Knitting in the Maniototo

Maniototo wool has been duly launched in its home territory at the Ranfurly A and P show. The Maniototo region lived up to its reputation of having very hot very dry summers. I sat under a willow tree to catch a breeze and knit a baby hat.Knitting in 35deg heat

Here is Darcy aged 9 months wearing the hatDarcy in yellow hat

Soap for felting New Zealand wool

Olive oil soap is so good for felting our carded wool. It doesn’t over-lather. The kitchen smells of eucalyptus this morning, as the new soap is cut into bars. We leave it for 3 weeks to cure, then it is ready for use. This batch has essential oil of eucalyptus added to the brew. We also do a lavender scented soap and and an unscented soap.Olive oil soap making

New Zealand Wool Patterns

All the patterns I use are available on line, can easily be downloaded, and most are free. I spend a ridiculous amount of time researching designs on the internet and choose patterns that look as though they will work well with our wonderful Merino / Romney Maniototo Wool.

I have a mounting pile of patterns to try out. The pictures of completed garments you see on this website are just a few and I am happy to recommend others that i’ve made. Here’s a good one to try – “Cable Panel Vest” by Lion brand. It is available on www.ravelry.com. I made it in Barn Red and it looks great. It took less than 4 skeins. Please contact me for more ideas!