Fibre artist Maie Landra, founder of Koigu, a remarkable local wool business, will autograph copies of her new book Knits from a Painter's Palette at The Ginger Press in Owen Sound on Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 pm. In addition, sweaters knitted from the book's patterns and a selection of Koigu yarns will be on display.
Koigu Wool Designs, located on a farm near Chatsworth, has won a devoted following for its one-of-a-kind hand painted yarns and original knitwear designs. For over ten years, Maie and her daughter Taiu have been amazing knitters worldwide with the quality and colourways of their beautiful Merino yarns. Working quietly on what their publisher describes as a "remote Ontario farm" Maie and Taiu have developed some of the most sought after yarns for the millions of new knitters caught up in this craft revival.
Released less than a month ago, Knits from a Painter's Palette has already sold through its first printing. "We were absolutely amazed at the response to this book," says the New York publisher who is now awaiting the second printing. "We had no idea there were so many Koigu fans out there. This is obviously the book they've been waiting for."
Knits from a Painter's Palette chronicles the rich family story behind Koigu, detailing how Maie's Estonian heritage and art training led her to develop a signature style of hand dyeing and knitting yarn. The book also showcases more than 25 stunning designs using Koigu's modular knitting techniques with detailed instructions and beautiful full colour photographs taken at the farm.
Autographed copies of Knits from a Painter's Palette ($32.95) can be reserved by phone (519 376-4233) or email ) if you are unable to attend. The Ginger Press Bookstore is located at 848 Second Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 2H3
The book is also available from the estore in the Toronto Estonian House, email
Knits from a Painter's Palette at Ginger Press and estore