• A Very Special Warm & Woolly Yarn from Maniototo Wool

June 11, 2022

We are thrilled to introduce a very special collection of Maniototo Wool Warm & Woolly Aran Yarn, from sheep farmed in the Maniototo region of Central Otago New Zealand. The sheep are “New Zealand Halfbred”, the offspring from Merino rams and Romney ewes, known as Merino-Cross.

Founded in 2013, each year Maniototo Wool selects the best quality fleeces available, in the range 22-24 microns, a range with a high comfort factor for wool garments (not prickly).

The Maniototo region is suited to farming sheep that produce high-quality wool. Our partner farm follows a breeding programme resulting in healthy, well-grown sheep living outdoors in natural high country conditions.

The wool is scoured at Canterbury Woolscourers in Timaru, then carded and spun in Christchurch. The wool is not chemically treated for machine washability as we prefer the natural characteristics of the product. 

Maniototo Wool is 100% New Zealand produced and processed with full farm to yarn traceability. The result is a truly unique and special product and we were thrilled to be able to secure a special batch of this gorgeous woollen spun yarn to hand dye.

The process of hand dyeing the yarn was extra gentle and we opted to create a colourway collection of co-ordinating semi-solids which we felt would work well for colour work projects.

The first thing you notice when handling the yarn is how round, plump and springy it is.  It's four-ply construction not only makes for a strong and resilient yarn, but it also makes cables absolutely 'pop' and stand out from your work.

At 185m/100gm this is a true aran weight/10 ply yarn, which will knit up quickly.

We were thrilled to have this special release yarn included in a story in Yarnologie Volume 2 - 'Know Your Yarn: Woollen vs Worsted Spun'.  You can purchase your copy at Louie & Lola Yarns here.

Our Maniototo Warm & Woolly Aran Shop Update Special Release will be held at 12pm AEST, Saturday 11 June.

Check out our top 10 pattern suggestions for Maniototo Warm & Woolly Aran:

1. Felix Pullover by Amy Christoffers:

2. Nurtured by Andrea Mowry:

3. Single Malt by Maxim Cyr:

4. Winding Down by Heidi Kirramier:

5. Silverstream by Libby Jonson:

6. Beeswax Cowl, Mitts and Hat by Amy van de Laar:

7. Zoe by Alexandra Davidoff:

8. Speedy Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits:

9. October Hat by Sloane Rosenthal:

10. Woodland Retreat by Lisa Hannes:




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