Friday, November 11, 2011

Special preview: Koigu Magazine 2

I am very pleased to be able to provide you a special preview of the brand-new Koigu Magazine, Issue 2.  KM 2 should be arriving at your local yarn shop very very soon. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at some of the 32 lovely patterns inside.

The theme of this issue is "On The Go" -- smaller projects, like accessories and home dec items, along with projects that are easily transportable. The magazine begins with short profiles of the contributing designers, then features an article by Sue Mitchell on picking Koigu colors. Next are the patterns.....

Garden Gate Socks by Barb Brown

Laura Zukaite makes her Koigu Magazine debut with a cropped shrug and a capelet done in a patchwork of ribs

Sweet, by Laura Zukaite

while Maie Landra designed the striking zigzag sweater on the cover (above).

The only other adult sweater (in keeping with the on-the-go theme) is this lovely red pullover with a sharply scalloped body.

Astrid by Astrid Schramm

The rest of the patterns fall primarily into the accessory category. There are hats of all kind, from watch-style

An Impish Smile by Un-Jung Yun

to fair isle to entrelac and more.  There are lovely socks (all by GKIYH pal Barb Brown), including these spectacular knee-highs

Vineyard Kneehighs by Barb Brown
and these charming anklets.

Autumn Berries by Barb Brown

You'll find several scarves, knit vertically and horizontally,

Rainbow in Ribs, by Marji LaFreniere

a stunning red lace shawl

Apex Shawl, by Carolyn DesChamp

and some less-typical items, like this sweet kerchief.
Patch of Berries, by Maie Landra

With a whopping 32 patterns in this issue, you will find bags, jewelry,

Cluster of Grapes, by Taiu Landra

and home dec items, like this tablerunner made of mitred squares.

Squares & More Squares, by Maia Landra

Another one of my favorites from this issue are the clever round pillows:

Candy Swirl Pillows by Shiri Mor

I love the way Shiri Mor used relatively thin areas of each color  to get a striping effect -- very clever.

Of course you will also find my baby hat and cardigan (shown with a baby blanket designed by Maie Landra):

Ginger, by me

Koigu Magazine 2 will be hitting the shelves of your local yarn shop any day now.

Don't forget:

I'll be teaching at Loop in Philadelphia this weekend.  There's still some room in my classes:  Making Friends  with your Handpaints from 10 to 1 on Saturday, and Secrets of the Schematics from 10:30 to 12 on Sunday. I'll be in the shop both afternoons with lots and lots of Black Bunny Fibers yarn and some rovings, too!  Plus Craig always has an amazing selection of yarns and patterns, with Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter and Loft yarns, a new shipment of Koigu (I am pretty sure Magazine 1 is in stock, but not sure if No. 2 arrived yet), Rowan (bestill my heart) and you can get your fabric on next door at Spool.  (There's a fat quarter pack of Amy Butler's Lark with my name on it....)

See you there!

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