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Koigu Abundance: What would you do?

I finished knitting a deadline project (photos when it’s OK with the publisher) and then dug through my sockyarn. Lo and behold… I found this (click to see detail):

This is ten full, unwound skeins of Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). PLUS at least five half-skeins. It’s total, incredible abundance.

Koigu is a wonder of hand painted yarn. Some of these skeins have perhaps a dozen or more colors in the skein, and none of them look “muddy” from it. Koigu is literally hand painted by a Mother/Daughter team in Canada. It’s art, just one skein is enough to make me smile.

I’ve been collecting this yarn since 2001. At least a few of the skeins are gifts (thanks to my brother Eric and my Sis-in-Love Diana/Otterwise). Right now I’m not sure if I know any shops within driving distance which carry it. None are in the Mid-Mitten group of yarn shops.

It gives me endless pleasure, arranging the skeins in different orders of color. I can pick only those with some turquoise/blue in them. Then I make a rainbow as best I can. Then I decide that green is my focus.

You know, when fairy-Goddaughter Isabel was about 3-4 years old, she delighted in small items, either buttons or these hearts I knit for her 4th birthday.

She would sort by size and by color. She would stack them, then put them in lines and circles on a table. She would put them one by one into my hands and then have me let go and dump them on the table to do it again. I think this yarn is my 52 year old version of Isabel’s buttons!

It has been 10 years of collecting. I did make 4 pairs of socks from this type of yarn early on. (photo at Left is my Goddaughter Sara as a young teen with her Koigu socks).

However, since this yarn is 100% merino, it is actually not very long-wearing in a sock. (I might consider a sock with a solid-colored wool/nylon foot and a Koigu cuff…) However, it sort of begs to be something bigger… something where I can use at least three of the colorways together.

I don’t wear triangular shawls, so that’s out. If I did… Koigu has a shawl pattern called Charlotte’s Web (click for photos) which is popular.

I might consider a stole. I think maybe I’d like a diagonal knit one such as Clapotis (with random striping from one color to the next). Or who knows, maybe one knit in a huge tube and then cut and raveled, like Kristin Nicholas’ Over-the-Top Shawl (the one I’m supposedly already knitting) or the Colourflow Wrap by Christa Giles.

Or a swing top, perhaps? The Ophelia Tunic sweater by Lucy Neatby is designed for handpainted fingering/sockweight yarn. It would be fun and easy to randomly stripe one color into the next on that one, I think.

There is a lovely crochet blanket using this yarn in solids, called Babette (click for photos). Crochet, though, uses up so much yarn! And honestly, I think I’d rather wear this luxury than put it on a couch.

I’m soliciting ideas from those who wish to contribute. If you were me, what would you knit? If it were your yarn rather than mine, what would you make?

14 Responses to “Koigu Abundance: What would you do?”

  1. Alison Chambers Says:

    I like the Ophelia tunic, or perhaps a similar vest.  Whatever you decide, it will be great.

  2. Donna Druchunas Says:

    I’d make a mitered-square shawl on big needles, so the stitches are open and airy.

  3. Tracy Hite Says:

    The Daybreak shawl’s a crescent shape, somewhere between half-round and triangular, designed to be worked in stripes. I haven’t done that one but from the pics I’ve seen on Ravelry it works well with multiple color families like these.

    My favorite shawl to wear is Citron, a half-round. You could use one color group as a primary (either the blues or purples) and change to an accent color for the ruched stripes.

    Both these are smaller shawls as written but are easy to expand. My first full-sized Citron (10 repeats) took about 450g of fingering weight yarns.

  4. Teri Plemel Says:

    I would probably make the Beekeeper’s Quilt. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/tinyowlknits/the-beekeepers-quilt

    So many lovely colors together and it would definitely play into the button collecting theme since it is made out of little stuffed hexagons. Adorable!

  5. Trish Says:

    I love the Colourflow! 

  6. rachelb Says:

    hard choices.  I made a pair of anklets from one skien of Koigu but haven’t worn them much since I cast off too tight and haven’t fixed it yet.  I keep buying single skeins of koigu because of the beautiful colors but other then projects that only use one or two skeins (mitts, hats, cowls and legwarmers) I don’t have any ideas.
    Browsing through ravelry I liked Vertical Kaleidoscope Cardigan, spirit skirt, koigu alligator wrap, Ode to Joy Short Jacket or Afghan Sweater.

  7. Ottergal Says:

    I would suggest either a shawl or a sweater. A cardigan or two would get lots and lots of use, I think (especially at Wheatland!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to look up options. I sure haven’t become more clear with my choice yet. Good thing I have other knitting, until this gets more obvious!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for your input. Haven’t decided anything yet.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    The beekeeper is a good use for many colors together. I think I’d just as soon not make the inside *and* the inside, though. It won’t make as much yardage that way. The modular idea is really good, though!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    I’ve loved the Citron shawls I’ve seen. I wonder if I could make it closer to 2/3 of a circle rather than half? Shawls with a straight edge at the neck seem to fall off me regularly. It sure is pretty, though.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I love mitered squares. Definitely an option. Unfortunately, I have two other mitered square projects in off/on status already. It sure would be pretty, though.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Alison, thanks for taking the time to comment. I have wanted to make the Ophelia tunic for years. It’s definitely on the A-list for this yarn.

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