Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Summer treats.


What's better than a big bowl of Koigu gelato to cool you off on a summer's day? I can think of nothing. The ever-generous and always delightfully sassy Heather sent this delicious bundle of Koigu to me as a surprise summer treat. What Heather may not have known about me is that I have this secret soft spot for Koigu, but, strangely, I have never knit with it before (shocking, I know). Well, I've knit the ribbing of my fingerless mitts in semi-solid gray Koigu, but that's it. I do have a small bit of Koigu in my stash, but I've not yet knit with it. The thing with me and Koigu is that I tend to be warily suspicious of variegated yarns. I also tend to be overwhelmingly indecisive, and as Koigu comes in a enormously vast number of pretty, pretty variegated colorways, I tend to sit and drool over Koigu anytime I see it, but I never commit to any, being a semi-solid loving, indecisive kind of gal. So, it was especially wonderful to find this gorgeous fibery package in my mailbox. It's beautiful! And I love it most because it didn't involve any decision-making. I'm super excited to finally get to use some Koigu! And just in time to contribute to a fun new Flickr group, KooKoo for Koigu!

Thanks so much for thinking of me, Heather!

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40 Comments:

Blogger pamela wynne said...

Oh, fabulous picture!! And from what you've said recently about your luv for the squishy, I think Koigu will be just your cup of tea (or bowl of gelato, if you prefer).

1:45 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

What a great picture!

(of course, it reminded me of the ice cream social going on in the lobby of our building that I'm so trying to avoid...Sigh)

1:54 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

I'm the same way: the variegationphobia, and the indecision. I can't count the times I've stood in front of a wall of koigu for minutes and minutes, only to buy something else instead. One of these days...


Excellent picture, btw. Come to think of it, a gelato sounds pretty nice right about now.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous cristina said...

i'm the same way with koigu....this one is beautiful and the photo - so creative:)

2:22 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Tasty picture! Such pretty colors! Makes me want to find some blueberries.

2:43 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

What a fantastic picture! You are so creative! I can't wait to see what you do with the lovely gelato.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Great photograph. Did you actually cut a bunch off to put in the spoon or did it come that way? Mad props if you cut it. Anything to get the picture, right?

I have a bunch of Koigu myself and have only knit with it a few times - one full pair of knee highs and one knee high and one sock. I've been thinking I should make a shawl with it instead. I think you'll find there is SO MUCH varigetion in a skein that you don't get the pooling you see in so many other yarns.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Yes, I want to know if you cut the yarn for the photo too?! Great shot, in any event.
Hmmm, Koigu. You know I'll have to get some too now, don't you...

4:24 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

how cute is that picture?! soooo delicious.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Love that photo! I seem to have the opposite problem with Koigu ... a veritable addiction. If I see a colorway I love, I am compulsive and must get it, just in case it's never available again....

4:26 PM  
Blogger Sandra May Be Knitting A Ranch House said...

awesome picture!! i just favorited it over at flickr!

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Stephy said...

Great pic, but Koigu's really not that good with marshmallow sauce. Trust me.

ps--love those goldy socks below

4:50 PM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

great pic indeed! Such a fun idea. And now i'm craving gelato...

5:26 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

that is a great picture. koigu is a favorite of mine, but i can't get it nearby and i like to see it in person . the semi-solids are beautiful too.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

I love Koigu - they really are a treat!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

You'll love it--and it won't be too variegated, you'll see. It is the One True Sock Yarn.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

i'm not sure if anyone has pointed out that this picture? it's perfect.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Micki said...

Yum.

6:08 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Never knitted with Koigu? Oh, you're missing out! You're totally right--wonderful colors (KPPPM and KPM)-- but it's also soft and squishy, which is a treat for the hands. It's not as thin as LL, either (as you know!).

Lovely picture, too--it's hard to resist!

6:22 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

mmmmmmm - delish!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Love that picture! I think you will like the Koigu ... in general I have found it easy to get along with, as variegated yarns go.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

if i start putting my sock yarn in bowls, that'll really give my roommates a good reason to kick me out the door! ha! :)

i'm totally with you on the variegated yarn issues until i actually knit up a pair of socks with them. wait until you start knitting with that koigu - you might be a variegated yarn convert too. :) (btw, i've never experienced any pooling issues with koigu myself.)

8:25 PM  
Blogger Susan Pandorf said...

great picture - very imaginative. And thanks for the tip to the ADD knitter. She's a hoot and a half.

Blessings!

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

let's go to capo giro for gelato on sunday, ok? because you've totally put me in the mood.

maybe a leisurely lunch/brunch somewhere near there, then gelato on the way to the bus station?

or anything else, really. i love the koigu ice cream!

9:29 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

I am so happy that you like it and glad that it has a happy home now. Cheers!

9:32 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

I have found koigu to be not as "pool-y" as some other handpainted/variegated yarns. But I am koo koo for koigu, so I am terribly biased.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

drool

12:57 AM  
Blogger Arianne said...

I am EXACTLY the same with Koigu. Stash it, love it, pet it, but not knit with it (except a tiny swatch). Not because I don't like variegated yarns (I do) but...for some strange inexplicable reason!!

5:04 AM  
Anonymous chris said...

yikes! what happened to the first part of my comment?!

to clarify, this is what i'd written before it disappeared -

lovely photo. it makes me want to take similar shots myself but my roommates are not so understanding about yarn. (and fill in with the rest of my comment posted above...)

my apologies for any misunderstanding!!!

7:20 AM  
Anonymous jennie said...

oh, koigu love! i, too, am totally nuts about koigu. you're gonna love it. the silkiness, the squishiness, the wonder... now I want some!!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

that is a beautiful color - not too heavily variegated - you could always pair it with a solid for something stranded! :)

9:32 AM  
Blogger Lone Knitter said...

You have such a fabulous gift for photographing yarn. So pretty. I also loved the photos you took of my Red Robin on flickr. I think I stared at that one for about 15 minutes before I realized that I was having an out-of-body experience.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Gosh, I don't know if I want some koigu or ice cream more!!!! Lovely photo!

Oh & no worries on the meet up! I know we will meet up next time you are in town (or maybe when I'm in philly in Oct)!!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

That is a gorgeous colourway of Koigu. I have to confess that I'm equally indecisive when it comes to Koigu. I've only knit with it once and I haven't been able to decide on another colourway to purchase.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous brenda in toronto said...

I think this might just be the best. knitting. picture EVARRRRRR!!!

4:32 PM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Mmmm...it really does look good enough to eat!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Friender said...

I. agree. with. Brenda. :)

It is a great photo!

7:59 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

Welcome to the world of variegation and sock indecision. Koigu isn't bad, though...the variegation is not like crazy STR with chunks of dramatically different colors. Koigu is subtle and pretty and deliciously interesting. Now, what will it become? That is the question...

10:23 PM  
Blogger Irie said...

awesome photo... i'm drooling over that spoonful of blue-ness!

12:38 AM  
Blogger BrownPants said...

That photo's fantastic - I love it! (especially since i've never see Koigu in real life...It's an endangered species down this way...)

2:07 AM  

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