Item description for Knits from a Painter's Palette: Modular Masterpieces in Handpainted Yarns by Maie Landra...
For more than a decade, Koigu Wool Designs has been a revered source for top-quality handpainted merino yarn and exquisite patterns. Its wools feature a unique and rich palette that's as gorgeous as a painter's. Now, the many needleworkers who are positively obsessive about Koigu can make 25 of the company's best designs and learn more about how owners Maie and Taiu Landru achieve their amazing technicolor results. Over 100 photographs, many shot on location at the Koigu farm, showcase the special wool-dyeing process and fashionable garments, while a special essay discusses the family's background, Maie's influences, and Koigu's day-to-day workings.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 10.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.98 lbs.
Release Date Jan 28, 2007
Publisher Sixth&Spring Books
ISBN 1933027061 ISBN13 9781933027067
Reviews - What do customers think about Knits from a Painter's Palette: Modular Masterpieces in Handpainted Yarns?
Inspiration galore! Real wearable art for knitters Jun 16, 2008
This is definitely NOT for the person who likes plain and simple traditional sweaters.
Knits from a Painters Palette is a breathtakingly beautiful book, one that I often just look through when I need inspiration. The designs range from unusual wearables to runway wearable art, and from scarves and sweaters to long shawls and elegant long skirts. Maie Landra's design sense and her beautiful yarns are a delight for the eyes. The projects are labor-intensive small-needle works of art.
I'll admit that I'm a huge fan of Maie Landra and Koigu yarn. For those who haven't heard of it, Koigu is a hand-painted merino yarn, fingering-weight or sock weight made by the author's company in Canada. The designs in this book make use of the modular knitting technique primarily and use LOTS of different colors, knitted mostly on small needles (size 3-5). One could knit any of the designs with similar-weight yarn successfully, although the resulting garments would look considerably different in terms of color palette. Some of the garments are tailored-looking, others are loose and flowing. And some are amazing-but-who-would-wear-that kind of designs.
There are several patterns included that had previously been published under separate cover as patterns/kits,(Charlotte's web shawl, Toreador Jacket, and Oriental Jacket to name a few) but most of the book consists of new designs, including some adorable yet sophisticated sweaters for children. Included is a useful chapter on how to do modular knitting that is well-illustrated and clear. I've knitted two of the designs and encountered no problems with the instructions.
The only minuses to the book are that they sometimes picture the garments NOT on a body (I always want to see how it hangs on a person, not a hanger), and there are few close-up pictures of either the designs or details on them (which would have been helpful). Very much like glamourous fashion magazines, which makes it a pretty read, but for knitters who want to see the details it's a little frustrating.
Overall, though I love this book and would recommend it to those who love colorful and often challenging-to-knit garments that are worth every minute of time it takes to knit them.
Knits from a Painter's Palette: Modular Masterpieces in Handpainted Yarns Jun 1, 2008
Just what I wanted, I am very pleased with the overall concept, just need to find more time to put it into practice.
Wanting something more Dec 23, 2007
This is a great book and a good place to start with modular knitting. But I would have liked better pictures of the finished pieces and more information about the Landra's and their art. The book just leaves you wanting more and maybe that was on purpose....hmm.....
A Koigu Must Jun 12, 2007
I love Koigu KPPPM. I have made the Charlotte's Web Shawl a number of times and each time I love the enjoyment of the project. I must admit there are a few patterns that I wouldn't dare to make but there are more patterns that I would love to do. The only problem is that KPPPM is not cheap but it is oh so beautiful.
Big Disappointment Mar 18, 2007
I was disappointed that on some items the photography doesn't show the color(s) of the item. All the yarns listed in the patterns are identified by numbers so there isn't any way to tell what color family they refer to. There is no description, nor pictures, of the yarns in the back of the book to help out with the deciphering. One shawl looks golden because it was photographed from below against the sun. I saw that shawl at a yarn store and they said they used the colors listed in the pattern and the colors were nothing close to the ones in the picture (and they were appalling). There are some innovative designs in the book, but I can't imagine anyone wearing them (do you wear knitted form-fit multi-colored slacks?). I don't think this book shows off Koigu yarns very well. The yarns are actually quite lovely. If it weren't for the Oriental Jacket I would have returned the book to this site.