The Koigu Story
KOIGU (tm) Premium Merino Wool is hand-painted by Taiu and Maie Landra, with help from Kersti, (the next generation) at their farm in Ontario, Canada. The Landra's use a unique "stipple dying" process that accentuates contrast through the application of concentrated bits of dye, resulting in pinpoints of bright color. Combined with the use of white or yellow as emphasis, this technique provides the "spark" they achieve. Up to 14 colors may be applied to each hank of yarn to achieve the creative variations these artists seek.
The soft Merino wool has a deep shine, a high twist and a sensuous feel that makes it wonderful to wear. It is adaptable to both hand and machine knitting. The variegated yarn (KOIGU tm's Painter's Palette Premium Marino) is hand painted in the same manner as Maie paints her water colors Every paint lot of 20-22 skeins is unique. Since each lot is individually hand painted, some of these have never been repeated exactly. Two skeins will make socks for a child or average woman. Men's' socks will need 3 skeins. Each 50gram skein contains 175 yards. KOIGU tm is also wonderful for shawls. Six skeins will make an average size Faroese shawl. Machine-washable, KOIGU(tm is perfect for babies' and children's' garments too.
We generally have over 200 colorways in stock, plus a large selection of coordinating solid colors. A new Koigu Yarn is coming soon. "Mori" is a Merino Wool and and Mulberry Silk combination that has an elegant, soft luster and beautiful drape and can be used with all patterns designed for KOIGU tm .
Please contact us for consultation on supplying or matching specific shades. We will work with you to find exactly the colorway you need.
Like to see more about Maie and Taiu? For more, we have obtained permission from XRX to reprint for you a beautiful chapter on the artists and their farm in Canada.
See the Koigu Farm and read about how Koigu came to be. (needs Adobe Reader)
Or,look at the beautiful Koigu yarns.