One of the final dyers who have contributed to our anniversary book is Koigu. Their one-of-a-kind colour ways are hand painted, capturing a little bit of magic and creativity in each speckle of dye. Now we have not one, but two custom shades to inspire new projects and colour combinations. Make sure to read to the end of the blog to find out about our giveaway – two readers can win two skeins of our Koigu Anniversary colours! (This competition is now closed – but we’ll certainly have more in the future)
And speaking of starting projects, our wonderful Loopette Emma did just that when our first secret batch of Koigu arrived early in the summer. Taking the two skeins of custom colour P756 and two of shade KPM 2504, she has knit a stunning sample using the updated version of our classic Ripple Scarf pattern, designed by Juju Vail for the Loop blog.
We’ve edited the pattern with options to make it wider, longer, plus corrected any pesky errata and best of all, the pattern is still free! The original post now has the new PDF but you can also click here to download your copy.
We’ve also got a little interview with the dyers behind Koigu, so you can find out all the behind the scenes stories.
Hello! Tell us a little more how Koigu started and how it is still a family run business today.
The Koigu headquarters are located in Chatsworth a few hours outside of Toronto. Harry and Maie Landra first purchased the farm in 1972, and though it was intended to be their weekend retreat, within a decade it became the family’s permanent residence.
Koigu Wool started out as a small operation with Maie hand spinning and dyeing the fleece from the Landra flock, with the name Koigu chosen to honour Harry’s ancestral home in Estonia. Taiu helped her mother with the daily farm work, spinning and dyeing, and after graduating from University, put all of her energy into making the company economically viable.
In the end, we decided it was time to put the sheep to pasture and outsource our wool, and we worked closely with a mill so that they would spin the fine merino to our specifications. The resulting yarn was our signature Premium Merino. Soft and light, the yarn became a superstar and demand skyrocketed. For the first 5 years, KPPPM was produced in the Landra farmhouse kitchen, as the operation grew, it became necessary to build a 5500 square foot wool shed to house the yarn production.
With demand as high as ever, Koigu yarn is still dyed, hanked, labeled and shipped by us Landra women and a small handful of local employees. While we use the efficiency of machines where we can, every skein shipped from our warehouse is lovingly painted by technician and each dyelot an unique original.
Many thanks to the team at Koigu! If you’ve been keeping count, you may know that this our last dyer interview, but never fear we still have a couple more posts up our sleeves for you. Leading up to the release of the book in early September we’ll have a few more features with several of the talented creatives involved.
We announced on the blog last week that we are now taking pre-orders for our anniversary book and lots of you are taking advantage of our early birds 10% discount. Place you order here, and please note, if you do order other items in the same transaction the entire order will be held at the shop and only dispatched when the book is available. If you wish to receive your other items sooner, please place two separate orders.
Other exciting news, is the winners of last weeks giveaway! We gave two of you the chance to win a skein of our Madelinetosh Merino Light colour ‘London Cosmopolitan’ plus two balls of the Orkney Angora in ‘Ghost’ – very handily being enough to knit Stephen West’s design for the book, ‘Meandering Shawl‘.
We had an overwhelming number of entries, so thank you to everyone who entered. And the winners are… first from the blog it’s Kate who said, ‘To choose one favourite? Too much!!! I want to say celadon and winter wheat but if I must choose just one: POSY it is… Such soft delicate shades (as well as all the saturated lovelies too!!)’ – and from Instagram, username KarenLouc. Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize.
If you missed out this time, the good news is that you have the chance to try again! We’re giving away two skeins of each custom colour and will chose one winner for each shade. Like last week, there are two ways to enter. Either leave a comment below letting us know which project from the book will be first on your needles (the perfect excuse to read through the blog interviews again!) or head to our Instagram account LoopLondonLoves and follow the instructions detailed on our Koigu picture to enter. (This competition is now closed)
We’ll be choosing one winner at random from the blog, and one winner at random from Instagram, so you are welcome to enter yourself via both! The giveaway closes at midnight GMT on Wednesday 5th August and the winners will be notified next week on the blog. (This competition is now closed)
Good Luck and Happy Knitting and Crocheting!