This lofty hand spun, hand dyed, hand knit jacket/cardigan is part of the colour me aussie signature collection. Inspiration for, colour me aussie, wearable art, sustainable slow fashion piece, is taken from the rugged beauty and colours of this wide open land, australia.Each piece is a one of a kind luxury and an original design. Simplicity is utilised to showcase the unique beauty of the hand spun yarn. All yarn is spun by hand on a spinning wheel, dyed while fleece, the twist set by hand, hand knit and blocked. Each step in this long loving process is a craftsmanship in itself. Only sustainable and natural materials are used and the finished work of art is beautifully presented to the customer. Both shropshire and southdown are considered heritage/conservation breeds. Shropshire fleece is dense, of medium strength and staple, showing plenty of character. Since the shropshire is a down breed, the fibre that comes from the shropshire has characteristics typical to downs. It is a bouncy fibre that produces a springy, elastic yarn. The resulting yarn is not scratchy and can feel soft. The southdown takes its name from the chalk hills of sussex county in extreme southeastern england where they are said to have roamed from time immemorial. They are one of the oldest sheep breeds, having contributed to the foundation stock of all other down breeds: suffolk, hampshire, and oxford. The fleece, itself, is unique and lofty. It has lots of crimp and elasticity, allowing for springy yarn when spun. Southdown is a short wool with a staple length of 1.5 inched to a maximum of 4, however most fleeces are 2-3 inches. The fleece's crimp allows for the creation of some hard wearing items such as socks, mittens, slippers, and jackets. I have been spinning yarn for over 45 years.
This experience, and love for fibre, is put into every item created by wheely good yarns. Offering quality one of a kind luxury yarns to my customers.
Experience the liveliness and bounce of handspun yarn and garments. Handspun yarn feels alive in your hands and retains the characteristics of the fleece that are lost in the commercial production. Each piece is lovingly spun to showcase the luster of the breed used, while ensuring that great care is taken in the spinning, setting, storage and presentation of the piece. Handspun uses breeds that aren't readily available in commercial yarns.
The quality of handspun yarn cannot be equalled and once you have experienced handspun it is hard to go back. Small to purposely large inconsistencies give a unique handmade look to every item. Handspun yarn is a wonderland of textures, blends, breeds and uniqueness that add to the liveliness that is handspun yarn. Treat yourself to the unique luxury of handspun and take advantage of this introductory price.
One size fits most (12 - 18 au approximately). Straight from their back to yours. This item is made of southdown and shropshire.