Sunspun Fine Yarns

Yarn in Focus: Zealana

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From Aotearoa comes a new-to-us yarn range, Zealana. We are stocking two lines to begin with.


Air is 40 per cent brushtail possum fibre, 40 per cent cashmere and 20 per cent silk. Each 25 g ball has 175 metres, and it’s beyond lush: ethereally light and warm, with a lovely fuzzy halo. Ravelry users have used it for scarves, hats, lace and sweaters, and they have come up so well.

Amy used it to make these fingerless mitts.

20150415-DSC_0115Lisa Silverman’s Coriolis Hat is a lightweight hat that is worked in the round in two colours; how smart is that helix?


Or this pretty, perfect-for-layering Cropped Cardi with lacework on the sleeves.


If you are after something more robust, we also carry the Zealana Heron, a single-ply blend of merino and brushtail possum. This yarn is suitable for felting, and its weight lends itself well to hardwearing garments. Each 50 g ball yields 100 metres. Amy made these mitts from just one skein.20150415-DSC_0113

It’s the perfect yarn for kids’ hats. Choose from the lightly stranded Cap Chapka, a stripey beanie or one of my favourite ribbed-hat patterns ever, the Modern Rib Hat, which can go be adapted from a watchcap to a super slouchy hat depending on how much yarn you have.

This sweater with a twisted travelling rib is knit in the round (no purling!) until the armholes and sleeves (the intricacy of the pattern makes it look a lot more difficult than it actually is).


And who can resist a funnel-neck oversized jumper or the Maori motifs in this stranded boat-neck sweater?



The Zealana blog is worth checking out too; it features Cirilia Rose as their brand ambassador, and offers great ideas, tips and techniques.

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