Recently I've been knitting with some particularly scrumptious yarn: Zealana's Kauri
in fingering weight (4ply). It's a blend of 60% merino, 30% possum, and 10% silk, and it's just as cosy and soft as you'd expect from that combo. Mmmmmm...
Yarn with possum-fur content is very cosy and warm, and has the added
benefit of supporting the eradication of a serious environmental pest. Reducing New Zealand's possum population is good for our native wildlife,
including precious endangered birds. You can read more about possum-blend yarn
on the Kiwiyarns Knits
blog, and about the possum problem in general on the NZ Forest and Bird
|Zealana Kauri in 'Kea' and 'Blue Pania'. Zealana does the best colours!|
|The possum-fur content gives it a subtle fuzzy 'halo'|
I ordered my Kauri from Great Southern Yarns
, which stocks brands like Brooklyn Tweed and Malabrigo that can be hard to find in New Zealand, as well as lovely local stuff like Zealana.
Being a two-plied yarn with a bit of fuzziness to it, I thought Kauri would be ideal for stranded colourwork. Happily, I've been intending to revise one of my early patterns, for a pair of colourwork mitts.
|A sneaky peek...|
The colours are working well together, and my tension is looking pretty good. I've learned a lot about colourwork (and knitting in general) since I came up with my Starstuff pattern. All going well, I should have a fully-revised version done by next week, and a finished pair of mitts to show you. I'm looking forward to blocking them, so I can see the final tidied-up effect!