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Content: 80% wool, 20% possum
Weight: 10 ply / Worsted
Knitting Gauge: 18 - 20 sts = 10 cm on 4.5 mm needles
Amount: 100 metres / 50 grams skein
Care: Hand wash
Zealana HERON is a soft, aerated yarn, with heathered shades. Its blend of fine New Zealand merino and brushtail possum makes it a great workhorse yarn for that sweater or felting project.
Zealana hand knitting yarns offer superior lightness and warmth due to the hollow nature of the brushtail possum fibre. Weight for weight fabrics made from Zealana yarn is 55% warmer than 100% merino wool. It is also more durable and less inclined to pill compared to other fabrics knit using fibres like 100% cashmere or ultra fine merino.
Why use NZ brushtail possum?
Possums in New Zealand are not killed for the fur trade. The fur and fibre are by-products of culling to control their numbers. Brushtail possum was introduced to New Zealand by fur traders in 1837 and due to the lack of natural predators, the possum population has exploded out of control to about 70 million. The rapid increase in numbers have a huge damaging impact on New Zealand's native flora and fauna as possums consume 21,000 metric tons of vegetation every 24 hours. Measures are now taken by the government to responsibly manage and reduce the possum population.
Photos of colours courtesy of Zealana
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