“These yarns are kiwi as, bro!”
New Zealand yarns are great because our country produces some of the highest quality wool in the world. It’s not just because the sheep get to look at our gorgeous views all day. The wool industry here holds itself to a high standard. And we have local yarn producers that love to show that high quality wool off!
Uniquely New Zealand Yarns: Possum Wool
Some New Zealand fibre producers also create added softness by making yarns with possum fibres, a uniquely New Zealand fibre that is renowned in the country for both its softness and warmth. Possum fibre is 55% warmer than merino, less likely to pill and is lighter-weight due to its hollow core. It even has anti-static qualities, which makes it amazing to work with.
And when you use possum wool, you are helping New Zealand’s environment. Possums are an invasive species introduced to New Zealand in the 1800s. They eat the eggs and chicks of endangered New Zealand birds and destroy native forests. New Zealand has no predators to hold the possums back, so trappers have had to go to work to reduce their population so native birds like the kiwi can be saved. When you buy possum wool, you’re supporting their work and making a choice that increases the sustainability of New Zealand’s ecosystem.
Our Uniquely New Zealand Yarns
We’re proud to carry several New Zealand yarns that are beautiful, touchable, and made to the highest quality. If you want to create something that is truly unique, start with one of these.
The Softest Machine Washable Merino: Baby Bandit
It’s a bouncing baby…Bandit yarn! If you want the perfect merino yarn for your little ones, look no further. They say it’s “soft as kittens” and we can’t argue. It’s also machine washable, which is a must when you’re dealing with small children. We have 11 shades of this deliciously soft wool available, including soft neutrals and rich jewel tones, to cuddle the ones you love.
The Purest Organic Merino: Lammermoor Organic
This yarn is spun from the sought-after merino wool of Lammermoor Station. It’s the only certified organic fine/medium sheep station in New Zealand and one of the top five merino studs in the world. Lammermoor Organic is incredibly fine and soft to the touch. And when you wear it you’ll know how those Central Otago sheep stay so warm in New Zealand’s coldest region! We have it in five different colours for that project that demands the ultimate in quality.
The Sturdiest, Kiwi-est Yarn: Zealana Heron Worsted
There’s nothing more kiwi than possum wool yarn, but if you think it’s too precious to work with, think again! Zealana Heron Worsted is 80% merino for sturdiness and 20% possum for extra softness. We carry it in seven gorgeous colors that will make any project shine, and you won’t believe the price.