Actually, it is only 25 grams to be precise–an undyed sample of a beautiful Australian grown wool of a rare sheep breed (Cormo: Corriedale + Merino)–all thanks to the efforts of Kylie Gusset of TONOFWOOL yarn and the generosity of Kate Ulman of FoxsLane blog.
The first thing I noticed was that my package was very flat. "Thanks, Mr Postie," I said sarcastically to myself at the thought of the man who is intent on squashing, bending, folding and flattening everything into the slot of my letterbox, no matter what size or shape, even though I have a shelf on my letterbox for larger items and my front doorstep is only a few paces away. This penchant for mangling mail is not a strange pleasure that I share. [Jodie gives disapproving glance.]
On opening the package, the next thing I noticed was a super soft, 'squishy' creamy 'natural white' skein of "single origin 100% Cormo wool". One cannot help but lose oneself in the tactile pleasure of this yarn.
(At that point, my teenagers were sneaking quizzical sideways glances at my euphoria. "You're becoming a yarn nerd!")
For more rave reviews, be sure to read Clara Parkes' review of this yarn on her Knitter's Review blog. I can corroborate all of her remarks about this wool and I am feeling very, very lucky and privileged to have a piece of this precious produce in my hands.
|The label says:|
100% CORMO WOOL
10 PLY ARAN WEIGHT
After a very entertaining afternoon of 'ooh-ing and aah-ing' over the yarn and the beauty of Kate's resultant cardigan on Ravelry, by both myself and my mother-in-law (it was too gorgeous not to share), I had decided that this yarn is a "must-try".
Later that evening, Kate posted her finished 'Amanda' cardigan on FoxsLane and was giving away samples of that same yarn! I was excited in equal measure about both the yarn and the coincidence. All I had to do was leave a comment on Kate's blog (which I was planning to do anyway to share my excitement and appreciation of her work).
How lucky was I to be picked as one of five recipients out of so many entries. Thank you, Kate!
I love the whole ethos of this yarn. Kylie shares some of my frustrations at the state of Australian yarn industries. According to Clara Parkes, Kylie "… already had a bee in her bonnet about the Australian yarn scene, about the fact that Australia … had lost much of its textiles infrastructure …".
(These are points that I too made in a previous blog entry.)
One curiosity is that it is an Australian wool, the project and brand are called "TONOFWOOL" yet in Australia, we use metric measurements–shouldn't it be a 'tonne' of wool?* (I am wearing a cheeky grin as I ask this question!)
|This Australian Cormo wool is undyed.|
I love its sweet, creamy natural colour.
This undyed wool is sourced and scoured in Australia; processed and spun in New Zealand. I have added a link to the list below with further yarn specifications.
So now I know all about this yarn … what to make with it?
What do you suggest?
*1 tonne = 0.984 ton
1 ton = 1.02 tonne
Tucked inside the package with a little note was a surprise bonus–a calico square with a fresh apple printed upon it; a very appropriate souvenir of her apple orchard; very timely and useful for me too as I have plans for that square!
Thank you, Kate!
References & Links
Gusset, Kylie, "How Climate Change is Affecting Sheep, Wool & Yarn", online article, TONOFWOOL blog, 7 February 2015: http://tonofwool.com/blogs/tonofwool/16952908-how-climate-change-is-affecting-sheep-wool-yarn
Lupey Loops, "Adelaide Stitches & Craft Show", blog entry, 9 May 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/adelaide-stitches-craft-show.html
Parkes, Clara H., "Yarn Profile: Ton of Wool 10 Ply Aran Weight White Cormo", Knitter's Review, online article, 14 May 2015: http://www.knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/product/150514_a.asp
Sim, Terry, "One-woman Cormo Crusade", online article, Stock and Land, 7 September 2011: http://www.stockandland.com.au/news/agriculture/sheep/meat/onewoman-cormo-crusade/2283696.aspx
TONOFWOOL, "About Us : Cormo : The Downie Family : Kylie Gusset : Social Enterprise", (accessed 26 June 2015): http://tonofwool.com/pages/about-us
TONOFWOOL, "10 ply Aran Weight White Cormo" [yarn], yarn specifications: http://tonofwool.com/products/10-ply-aran-weight-white-cormo
Ulman, Kate, "Darning in the Ends", blog entry, FoxsLane, 22 June 2015: http://foxslane.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/darning-in-ends.html
Ulman, Kate,"My Amanda Cardigan", blog entry, FoxsLane, 8 June 2015: http://foxslane.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/my-amanda-cardigan.html
—Ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/foxslane/amanda
Ulman, Kate, "The Last of the Apples", blog entry, FoxsLane, 21 May 2015: http://foxslane.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/the-last-of-apples.html