A lot of people correctly identified the rainbow yarn as being a particularly colorful shade of Kauni Effektgarn. Which I thought was funny because A) I had deliberately put it in the back of that photograph so that it wouldn’t be visually distracting, and B) it’s this, like, whole big thing.
A friend gave me the first of those two skeins, which was very exciting. After browsing Ravelry for pattern ideas, I was smitten with the Rainbow Scarf which uses two skeins of this yarn, starting from opposite ends of the skein, and creates a pattern using double knitting.
Let’s just say, this is a scarf that would have a lot of “Pow!”
I ordered a second skein, and wound it from the opposite end, and even cast on and started the first row. And that is when I remembered Oh yeah, I hate the double knitting technique more than life itself.
Double knitting, if you haven’t tried it yet, is basically a crazy-ass technique for knitting in the round on straight needles. Instead of knitting around on a circular needle, you knit back and forth, and slip every other stitch.
You can get some great color effects this way, and a double thickness of knitting. Gayle is working on some double knit socks that look awesome. Two other cool double knitting projects I have seen are the Longcat/Tacgnol scarf [non-Ravelry link] and this awesome Deathflake scarf.
Down side to the double knitting technique: you have to “touch” each stitch twice, since first you slip it and then you knit it. So it’s as much work as knitting it twice. And if you screw up, it’s soooooooper obvious, and a huge pain to rip back and fix.
How many hours of knitting would it take to finish a scarf in double knitting worked at 6 stitches to the inch? My guess is: all of them. All the hours.
My current half-hearted plan is to use this yarn to knit a two-color brioche scarf. And then? Good question.
It might make a good auction item for an LGBT charity? But I have this mental picture of me handing it to the auction manager and having them say “Sorry – that is TOO MUCH RAINBOW. Please leave.”
And I would be all, “But that just makes it extra Pride!”
And then they would say, “That is too much Pride. WE HAVE LIMITS.”
And I would say, “But you are wearing assless chaps to an afternoon event.”
And they would say, “Yes, exactly: the person wearing assless chaps is telling you that your scarf is too much.”
And then I would try to slink away, but everyone would be staring at THAT SCARF.
And that is the story behind the two cakes of Kauni rainbow yarn.