It's all about wool this month

Wool, we've got so much of it! Some really gorgeous stuff.

Some of you may have knitted Naturally Harmony Merino in their natural colours before but now we have a beautiful range of colours and textures to choose from. This is double knit weight and so so soft. Naturally have also come up with another really beautiful yarn, "Baby Natural" in 4ply and 8 ply.  Very light, good meter age and very soft indeed. Read on about this yarn...

Baby Natural – from Arapawa Sheep, a rare breed of Merino origin

Location: Arapawa Island comprising 18,500 acres at the top of the South Island.
Our Baby Natural 4ply and DK incorporate all the best properties of this fleece to create as “Natural” a baby yarn as possible for your precious child.
By using only the natural shades that nature has provided you can create a soft, warm garment that is a pleasure to knit and can be worn with the comforting knowledge that it is free of strong dyes and bleaches…ideal for your baby’s soft skin.
It is thought the origin of the first feral Arapawa sheep dates back to the mid 1800’s when whalers, the first Europeans living on the island brought with them Australian Merino’s. It is known with certainty that Australian Merino’s were introduced to the island in 1867.
Over time and left to their own devices the sheep adapted to their surroundings to become its own “Rare Breed”…the Arapawa sheep we know and love today.

Some of the special characteristics of Arapawa sheep are:

  • Their fleece/fibre is as fine as Merino and has great waterproofing and insulating properties. a ‘must’ for wild sheep.
  • Feral Arapawa sheep are much more resistant to fly strike and other ailments that often effect commercial flocks.
  • Feral Arapawa sheep self-shed their fleece.
  • It is extremely rare to find a white Arapawa sheep. Arapawa sheep are nearly all black (to varying levels) with some having white tips on the fleece fibre end.

Such is the quality of their fleece that it is now in great demand. It is therefore comforting to know that although, at one point in their feral past, the Arapawa breed were facing possible extinction with only 20 sheep left on Arapawa Island, the breed has been carefully nurtured back to a point where there are now approximately 1,000 Arapawa sheep spread across New Zealand.

Do come in and see our new winter range of yarns, we are only closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday over the Easter break, so maybe we will see you on Easter weekend. If not, have a lovely Easter break and a great April.

Crafty Knitwits, 101 Kitchener Road. Milford. Phone 486-2724.