Baby Natural 4ply, with its minimalist processing has the best properties of this fleece to create as “Natural” a baby yarn as possible. 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 baby’s soft skin.
100% New Zealand Wool from the rare breeds collection – Arapawa Fleece. Arapawa Island comprises of 18,500 acres and located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. It is said the origin of Arapawa sheep dates back to the mid 1800’s when whalers, the first Europeans living on the island¸ brought with them Australian Merinos, definitely by 1867. Over time and left to their own devices the sheep adapted to their surroundings to become its own “Rare Breed” the Arapawa sheep.
Some of the special characteristics of Feral Arapawa sheep are:
• Their fleece is as fine as NZ Merino and has great waterproofing and insulating properties. a ‘must’ for wild sheep.
• Feral Arapawa sheep were facing extinction in their feral past with only 20 sheep left. The Arapawa breed has been carefully nurtured back to a flock of approx. 1,000 Arapawa sheep spread across the island.
• Feral Arapawa sheep self-shed their fleece.
• Feral Arapawa sheep are nearly all coloured (to varying levels) Such is the quality of their fleece that it is now in great demand.