What is possum yarn?

What is possum yarn?

Possum wool is arguably New Zealand’s national fibre. It is astoundingly warm, shockingly light, phenomenally soft, and an absolutely luscious yarn to work with. Here’s why possums are such a problem in New Zealand and how Kiwi ingenuity found a way to utilise this wonderful fibre.

What ply is possum yarn?

Their Ultrafine 8 ply is a true luxury yarn, with generous meterage in each skein to make supersoft accessories and garments….Touch Yarns – Possum Silk Merino Ultrafine 8 ply.

Fibre Merino 60%, Possum fur 30%, Silk 10%
Weight DK/8ply
Meterage 420m
Ball/skein weight 100g
Gauge 22.0 sts = 4 inches (10cm)

What is possum wool used for?

Possum fur is knit together to form Delux, midway, and lightweight blankets that prove as perfect for a chilly rainy day, traveling on an air-conditioned flight, or on long cool car rides. They are great for both at home and on-the-go.

How warm is possum merino?

In independent tests, possum fibres were found to be 55% warmer than merino and 35% warmer than cashmere fabrics of the same weight and knit structure.

What is the softest wool yarn?

Cashmere. Cashmere is one of the softest wool and yarn types around.

How do you clean a possum wool?

Possum Merino/Merino Lambswool For hand washing rinse using warm water and an approved wool detergent. There is no need to over lather, just a small amount of detergent is needed. Gently rinse well. You can roll in a towel to absorb water first before laying flat to dry.

What is the warmest yarn in the world?

Qiviut (Musk Ox Down) Qiviut (pronounced “kiv-ee-ute”) is the name for the downy hair of the musk ox. It is the warmest fiber in the world — about eight times as warm as sheep’s wool.

Is Possum warmer than wool?

When compared to other common wool or fur types, possum tends to be 8% warmer and 12% lighter. When combined with merino wool and mulberry silk, possum fur creates a luxurious and elegant blend that is perfect for any occasion.

What is the super soft yarn called?

Cashmere: The softest and fluffiest yarn of them all, but is also rather expensive and not that strong. Cotton: Not my favourite yarn to work with.

Does possum wool shrink?

Possum Fur also has antiseptic qualities and is very gentle on the most sensitive skin. For hand washing rinse using warm water and an approved wool detergent, rinse well, dry flat. A good tip is – the temperature you wash in is the same you rinse in as temperature changes can bring shrinkage.

What kind of yarn is made out of possum fur?

Possum fur blended with Merino wool and Silk or Nylon makes a variety of yarns that are very special. A luxury but still affordable, possum wool yarn having an incredible softness and warmth is strong and durable. People who are allergic to sheep wool in particular value the benefits of this eco-friendly and natural product.

How much possum fur is in merino wool?

Once you have experienced the soft touch of the yarn, the cosy feeling on the skin, and the temperature regulating effect of possum wool you will never want to experience anything else. Promised! The wool of Touch Yarns contains 60% finest merino wool, 30% possum fur and 10% silk and runs 420m per 100g skein.

Why is possum wool so popular in New Zealand?

The softness and non-prickling nature of possum wool makes it ideal for children clothing. The yarn will not pill and it is one of the warmest known fibres around. Today possum wool is extremely popular in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the Americas.

Is the possum fur good for the environment?

Heavy culling is required to keep possum numbers under control. The upside, other than an environmental one, is possum fur is incredibly warm, light & soft. Blended back with Merino or Alpaca it creates a stunning luxury fibre – so save our environment & wear possum!

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