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Our Great Wall of Koigu just got bigger!

We’ve just received a new shipment of Koigu to replenish and add to our stock of this beautiful hand-painted fingering-weight merino yarn – 112 colourways now available!

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From the Koigu website:

“Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) and Koigu Premium Yarn (KPM) are spun from the finest merino sheep in the world. Plied for durability, this lightweight wool is soft, silky, and retains the natural elasticity of merino. An extremely versatile yarn, the Premium Merino is celebrated by fiber artists around the globe. Ideal for both hand knitting and crochet, as well as machine knitting, weaving and needlework; this yarn is perfect for creating dresses, slippers, sweaters, shawls, blankets, hats, and gloves… the list could go on forever!”

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 170 yds/50g
  • 3.0mm Needles (US 3)
  • 28 stitches by 36 stitches over 10cm by 10cm

A perfect time to come in and stock up on supplies for these popular store sample projects (clockwise):

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- Melissa

Great Wall of Koigu

With the addition of 24 new hand-painted and 25 hand-dyed solid/semi-solid colourways this Fall, our Koigu KPPPM (Painter’s Palette Premium Merino) wall has grown to well over 90 gorgeous shades! The photo below was taken with my iPhone today so quality isn’t the best but you get the idea…

We love Koigu KPPPM and have several great project samples in the store for viewing including our multi-colour Koigu version of Craig Rosenfeld’s Carlisle and a variation on Melody’s Shawl from Morehouse Farms.

Click on images below for project details!

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Variation on a Melody – Koigu Version

- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: A new pattern from Espace Tricot!

We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket

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Happy and colourful, this wonderfully simple baby blanket perfectly matches the joy of welcoming a new arrival into the world. Knit with Koigu KPPPM (100% merino), the We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket is an easy garter stitch project – the first stitch of every row is slipped purlwise with the yarn in front to allow for easy picking up of stitches along each side to create a log cabin style border.   With more than 100 colours of hand-painted Koigu KPPPM in stock the sky truly is the limit in terms of possible combinations.

Pattern available in both English and French!

Click here to view additional photos and to access pattern through our Ravelry project page!

- Melissa

TNNA – a few photos

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since we returned from the Needle Arts Trade Show in Columbus! Some of the  things we ordered while there have already started arriving and I still haven’t posted a photo recap of the trip. As it turns out, we have only a motley collection of poor quality iPhone photos to show – pics taken whenever we happened to think of it. There’s so much we missed because we were too busy having a good time. Still, the few we managed to snap should give a sense of the event and the fun we had shopping for new products to stock at Espace Tricot.

Meeting Stephen West at the Westknits booth

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Lisa and I at Cat Bordhi’s “Seven Super Skills” workshop

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All four of us wearing our finished “Seven Super Skills Cowl” with Cat Bordhi (L-R: Mona, Lisa, Cat, Melissa, Samantha)

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Mona and Samantha spotting Mona’s “Ombre Tank” knit up at the Jade Sapphire booth (in double-stranded cashmere no less!). Sam happened to wearing hers that day too.

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Mona was happy about it!

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A sea of KPPPM at the Koigu booth

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Lisa trying her had at spinning on a Ladybug at the Schacht Spindle Company booth

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Ogling the beautiful laceweight ombre colourways at the Freia booth (lots of this coming!)

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Spotting my “Shadow & Light” design in the wild while waiting in line for Sample it! This yarn store owner knit it with Jade Sapphire 2-ply cashmere – ah, luxury!

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Group photo at the Shibui Knits booth after placing our first order with them!

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Lisa showing her love for the Seattle Cowl at the Alchemy booth.
She’s already finished knitting one of these up!

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Resting (and planning) after a long day of shopping!

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That’s it…until next year!

- Melissa

When all you need is just a little of a good thing…

Koigu Mini-Skeins

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One-thousand Koigu Skeinettes landed in store yesterday and we’re so excited about the creative possibilities these little gems bring with them! The 10m/11yd mini-skeins come in myriad shades of Koigu’s hand-painted semi-solid and multi-colour palettes and are just $2.95 ea.  From pocket linings and turned hems on hats and sweaters in peek-a-boo contrast colours to colourwork projects, toys, and accent trims, mini-skeins provide an economical alternative to purchasing full skeins when all you need is a little.  We’ve been dreaming up all kinds of uses for these – here are just a few project ideas:

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  1. Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits: one skein = one hexipuff!
  2. Little Fair Isle Hat by Purl Soho (free pattern)
  3. Sporty Striped Peds by Purl Soho (free pattern)
  4. Infant Mittens by Purl Soho (free pattern)
  5. Saartje’s Booties – mini skeins are perfect for accent trim! (free pattern)
  6. Bow Pouch by Derya Davenport (free pattern)
  7. Mitaines Rainbow by Elise Dupont (free pattern)
  8. Bird à Pois by Lucinda Guy
  9. LoveSocks by Devon Clement (free pattern)
  10. Latte Baby Sweater by Liselotte Weller
  11. The Secret by Julie Hamilton (free pattern)
  12. Leftie by Martina Behm

Send us your ideas for Koigu mini-skeins  if you have some – we’d love to hear more!

- Melissa

New publications in stock -

Scottish Knits by Martin Storey

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Koigu Magazine – Issue Four

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Interweave Crochet – Winter 2013

Click here to preview!

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Two more store samples…

Again, click on the images for project details!

Boneyard Shawl in Koigu KPPPM

Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief in Handmaiden Camelspin

- Melissa

One happy FO

Hi there – I am back after a week’s hiatus. That gave me enough time to finish my design. I am quite happy with it – though I am not sure if I am really done. There might be some embroidery in the future, for now I have to let it rest and maybe think about it some more until inspiration strikes again.

I worked an A-line body, with four sets of decreases done in intervals. Once I bound off for the underarms, I knit the two sleeves. They are almost straight, I only increased 6 stitches. Once joined with the body, I began with raglan decreases then switched to a yoke style. At about 2″ before finishing, I started working back and forth to get a split neck.

After binding off, I took the neon Koigu and started crocheting the edge. I worked three single crochets (made long by going into the fourth row below bind off) in every third stitch, then decided that it was not quite substantial enough and worked another single crochet row. Then I added a crochet chain with some triple crochet bobbles. That’s it. I think it stayed pretty true to my sketch, don’t you agree?

I have my notes for this size, though I want to add two or three more sizes before publishing the pattern. (Writing it is the boring part, you wouldn’t want to know the details, really.)

- Mona

New Store Sample

Variation on a Melody II – Koigu Version

A few weeks ago I blogged about our version of Melody’s Shawl by designer Melody Moore. That one featured SweetGeorgia’s Merino Silk Lace and Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in complementary colourways. The combination produced a luxurious scarf with beautiful texture. Having noted that the pattern lends itself well to modifications in yarn choice and size, I decided to indulge in a little Koigu colour therapy to work up a fingering weight version of the shawl. The result is a dramatic burst of rich saturated colour we think is stunning! Easy to wear as wrap or scarf, this is a versatile accessory that works with just about any wardrobe. For modification information and exact Koigu colours used, view our project page here.

- Melissa

Hiccups along the way

True to my motto “let’s do this and see what happens” I calculated how many stitches I would have to cast on and pretty much realized right away that the 1.5 times the number would be WAY too big. I went down to 1.3 times the amount and got started.

To avoid that pesky flipping up of the border, I used 2.75 needles (in this case three sizes smaller than the working needles) and it turned out well. After 4″ I worked the first decrease row, all the while wondering if it still felt a bit big, then thinking “I want her to be able to wear it for a long time” and so I kept going. Until I checked my stash and realized that I don’t have enough yarn in that particular colour to actually finish the project. A neglect that is my own fault, but as you will see it turned out to my advantage.

See? I don’t know what was going on in my head there.

I took my WIP off the needles, laid it flat to see if my idea of size was ok – well, let’s just say what sounded good in my head turned out still too big. Since I had to start fresh anyways I was not too upset about this, and if you ever tried to design something you know that this hiccup is a small one and fairly normal – if not all the time. I’m not too pleased that I had to change the colour, but what I am going to use now is absolutely going to work with the neon pink Koigu, and I am convinced the outcome will be still just as imagined. I have decided on the size (yet again) and now that I have less stitches the little top seems to grow faster that before.

From greyish blue to grey.

Since this is meant to be A-line there are decreases to be worked. For this design I spaced them around the garment instead of doing them all where the side seams would be. This way you do not get the droopy tips at the sides – which are absolutely fine when you want them as a design feature, which in this case I do not. The first decrease row is worked, three more to go.

It doesn’t seem like much for this week, but a fair amount of thinking and calculating and doubting was involved. I could have been a bit further but I had to squeeze in a birthday sweater for a 3 year old boy. I am quite happy with the outcome and will post pictures as soon as I get them. Even though I have been taking pictures for my ravelry account since 2007 there are still times when I forget!

- Mona


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