Great Southern Yarn is the realisation of a dream that Newcastle, NSW-based Jennifer Smart, and her husband Andrew Wilshire shared; to create a luxury yarn range that is ethically produced, sustainable and 100% Australian.
Producing a quality yarn was not enough, they wanted to know where the fleece came from and how well the animals were treated.
Their SRS* merino fleece is single origin, sourced from a mob of 130 sheep at Mount Bodangora, NSW. Soft rolling skin (SRS) merino sheep have softer, thinner skin and shorter tails than regular merinos, which means that mulesing and tail docking are not necessary in this breed. A further benefit is that the sheep are easier to shear, and the wool is also very fine quality with long fibres that are beautifully crimped. All this reduces stress for the animals and reduces costs for farmers.
Both the Huacaya and Suri alpaca fleece are also sourced from single origin producers - Mossvale Alpacas in Tasmania and Banjo Ridge Suri Alpaca Farm in Dungog, NSW.
Fully processed in Victoria, Great Southern Yarn is luxuriously soft, perfect for hand knitting and crocheting garments and accessories.
Great Southern Yarn is a member of the Australian Fibre Collective.