And then there’s Kauni, from Denmark. Kauni has the same type of color progressions that Evilla has, but Kauni does not advertise that they leave the lanolin in the yarn. Perhaps they do leave it in, but it’s not a selling point. And Kauni is sold in balls, not hanks, so I don’t have to wind it before knitting. Kauni is priced the same way Evilla is, and runs about $20 for the average-weight skein. Both Little Knits and my prior favorite store, Webs, carry Kauni. Here’s a project I’m working on with orange/yellow/red Kauni. (The black is Evilla solid black.) It’s called "Sheridan’s Flame Pullover." I couldn’t quite work out how to get a flamelike motif on it, which is what I wanted. Yes. To go with the New Rock boots.
Since these are all the same gauge and construction, they’re interchangeable; I’ve been able to get quite a bit of these in interesting colors from cheap sources! With my new experience in double-knitting (making a reversible item with the colors inverted on the back), I’m loving, loving, loving these yarns. Yes, they’re a bit scratchy. They do soften up a little bit in the wash. Here is a pic of the reverse side of the above item. (Actually, the black with orange boxes will be the outside of the sweater.)
So after I got this far with the black and orange project, I started looking for more intricate motifs online and in my knitting books. There were some, but not a lot, and not the kind of thing I want to knit. Generally snowflakes, reindeer, other Scandinavian-type stuff. So I bought Stitch & Motif Maker from the very talented programmers at Knitting Software and have been designing my own motifs, too. Mentally, I’m unstoppable! (Physically, it takes me longer to knit a reversible motif, of course, than it does to do straight knitting, so I take frequent breaks and come to the computer a lot.)
Here’s a dice bag knit with black solid Evilla and purple/blue shaded Evilla. The motif on the dice bag was one I designed using Stitch & Motif Maker. This was knitted, sewn together, and then felted. It was laundered in a hot wash cycle and then dried in the dryer on Extra Hot for 80 minutes. Of course there was other laundry in with it. It felted, but not terrifically well.
I’m planning all sorts of reversible items. Stay tuned in the coming months for more pictures and descriptions of motifs and items double-knitted with these wonderful yarns.