Saxon Merino; Behind the Scenes
Our hand knit story has deepened this year, last September we were contacted by our lovely yarn supplier and Dyer - Suzanne who had an opportunity to get her hands on some very rare, very fine, Saxon Merino. Normally all of this yarn is sent overseas to Italy but due to the worlds current state of affairs, it stayed here in NZ.
This Saxon Merino can be traced back to Spain; they are an old German branch breed. Left to roam the isolated hills in Marlborough, these sheep live wild, they aren't docked (they have long tails, as nature intended) and are only brought in once a year to be hand shorn.
Saxon Merino yarn is known for its quality, soft texture and fine yarn count - testing at 17 microns and lower. It is also known to have a lot of 'spring' meaning it retains its shape after being stretched out and has a very high quality lanoline (nourishment) that resists moisture without discolouring.
All processes undertaken in the manufacture of this yarn are NZ based, chemical free and done with love and appreciation for this very special wool.