Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hemp Wool and more

New This Week:

Hemp and Wool -- ($8.00 per 50gm - hand-painted) (5ply equivalent) beautiful, natural, soft and warm. Hemp has excellent insulating properties and just the thing for people looking for an ethical alternative to Australian Wool. Spun for Stranded In Oz in Nepal by the same spinners who make SIOz's sari and banana silks. NOTE: this yarn is unplied, like Icelandic wool, and for some knitters can be annoying -- if you're a puller, try using 2 strands as one to avoid frustration. After a few rows, it all comes good and you're on your way. I've played around with this yarn and plied some with 2 balls -- very kewl indeed. All sorts of possibilities with this unique yarn. Even better, it is not treated with chemicals -- and blooms and softens after washing.

This week -- available in natural, purple, and a few wild hand-painted hanks.

Sari Wool -- ($8.00 per 50 gms) (5ply equivalent) Natural wool spun with 30% sari silk -- spun like our hemp wool - unplied. This yarn is stronger and softer to the hand than the hemp wool and has to be knitted to be believed. Beautiful stuff.

These products are ethically-traded, purchased directly from the producers.

New Sari silks in a riot of new colours. In addition to the reds and blues, there's a pile of GREENS!

This week's special -- buy 2 hanks of hemp wool and get a free* pair of bamboo knitting needles (*while stocks last).

CHUPPAH WHORLS: $25.00 for SIOz's new handcrafted drop spindles - includes enough hand-dyed roving to get you spinning. Come and try one out this Sunday. They're seriously good fun! Designed by Stranded In Oz, whorls made from polyclay by claymaster Rick from Selonj -- MADE right here in Port Adelaide.

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