My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. I would love a book on shawls, I have only made one so far, but would make more if I have the opportunity to have this book. The colors in the yarns look beautiful!

  2. I’ve never knit with Koigu. This would be a good opportunity to try!

  3. Me I hope! (I horde handpainted yarns and would love patterns worthy of them)

  4. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I would love to win this book.

  5. I am a long-time Koigu lover and this book looks fabulous. Thanks for offering it.

  6. Susan D Smith says:

    I’d love to win the Koigu book! I have several of the Koigu magazines and love the patterns, especially the shawls and patterns for home decor.

    BTW, love the rabbit patterns and their seasonal/holiday dresses!

  7. I would really love to win the book. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  8. Charlotte says:

    Dotti & Inga are so cute in their new dresses. My Knitters & Spinners group would love the new shawl book.

  9. Savannagal says:

    Thanks for your generosity. I’d have hung onto this one. Lots of lovely patterns in the book. Good luck to all.

  10. Martina N says:

    I love Koigu… always buying some at MDSW! There are so many slight variations of colorways and put together can produce amazing colorful garments!

  11. OMG that is a beautiful book!

  12. Nancy DeMere says:

    Can’t believe how much Loki loves your phone–that is so cute!

  13. Gorgeous colors and shapes. Love it. Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. I would love to win this book. I am looking for a new project and sure this book would be perfect!

  15. grace yaskovic says:

    I never tend to win these things but shawls are my life and I know the book will be well used and well loved!!!! Thanks for always giving us the opportunity!!! I have wound up purchasing many of the books you review!

  16. Wow, the colors are fantastic! Especially at this time of year when we’re so very sick and tired of white!!! Thank you for the post!

  17. I’m into shawl knitting – would love this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  18. What a lovely looking book and you are so sweet to give it away instead of keeping it yourself! Your bunnies and Loki are, of course, as gorgeous as always!

  19. P.J. Coldren says:

    I certainly do not have the Luck of the Irish when it comes to things like this – but I can’t win if I don’t enter . . .so here I am, lusting after yet another book about creating lovely things from sticks and strings. Thanks for the chance to enter, and (remotely possible) win.

    P.J. Coldren

  20. What a lovely collection. I’m sure I need more patterns! 🙂

  21. Heather K says:

    Shawls are ME- and I absolutely adore Koigu’s colours.
    I really hope it is my turn to be lucky this time, LOL.

  22. Jennifer says:

    Very neat! I have never knitted with Koigu–don’t know why. This book is certainly inspirational. Thank you for offering it.

  23. I’ve been inspired to knit bunnies!!!!

  24. Thanks for sharing the book. The patterns look lovely (Victoria caught my eye…).

    Is Loki planning to make a call? He is very intent…!
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  25. technikat says:

    I love that photo of Loki. He looks so engrossed in your phone. The book looks lovely. I wonder how I can get my hands on some Koigu.

  26. Wow! That is very generous! Looks like a book full of beautiful patterns.

  27. Lynne in Florida says:

    I would! Me, me, me, meeeeee! Pick ME! Dash just blows me away – I must have it! In green, please, for the bulky, and KPPPM in a turquoise and aqua and blue with a touch of lavender – yum!

  28. I love Koigu so I hope I win this one . I have some skeins in my stash. Dottie and Inga are adorable.

  29. I’d like the book – please.

  30. Oh Loki

  31. Those are lovely shawls and the book would be a great addition to my stash of knitting books.

    Love the dolls!

  32. My first shawl was knit from Koigu too. Love it!

  33. ohhh very fun! I’d love this book. Thanks!

  34. That book looks amazing and those bunnies – fabulous.

  35. I have some Koigu at home. This book would be perfect!!

  36. This book looks great! Would love to add it to my knitting library. I would be more than tempted if I were you, thanks for generously offering it for a giveaway!

  37. Want! Want! Want!
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  38. Deena Marshall says:

    Looks like a lovely book!

  39. I’d love to win the book.

  40. Anita T. says:

    I would love to win the book, thank you for the opportunity.

  41. love the colors

  42. Kristen Machowski says:

    Such a great book I’d love to be able to get it. This would be so helpful for the busy colored yarns that are just too pretty for socks.

  43. Starfish is a beautiful wrap.

  44. Elaine F says:

    would love this book

  45. I love Koigu’s fingering-weight yarns. It’s one of my favorites for shawls.

  46. those bunnies are so adorable. I am so sorry that they were tricky to knit but I will keep them on my to do list. The shawls look lovely. The yarn makes the patten and although I dye my own fiber, kpppm is irresistible.

  47. I would really like to win the book, the patterns look lovely! I just love Dottie and Inga, my mother and grandmothers names, in their cute little dresses. And of course I love Loki!

  48. Mary Beth says:

    That Starfish wrap is amazing!

  49. I’m all about the color!!

  50. Fuego Azul says:

    Another generous giveaway? Thank you so much! And There is way too much adorable happening at your home between Loki & your bunnies. 🙂

  51. Love these! So pretty, great colors!

  52. OMG. This book definitely has my attention. Lots of beautiful pieces to try. .

  53. That looks like a good book to have. Lola is calling to me…

  54. Becky Yarber says:

    The bunny dresses are lovely! Thank you for offering the book in a drawing!

  55. Sandy H. says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed – perfect way to put my Koigu stash to work!

  56. Jenifer Miller says:

    What a lovely book!

  57. Koigu is so pretty and yet sometimes tricky to use effectively. I swear I’ll have to use what I have before I buy more for that reason and then I see another colorway that I just have to have. Maybe this book can improve my rate of ‘knittability’ for the stunning stuff.

  58. Pick me!
    Book looks bunches of fun!!

  59. Helen King says:

    What an awesome book and giveaway! Thank you for a chance to win!

  60. Loki will be playing candy crush or tweeting next!

  61. Beverley says:

    Thanks Wendy I would love a copy of that book! 🙂



  62. I love the PPPM, there is something about the colour combos that lifts my spirit. Thank you for the opportunity to get a copy of this book.

  63. BridgetG says:

    I’d LOVE to be Wrapped in Color!! Or Loki . . . . . .

  64. Julia in KW says:

    Love Love Love Koigu!

  65. Looks like a lovely book! So hope it is coming to my house!

  66. What a beautiful book! Please pick me!

  67. Tara Gelsomino says:

    I love koigu! So excited for this book and would love to win a copy!

  68. What a gorgeous book.