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My mother and I wore matching Kauni sweaters on the first day.

Finished Kauni

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Pattern: Kauni Cardiagan

Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 in rainbow

Needles: 6

Size: Small

Amount of yarn used: 311 g.

Source of Yarn: Webs, an order split with my mom.

Modifications: None, really.

Thoughts: Well, one of my friends referred to it as ‘the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.’ Another winces and asks if I’m really going to wear it. At church, though, I got a bunch of compliments on it. It’s nice having something bright and cheerful.
This was also my first steeked project. I’m not sure how often I’ll use them in the future, but it’s a nice skill to have.
Also, in less than a month, I’ve finished two projects!

Coming along

Well, in a stunning and surprising turn of events, it’s cold here. Right now, we’re finally up to 11 F (-12 C). Yesterday had a low of 4 F (-16 C). Caleb bought a face mask on Sunday, and, when I saw that the average low for the rest of the month is 13 F, I ordered one this morning.

When we saw my family for Christmas, my mom delivered three pairs of mittens that she’d knit for Afghans for Afghans. (Their next due date is in mid-February). I finally wove in the ends this morning, as well as weaving in the ends on a pair of mittens I’d worked on while the car had a five hour appointment on Friday. (All’s well.)

I also washed Kauni today. It’s patted out to dry, and I hope to get the sewing parts done this week.

Hello again.

Knitting around here (except for an AfA mitten I worked on at the Richard Shindell concert Sunday night) has just about ground to a halt.


Dominion: Intrigue.

Caleb and I had fallen into a routine where he would watch footie (or we’d both watch The Daily Show/The Colbert Report/30 Rock) and I’d knit while reading or sort of watching. Dominion, though, has thrown that off. Instead, we’re playing in a very cutthroat manner, unleashing Saboteurs and Swindlers, trying to buy the most Harems. It’s lots of fun.

Still, I did manage to finish up the front bands on Kauni. Now I need to cut the front steek, weave in the ends, and sew on the buttons. It should be wearable soon!


Well, between 23 and 28 December, my husband drove at least 28 hours. We went from Massachusetts to Delaware to North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.

That got me a lot of time for knitting. I did the neckband and the button band (but not the buttonhole band) for Kauni. I finished up the sleeves on the Central Park. I finished the Rainbow Rome socks.

Luckily, my parents gave me some sock yarn for Christmas, so I was able to start on what I’m now calling the In the Dark Socks. Why the name? Well, I started knitting them in Connecticut in the dark. They felt right and the stitches counted out correctly. I checked them from time to time in the headlights of another car, but I don’t really know what they look like. The yarn was very pretty in the ball, though.

Pictures to come soon.

Thinking about colors

I picked up stitches around the neck of Kauni, but wasn’t happy with how the collar looked.

full sweater

The color of the bands was too close to the color of the collar:

unattractive bands

As I looked at some of the completed Kaunis that I particularly like (suc as mlqknits, alwayscastingon , cindym , artnitter , yarnharlot , eclaire , tanteull , briagha , uncleleona , and LaurieB ), I realized that a lot of them have a neckband that doesn’t use colors that are in the shoulder area (which would probably fix the problem of the colors being so close they look odd together), and a lot of them have the neckband and the button bands the same. These seem to give the sweater a unified look that I really like.

I think I’m going to be pulling a lot of yarn and going for a purple band with gold purls.


Hitchhiker is finished! It’s drying from its washing and blocking even as I type.

It’s a present, so no finished pictures or report until the recipient receives it.

Once I was finished with it, I moved back to Kauni. I sewed the stitches on the sides of the steeks and cut the neck and armholes. I’m currently picking up the stitches to make the neckband. This may be finished by the end of the year!

Mostly done

The knitting of the body and sleeves is done!

Happy sweater

I need to cut the steeks, work the bands, procure buttons, and sew on buttons. I feel I’m doing pretty well.

I’m starting on the Central Park Hoodie again. 

It depends on the meaning of the word Rhinebeck.

Well, my plan is to take Kauni to Rhinebeck. Wearing, though, may be a problem. I’m knitting the last band before the second cuff. I still have to cut the steeks, knit the bands, procure buttons, and sew buttons.

I think I’ll try to get the buttons at Rhinebeck. The sweater will probably be worn triumphantly afterwards. I don’t think it would look too great as a cardigan with the steek area down the front.

I think the main reason for me being behind on this is the two months I spent in Italy. I think it’s a fair tradeoff.

Knitting quickly

Sweater with one and a fraction sleeves

I’ve been working dutifully on my sweater. I have six days left before Rhinebeck, and the first sleeve was 13 bands long. The second sleeve is into its fourth band, leaving me nine bands, the cuff, the neck, and the button bands to do before Rhinebeck. It should be interesting!