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Crafty Knitwits: Let's talk Possum!

In New Zealand, the possum is an introduced species which has become a pest of mammoth proportions. So spoil yourself by knitting a wonderfully warm garment with our New Amuri Possum Yarn and while doing this, you are also helping to protect our environment.
The Brushtail Possum was introduced into NZ from Australia in the 1800’s to establish a fur trade. In its native land, Australia, the possum population is contained by dingoes, bush fires and less palatable vegetation. In New Zealand, 'Possum Paradise', there are no natural controls and the population is now of epidemic proportions.
There are approximately 70 million possums in New Zealand, devouring nearly eight million tonnes of native trees and vegetation annually, and, as is the case with the Brushtail Possum, eating the eggs of our young native birds, including the Kiwi. Possum Yarn Fashion is a really great way of balancing the odds for our forests and native bird population.
Possum Fur, combined with Merino, is a wonderfully warm yarn as the possum fur is tubular in construction and traps the warmth and, of course, it is so wonderfully soft. Naturally Yarns New Zealand have developed a wonderful new yarn Amuri made right here in New Zealand. Amuri yarn has been produced by using a special felting process combining 25% Possum with 75% New Zealand Merino. The result is a wonderfully light warm luxury yarn (double knit/ 8 ply) produced in 50 gram hanks, incredible value giving 155 meters per 50 gram skein. The textured colour of this yarn is really special - pop in and take a look! Crafty Knitwits launching offer is a free pattern when you purchase the garment lot for the patterns pictured here in the Channel.

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Helpful Hint for the Month:

Check out the meterage/yardage on the yarn you are buying. Sometimes what seems like an expensive luxury yarn can be very economical because the light weight may give you more for your dollar than a conventional cheaper yarn! And the result is oh so much more luxurious and a treat for the knitter to use!

by Channel Magazine