My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Wrapped in Color

I recently received a review copy of this lovely book:


This is Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit in Koigu Handpainted Yarns by Maie Landra and Taiu Landra. As you may know, Maie and Taiu are the mother-daughter team responsible for the little slice of heaven known as Koigu.

I think Koigu’s Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) fingering weight merino was my first experience with handpainted yarns, back before thousands of indie dyers dotted the yarny landscape. It is still a favorite of mine, and there are now several different yarns available in their line of handpaints.

This is the latest book of designs created specifically for these lovely yarns. Most of the designs are by Maie, with a couple from Kersti and Taiu Landra, and a few from “outside” designers whose names you will recognize. You can take a look at all 30 designs here on Ravelry.

Some of my favorites:


Patch of Berries. Koigu has released a variation of this pattern in the past — perhaps a smaller scarf? I don’t recall, but the pattern stitch is a great one for gloriously variegated yarn.


Starfish is a lovely long dramatic wrap.


Silver Lace has a lovely all-over pattern reminiscent of traditional Shetland lace motifs.


Dash is knit from DK weight Kersti in an easily customizable strip sequence.


Lola is an awesome dramatic wrap knit from Koigu Bulky weight and the fingering weight KPPPM.

I’m tempted to be greedy and keep this for myself, but I’ll be a good person and offer it up in a giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit in Koigu Handpainted Yarns by Maie Landra and Taiu Landra, please post a comment on this post by 11:00 AM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 15, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, at home . . .

The next time you see my Sous Sous sweater, it’ll be done.


And here are Dottie and Inga wearing their March dresses.


And here is Loki, doing one of his favorite things: watching my phone restart!




  1. Patricia says:

    Pick me .

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. This would be a wonderful addition to my knitting book library!

  3. Diane Vanderwerff says:

    WOW!!! I would love to win this book!

  4. Lovely yarn, lovely book! One of these days I’ll win something…
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  5. Barbara R. says:

    I may just buy it myself. I got LOTS of Noro!

  6. I love colorful patterns and yarn! Neutrals have their place, but I really do like color.

    Loki is absolutely adorable as always. 😀
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  7. linda-kaye says:

    What a gorgeous book! Thanks for the opportunity Wendy!

  8. I’ve never taken the plunge with handpainted yarn – this could inspire me!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  9. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  10. The bunny girls look lovely in their shamrock dresses.

  11. What a nice book of patterns and ideas 🙂
    I love shawls!

  12. Wow! This book is totally awesome! Hoping I win

  13. I am a shawl addict!

  14. I would wear that book……I would knit about 90% of what`s in it I love it

  15. Love Koigu!

  16. Murray McKnight says:

    I would love to receive a copy of this wonderful book. Thanks for offering.

  17. Interesting looking book, thanks

  18. Amy Schulze says:

    Lovely book! Would love to add it to my library!

  19. Courtni Wright says:

    Lovely book. Would love to try the patterns.

  20. You had me at Koigu!

  21. Beautiful designs for the gorgeous yarns! If I win the book, I will have to make one of the shawls for my mom.

  22. Suzie Picciano says:

    Love Dotty and Inga’s ever growing wardrobe!

  23. Love the yarn and would love the book!

  24. Lee Long says:

    I love love love their yarn. I also love your bunnies.

  25. Deborah Gajee says:

    Love their yarn and would love to win their book too. Thanks for the chance.

  26. Would love this book! Love your site.

  27. I can’t believe you’re giving ti away! It is *so* you!
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  28. I am drooling over the book and the gorgeous yarn. I’ll have to buy this book if I don’t win.

  29. I’ve always liked this yarn. It’s so nice to work with.

  30. Can’t wait to see the finished SousSous.

  31. I’ve got to say that any time I see a blog post from you and Loki, it totally makes my day! I’ve just started knitting a shawl with KPPPM. Beautiful stuff and very nice to work with. I would love to be entered to win this book. Thank you.

  32. Pretty yarns and beautiful colors!
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  33. The Lola wrap is amazing

  34. Lu Mahon says:

    Beautiful! Lola looks like a fun knit!

  35. Love koigu and would love this book.

  36. Love the yarn and no doubt the book – as well as Dottie, Inga and Loki…

  37. Would love this book, even the cover is pretty!

  38. Lovely yarn! Beautiful projects!

  39. patricia says:

    Love the starfish- so dramatic. Loki looks so intense!

  40. I would love this book.

  41. Kris Peters says:

    Love patterns that enhance hand-painted or variegated yarns!

  42. Carol Brookover says:

    Lace shawls are my passion right now so any new books about shawls is on my wish list… Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  43. Margaret says:

    Combine color with shawl, what a treat!!!!

  44. Love, love, love Koigu yarn and designs!

  45. Jennifer T says:

    The patterns all look so lovely. Thanks.

  46. Ruth Porter says:

    A lovely book indeed! I would like to add it to my library.

  47. I love all the patterns in this new book! And, I’m really loving your new knit project, that is going to be gorgeous…

  48. Lovely! I’d love to win such a set of patterns!

  49. Debbie S says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love the bunny dresses. So darn cute

  50. Pick me. Pick me! Seriously, I’d love to win this book.

  51. Jillsusan says:

    I’m all about the color. Would live this book!

  52. Wrapped in Color is a heavenly collection. I would love to win and add it to my library.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  53. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. It looks lovely! I’m always amazed at how quickly you knit.

  54. Rusty Boyd says:

    Would love this book!

  55. I’m lovin’ it!

  56. Christel says:

    Beautiful book! Would love to own it!

  57. Gorgeous Book!!! I need to add it to my knitting library and super yummy koigu yarns.

  58. Gorgeous patterns!

  59. This looks like an awesome book! I really love the March bunny dresses – how cute! And Loki watching the phone is just precious;O))

  60. So many interesting designs in this book. Thanks for giving it away, Wendy!

  61. Randomly pick mr, please. I love Koigu.

  62. Midnite Baker says:

    Looks like a yummy book. Have always loved the variegated yarns. Give Loki an ear rub for me. M

  63. Beautiful book.

  64. Susan James says:

    I LOVE Koigu. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a color of Koigu I didn’t love!

  65. paula henderson says:

    Beautiful patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to try & win!

  66. margie kovacic says:

    I would love this pattern book. I could make more shawls for charity.

  67. Sandra Kerr says:

    Me, I would love it. I love shawls.

  68. Ginger Klein says:

    I love Koigu and I already have a project selected from this book!d

  69. Margaret Griffin says:

    I love koi go yarn and would love a copy of the book. Thanks for giving it away and not keeping it for yourself.

  70. Judy Kaplan-Levitt says:

    I have been in love with the beauty of Noro yarns from the first time I saw them. I’ve bought many skeins, but have yet to knit anything with them. I just adored looking at the beatiful colors! I would be so happy to win the book, because the “Dash” poncho just took my breath away. thanks for the chance……and Happy Almost Spring!

  71. Patch of Berries is gorgeous.

    Dottie and Inga always bring a smile to my face! Please do keep showing us pictures of them. Their dresses are adorable!

  72. Oh my gosh! I love Koigu! I would love to win. Your bunnies are adorable and so is Loki!
    gussek on Ravelry

  73. Ellen Perry says:

    I love color and I love your designs
    Missellen rav ID

  74. Ellen Perry says:

    I love color and I love your designs
    The bunnies are so cute wit heir March clothes on
    Missellen rav ID

  75. I love to knit shawls! This would be a great present to myself!

  76. Lovely book, lovely yarn. I’d love to have it inmy collection.
    Loki is adorable!

  77. I need that book! Please?

  78. Lovely book, lovely yarn. I’d love to own the book.
    Loki is absolutely adorable!
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  79. I’d love to own that lovely book -have a nice collection of the yarn just waiting for the right patterns.
    Loki is absolutely adorable!
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  80. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Oh, very lovely! (And me with a half a bin full of Koigu PPPM yarns in a variety of colorways, just waiting to be matched up with the right pattern(s)! Thanks, Wendy.

    Kathy and Rocky

  81. Wendy, I’m so hoping to win that book!! I’ve been making things for everyone else forever….now I’d like to make something for me. I love looking at Koigu…..I just never found the right pattern for anything.
    So this is your chance to help me buy more yarn!
    Cassie and Zoe say “Meollooo” to Loki…they think he’s so handsome!!


  82. I’d love to knit the Lola pattern from the new Koigu book..Pick me!!!!

  83. Koigu is one of my fave yarn companies! Thank you for a chance to win this delish book.

  84. I have always been fascinated by KPPPM but have never figured how to use it. This book is just the right thing to get me into it. Odds are someone else will win, but I have from now to Sunday to just pretend. Even just drooling over all the colors is fun too.

  85. Roseanne says:

    Ooooooh beautiful!

  86. CathyHerb says:

    Nice book! Thx for offering this giveaway!

  87. Looks like a lovely book. It’s always an interesting challenge to find a pattern that makes the most of hand painted yarn.

  88. celestine says:

    Looks like a great book.

  89. Kathleen Kennedy says:

    I would sooooooo love this book!!!!

  90. Lovely patterns highlighted, Silver Lace looks great.

  91. Love your blog and that book looks wonderful! I love shawls for just about any time of the year, for those little or big chills! Thanks for the offer and everything you do for us, even to keep us entertained! 😀

  92. The book looks great. Will buy it even if I am not picked!

  93. Nice book. Better watch it with Loki he probably has a webcast going on while you are at work.

  94. just bought a bunch of Koigu so this book will come in handy! Can’t wait to se sous sous because I’m thinking of making one for myself.

  95. I would love to win the book. Loki is saying hurry up phone I need to get on the web and order my toys before Mom gets back in the room.

  96. Laurie Starr says:

    Illusion, Cobweb, Dash and Valentina are my favorites. What a great variety of designs!

  97. Koigu was also my introduction to hand painted yarn. I bought a bunch on sale when Yarns International closed its doors The book would serve me well.

  98. I would love to give that book to my mother.

    Don’t you love the look Ragdolls get when something is irresistible? My Ruby and Scarlett are fascinated by the DVD player drawer opening and closing.

  99. That book world make a wonderful addition to my library. I’ve been on a shawl/wrap knitting binge lately, and I have a rather large stash of Noro yarn which would be perfect!

  100. Gosh, I just have to giggle at Loki’s “concentration”! When teh kittehs look like this, watch out! The tiny cogs & wheels are turning, and loopy-ness is about to occur. I love the look of this book. I have only bought a few skeins of KPPPM, for a Color Affection shawl (which will be my 2nd, if I ever finish the first!). Love their color saturation.
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