Japanese Knot Ooki Coll
Japanese Knot Ooki Coll was woven by popular demand. A question was asked on Facebook on 7 September 2011 about which pattern to do in the Coll and Islay colourways (after the preview of JKC Coll and Nouveau Islay): “We have enough yarn left over to do a short run of Coll and Islay – these can be done in any of our patterns (Japanese Knot ooki or chiisai, Nouveau or Starry Night). What would everyone like to see?”
The decision was made on 8 September 2011: “Thanks for everyone’s input on what do do with our spare yarn! – we’re now planning to do Starry Night & Japanese Knot Chiisai in Islay, and Starry Night & Japanese Knot Ooki in Coll (both 20% linen). If you want one of these then please email us specifying which one and the size you would like. If too many people want the same type then we’ll pull names out a hat. There will only be about 10 wraps available in each pattern/colourway. Anything left over we’ll list on the site.”
2 October 2011: “For everyone who has a pre-order for one of the new Japanese Knot/Starry Night in Coll and Islay: your wraps are currently being made up and I’ll be in touch as they’re ready over the next week. Thanks for your patience :)”
I think we’re going to have a few extra which we’ll list on the website after the pre-order has all been sorted.”2 December 2011: “A bit of news for our extremely patient customers who are waiting for Japanese Knot Ooki Coll – it is being made up into your wraps right now so I’ll be in touch next week to sort out payment of the balance. I’ll also add some pictures, hopefully later today to keep you going in the meantime!”
Pics were posted on December 2nd: “Some quick pictures – hopefully you can see the lovely shimmer in some of them. It feels nice and soft too.”
7 December 2011: “Everyone should have received their second invoice for JK Coll Ooki now. We’ll list any that are left over on the website later today or tomorrow.” Leftovers were listed on 8 December 2011. Additional pictures were uploaded on 14 December 2011.
Japanese Knot Ooki Coll is said to have very similar wrapping qualities to JKO Zen.
Weight is copied from Slingofest and unverified by Oscha; retail price is unverified.
“Inspired by summer boat journeys between Scotland’s West Coast Islands. Evoking images of the shallow turquoise water as the boat leaves the dock, moving into wide, deep waters. The fresh breezes, open blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Rocky coasts dusted with heather, everything fades and cools as the haar* rolls in. These weaves have a delicious deep silky lustre and sheen.”
*Haar (Scottish) is a thick mist, usually cold, typically blowing in from the sea.
26 November 2011: “We’ve had a lot of people asking how many jacquard weave wraps were made in each design/colourway: In the Western Isles Collection there are approx 26 wraps in each style. The extra’s we made by pre-order numbered around 8-10, except for Japanese Knot Islay of which there were around 4. Hope that clears things up!”
‘Ooki’ means ‘big’ in Japanese. The Japanese Knot design comes in two variations, Ookii and Chiisai (chiisai predictably meaning ‘small’).
Because the word ‘ooki’ is used as an adjective you will commonly see it written as ‘ookii’ or ‘ooki na’. Before 2016 Ookii was actually spelled Ooki in wrap names. As explained above, the correct way to write it is Ookii and this has been changed on Oscha’s website and FB page since 2016. Because many people know these wraps by their ‘old’ names, I have left those that have been originally released with the name ‘Ooki’ uncorrected.
Japanese Knot, Nouveau, Starry Night, Strato and Roses were the first jacquard woven patterns released in 2011.
Coll (Scottish Gaelic: Cola) is an island located west of Mull in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Coll is known for its sandy beaches, which rise to form large sand dunes, for its corncrakes, and for Breacachadh Castle. It is in the council area of Argyll and Bute. Source: Wikipedia.