New Collection of Wool Colours


We at Maniototo Wool have been very busy compiling a new collection of wool colours named “The Geraldine Collection”. We moved to Geraldine a few months ago and have become involved in a co-op shop in the main street of the town. These new hand dyed colours are now available at “Country Rumours”,  11 Talbot St Geraldine. One day a month, usually the first Wednesday, you will find Mary (that’s me) looking after the shop. We are very excited about the colours. Here are the first two.


“Talbot Forest ” – a rich green named after the wonderful native forest covering the lower slopes above the town, and  “Riverstone” – a pale silvery grey, named after the smooth stones to be found at the mouth of the Waihi River

…and after much debate about naming the third colour, here is “Matai”, a rich autumnal orange which is the colour of the 10 Matai trees we will be planting in the native bush that surrounds our new home in Geraldine.
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Wool in Shades of Greywacke

GreywackePreparations are underway for a trip to Rotorua with Maniototo Wool.  April 9th to 12th is the annual Creative Fibre Festival – this year in Rotorua – a great opportunity to show off our South Island wool in the North Island. Take a look at our Shades of Greywacke, inspired by the rocky outcrops where the Merino/Romney sheep who produce our wool live.


Hand Dyed Gradients

I am in love with gradients. Oh the delight of starting off knitting in one colour and gradually moving to another, so I produced a few for Unwind Fibrecraft retreat in Dunedin last weekend…. and the first few items have already been knitted in our Aran weight 100% squishy wool.Hand dyed wool gradientGradient scarf.1Hat for Lucy

Wool For “Unwind 2015”

In two weeks time we will be taking Maniototo Wool to Unwind 2015 in Dunedin. The thought of introducing our wool to true fibre connoisseurs is very exciting. In addition to the eleven standard Maniototo wool colours, there will be some special one-off colourways just for Unwind 2015.
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My inspiration for colourways nearly always comes from the land and climate. Guess what. It is very dry in the South Island – but the gossamer grasses along our fenceline are thriving.
The colourway of this wool yarn is called “Gossamer Grass”.