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Monday, February 23, 2009

Kauni is Here!

This amazing yarn, with the longest colour repeats anywhere, has arrived and I couldn't be more excited!

And what's more, you can now purchase it directly from my website, from the Kauni Yarn Page, with the just a click of a button to choose your colourway.

I first learned about this yarn from Lucy Neatby who, in turn, discovered it on one of her adventure knitting camps in British Columbia. This Shetland-style 100% wool yarn comes from Denmark, but is milled and dyed in Estonia. It comes in the most wonderful colourways imaginable.

Some of them bright and flashy.
kauni_eq_004_400    kauni_ex_011_400
Some naturally toned and moody.
kauni_ev_008_400    kauni_eh_005_400
Some understated and subtle.
kauni_en_0022_400    kauni_ea_001_400
Something for every mood.

Classified as a fingering weight yarn, it is closer to sport weight. With larger needles, it behaves more like a double knitting or light worsted weight yarn since it has quite a halo and blooms more as you work with it and wear it. I have used it to re-work some of my patterns and have been delighted with the results.

The image at the top of the page is the Kauni version of Earth Maiden and the one below is Lady of the Forest.
I used 6.5 mm. needles (US 10.5) to knit this Lady, just as specified in the pattern.

What impressed me was the fact that my patterns did not have to be re-written to accommodate the new yarn. Needle size and gauge remained the same. It was simply a matter of picking up the pattern, choosing the Kauni Effekt colourway, and getting on with the knitting.

More will be coming soon on these new interpretations of my patterns, in the upcoming Kauni Collection.

Meanwhile, my wonderful web designer, Peter Eastwood of Eastwood Design, has been working hard to get the new web pages ready. He has also been getting the PayPal shopping cart up and running so that you can now purchase yarn directly from my website. Soon the yarn kits for many of my designs will also be available through PayPal.

Hats off to you, Peter!

Posted by Ilga Leja on 02/23 at 06:50 PM
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