I popped over to the shop yesterday to visit with Kathy and Kate and Svea and several others of you. Okay, I’ll admit it. The Koigu Painter’s Paletted Premium Merino arrival drew me in. I used to be in the camp that 100% percent merino yarns – especially those that have as soft of a hand as Koigu would be a bad choice for socks. No nylon? No higher micron count wool for durability? However, about 4 years ago or so I designed and knit my Flatiron Clog Socks and they still look nearly as new as they did fresh off the needles. And no, they have not spent the past 4 years in my sock drawer. I wear them nearly weekly during the winter. I don’t even handwash them! I have a front loader with a handwash cycle that I use and then I let them air dry on a drying rack. Have your doubts? One of my four year old Koigu socks is on display at the shop so go see for yourself!
Eleven fun colorways from cool blues to hot oranges and pinks arrived at the shop. I have to confess that the longer I handled all 11 colorways in the different lights around the shop and garden the more colors I fell in love with and wanted to bring home with me.
For design work I’m more often drawn to the semi-solid and more muted analogous colorways so the work of interesting stitch patterns shows up. But the mixed media side of me who paints and collages loves the more wild colorways. One of them, rich with orange, purple, golds and other fall colors is just screaming to become a Halloween sock!
Of course KPPPM is known as a “sock yarn” but it would be a fabulous choice for a small triangle shawl/scarf like Ysolda’s Ishbel from Whimsical Little Knits or any of the numerous fingering weight cowls listed on Ravelry. It is also the obvious choice for the dynamic Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Giftsand the infamous Charlotte’s Web Shawl from Knits From a Painter’s Palette as well. How is one to decide? What do you want to knit with KPPPM?