The Yarnsisters, Inc. We’re four women (1 Irish, 2 Americans and 1 Kiwi) who got together because of possum yarn. We hope to promote the use of natural fibers for knitting, crochet, and weaving, while preserving the spectacular beauty of New Zealand for future generations. Please join us in the movement to raise awareness about the environmental and knitting benefits of possum yarn!
The Problem. The Australian Brush Tailed Possum was introduced into New Zealand in 1850’s and with no natural predators their numbers have grown to plague proportions. Government agencies have not been able to eliminate continued significant damage to native forests and endangered wildlife species.
The Solution. Possums fur is an ideal fiber for knitting yarns. A thriving fur industry means an enduring effort to harvest the invasive species, sending funds, jobs and international attention to the very heart of the problem. Knitting yarns almost always feel good in your hands, but knitting with possum yarn feels good on your conscience.
Warm. Possum fiber is soft and lightweight, making it an ideal material for knitting yarns. The individual fibers are hollow in structure, which means that it is very warm for its weight, and it will absorb reasonable quantities of moisture without feeling damp.
Soft. In addition to being warm, possum yarns are soft and don’t cause any prickly feeling. The combination of the fibre scale structure and the unique finishing process gives it a soft, light touch.
Durable. Fabrics made from possum-blend fibers have a higher resistance to pilling than other natural fibres. Your knitting project will last and become an heirloom, like all handiwork deserves.