Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A new favourite

I have managed to source out a fabulous new wool yarn that is fast becoming my new favourite. It is an Australian Polwarth that is an absolute dream to knit with and has a lovely silky drape. It has an amazing lustre to it that just can't be beat. The yarn is slinky soft! It takes dye very well, compared with BFL and a merino I have, wool from the same dye lot comes up brighter and more vibrant. The yarn is not treated with chemicals.

The Polwarth breed (Australia's first breed of sheep) was developed in Victoria more than 100 years ago , from a cross of Merino rams and Lincoln ewes. It produces strong, dense wool that's about 23-25 microns without a trace of scratchiness.

I love it! Soon you can too, when Jolly Jumbuck re-opens for business in mid-February.

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