When last I wrote, I had started yet another log-cabin blanket. I am happy to report that my knitting happens far more frequently than my blogging, and that I have a finished blanket to show off.
The Kauni Cabin was meant to use up 4 skeins of Kauni wool that I had splurged on a year ago at Stitches West. Like many stash-busting projects started in good faith, this one ended up requiring an additional purchase of 2 skeins of Kauni yarn, partly because I wanted a good-size blanket, partly because I decided early on to edit out all the black lengths in the grey-black skeins. These were saved for the very last logs, in order to frame the blanket in black.
I knitted until I was running out of grey yarn on grey/purple/black skein #3. Most of the third red-pink skein remains for a future project.
The Kauni colorways that I used were ET (grey-black-purple) and EME (reds and dark pink); the blanket was knitted (flat, obviously) on a #3 circular (Addi Lace, my standby these days).
I roughly followed the directions from Mason-Dixon Knitting's How to Log Cabinwith a few modifications: first, the center rectangle was meant to end-up slightly to the right-of-center. I wish I had done a better job of it, which would simply have required significantly wider logs on the left side than on the right. I did that all right, but a bit too subtly.
I went all around the perimeter of the center rectangle, first with one colorway, then with the other. There were enough variations in each skein that the result looks as though I had used a number of different skeins. Sometimes I got lucky, and the ombré shades of grey to light purple, or pink to red, fell smack inside a log. Since the color repeats in Kauni are very long, the yarn seems made for this kind of leisurely striping.
As a guiding principle when knitting each stripe/log (and just because I overthink everything and find rules helpful), I decided to stick with multiples of 3; therefore, each log is either 3, or 6, or 9 ridges high. I tried to vary the placement of thinner or wider logs in different directions, occasionally allowing myself to juxtapose two thin logs at a right angle. It is an effect I like in quilts. One day I may try a log cabin with very slim stripes all over.
The final blanket is just big enough for a twin bed. For now, it lives on the living-room couch. I did not find the Kauni scratchy or unpleasant to knit at all. It softened a bit to the touch as I handled it, and a bit more when I soaked the blanket in Eucalan later... but not enormously so. Merino this is not. Instead it feels pleasantly crunchy-wooly, a wonderful sibling to my mini-stash of leftover shetland wool from Log Cabin Blanket the First. I know from experience that this kind of wool does soften quite a bit simply from being used often (think Velveteen Rabbit -- human warmth will bring it to perfection!)