of control in a good way… ***grin*** Sure wish you hadn’t showed me that Damask. I’ve got enought Kauni in red and green to do a fabulous holiday sweater. And lots of other things to complete too. Well, we can all have startitis together, can’t we?

    Comment by Ann — November 10, 2007 @ 11:05 am

  11. What a great sweater pattern! I’m going to have to track that down! I think I’m going to take your GAAA suggestion. Chevron Scarf it is!

    Comment by Anna — November 10, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

  12. A month ago I had only 2 projects going at once, now I have 5 maybe 6.(by “going” I mean on the needles not yarn in stash. I can’t count that high)

    Comment by Michele with one L — November 10, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

  13. It’s OK to fall down sometimes. I know I’ve had that “What was I thinking” moment on many occasions for the very same reasons. But I certainly don’t march back to the store with it 🙂

    Your works in progress are a delight and I have every confidence in you. Plus, I like the candle holder idea. Very festive!

    Comment by Karen B. — November 11, 2007 @ 1:04 am

  14. Ars longa, vita brevis. Go for the crafty art. In addition to my own works in progress, I now have several/many more inspired by you guys, including, of course, Roslin hoodie, for which my yarn just arrived on Friday (that one’s only at the swatching stage). Plus I am about to succumb to Kauni fever. Just trying to decide on the pattern — maybe damask and maybe one of the ones I did on graph paper 20 years ago for a Norwegian style sweater. Love you both!

    Comment by Astrid — November 11, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

  15. Hi: is the Kauni sweater named that bacause that is the yarn color? Where do you buy the Kauni yarn? Is it difficult to make with the damask pattern? is damask pattern done like intarsia knitting? thanks!

    Comment by Gwen Arthur — March 18, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

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