White Gum Wool
Yarn from the wool of happy sheep
Have you heard of White Gum Wool or WGW for short?
White Gum Wool is a farm in the midlands of Tasmania where Australian Merino sheep are treated with the utmost love and care. They truly are happy sheep.
The White Gum Wool sheep produce the most beautiful sustainable, traceable superfine merino, that is then transformed into cloud-like-soft yarn and hand-dyed at Augustbird for your knitting adventures.
The story behind White Gum Wool is one of mamas and babies,
of diversity and abundance, and of ethics—for the land, the animals
and the people involved in making this yarn.
- Nan Bray
The White Gum Wool farming focus is on the ethical treatment of the animals and the landscape in which they graze. All of the sheep live out their lifetimes on the farm and remain in their family groups.
Nan Bray's trademark in a production sense is a concept known as “nutritional wisdom”, in which sheep are given the opportunity to graze a wide diversity of native as well as exotic plants—and thereby learn about the nutritional and self-medicating benefits of different forages. Because nutritional wisdom is in part a learned behaviour—knowledge passed by mothers to their babies—Nan runs all the sheep in a single large mob, keeping all family groups together for their entire lifetimes. In order to foster the diversity of plants that this system relies on, Nan maintains a fairly low stocking rate, encouraging diversity through abundance.
My most favourite, treasured, warmest pair of socks I own were lovingly knitted from this beautiful hand-dyed wool…. I absolutely live in them! The natural colour is gorgeous, the wool & silk blend is soft, so comfortable against my skin, & durable as it puts up with the friction of me walking around in my socks all the time. Usually I have to double-sock in the winter with all my other generic socks from the retail shops, but this single layer of wool doesn’t suffocate or bulk-up my feet, & it keeps them comfortably warm & toasty (& pretty) especially during these very chilly winter days, no more numb toes. This wool holds its shape & washes well. I love love love how the colour was achieved too, it’s a beautiful, delicate, earthy neutral. Thank-you so much Bec for sharing your creativity, passion & talent for others to enjoy x
I love a surprise! I received two beautiful skeins of yarn in my Fantail Mystery Bag. The yarn is so soft and gorgeous.
The two skeins are delightful and I will be making mittens for a friend with the blue on. I appreciated the greeting card that was included
I was lucky enough to nab an early skein of this base.
It is gorgeous.
The silk/merino is so soft with a beautiful drape.
The yarn has been spun with a high twist resulting in excellent stitch definition.
The stitches really do lay down beautifully next to each other.
The silk also takes up the dye beautifully as well and gives a great, almost textural interest, to the colour.
Beautiful to knit with!!
Got some of the new sock yarn and can’t believe how shiny and soft it is. As always Rebecca’s dyeing is beautiful and I cannot wait to a start my adventures in plastic free socks begin.
I got the first round of mystery bags and as always they did not disappoint. The wool is so beautiful, but when Rebecca uses her talent with colour it’s just phenomenal. Can’t wait to knit with it.
The yarn is gorgeous and so soft to touch - can’t wait to finish my socks