Every wool skein is hand-dyed individually by Loris from McAuslin Merino in Dunedin. Each skein is accompanied by a postcard of the relevant bird; some share a multi bird postcard. Loris is pictured here wearing a scarf she made from Kaka wool and holding a skein of Kakapo wool.
The colours are a celebration of the plumage of each bird. Skeins vary in intensity of shading as each skein is dyed separately/individually. Each skein is unique!
You can choose both your bird colour and the type of wool. Options for wool are:
4 ply blend of Alpaca 20% Polwarth 80%. Polwarth is a very close cousin to Merino, lovely wool, has not enjoyed the publicity of Merino.
4 ply blend of Merino 70% Mulberry Silk 30%. This is the creme de la creme of yarn!
8ply / Double Knit. South Island Merino 100%. Lovely high twist.
Wool is processed in Christchurch by Wild Earth Yarns. Hand wash.
Each 4ply skein weighs between 100 and 109 Gms, sufficient for a long scarf, or a pair of large socks. 8ply is between 102 and 105 Gms (though this can vary very slightly, for all the skeins).
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