Yarn and Fleece Shop

Yarn and Fleece Shop

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About the products

White Gum Wool yarns are made from 17-micron, superfine “Saxon” merino wool.  This is the calibre of wool used in the finest of Italian men’s suiting, and gives an amazing softness and handle to the yarn.

Please note that this yarn may shrink, felt and pill under some circumstances, like all good quality yarns that have not been treated to remove the scales (as has been done in superwash yarns).  The microscopic scales on the individual wool fibres allow it to be spun, to have great tensile strength, loft, and warmth even when wet, but also let it felt, shrink and pill if the conditions are right.

Like so many things in life, superfine yarn has its trade-offs:  the very thing that makes it lovely and soft next to your skin also gives it more tendency to pill than a yarn made from a harsher, broader micron.   This is because the more fibres there are in the yarn’s cross-section, the more likely it is that cross-fibres will develop, and over time and wear result in pilling.  17 micron yarn will have about 50% more fibres in the cross section than, say, 25 micron yarn of the same weight.  The fact that it is pure, unadulterated wool means that it will felt (quite gracefully, I might add, if you are trying to felt it).

The simplest solution to pilling is to use a high quality fabric shaver to remove the pills as they appear.  In theory, a few rounds of wear and shaving should dispense with the pilling, or at least lessen it dramatically.  If you purely hate pilling, and don’t want to invest in a fabric shaver, I’d steer you away from using White Gum 8-ply (DK) for large items like cardigans.  The boucle, 4-ply and lace weight should all behave more sedately.  And smaller items like scarves and beanies made with 8-ply seem to be less prone to pilling.  The Classic 50 fabric shaver is highly recommended by a number of experienced knitters who use White Gum Wool.

Colours in the White Gum Wool range are inspired by the landscape where the wool is grown.  WGW is naturally bright white, nearly snowy.  We often get spectacular, dark storm clouds in our part of Tasmania, and the deep indigo of Storm reflects that.  Flame is named after the tiny, bright flame robin who lights up the sere winter landscape with his colour and lively, inquisitive nature.  Gum Grey is just one of many colours in the striated bark of the white gums.  Wild orchid is named after a tiny endangered greenhood orchid, pterostylis ziegeleri, that is found in two of my paddocks.  There are a number of sedges on the property, in seasonal creeks and soaks.  The colour Sedge is named after the threatened curly sedge, carex tasmanica, which also grows on the property.  Finally, ironstone is the common local name for dolerite soils, which cover about half of the property and support most of the native ecosystems.

In November 2013, the new colours in 4- and 8-ply arrived!  Fairy wren, after the bright blue harbinger of spring; flax lily, a deep, bright purple; hawthorn–a true crimson inspired by hawthorn berries against grey, winter bare branches; peachberry, after the elusive, ground-hugging peachberry heath; everlasting, a warm yellow inspired by the daisies that cover the hill slopes in spring; and quarrystone, a dark grey to complement the lighter gum grey.

The chunky bouclé arrived earlier in 2014.  Five colours:  Peachberry, Fairy wren, Quarrystone, Natural and a new silvery green–Silver wattle.

A NOTE ON COLOURS ON THE SCREEN–there is just no telling how accurately your screen will reproduce the actual colour of the yarn.  I’d strongly recommend that you request a sample card–I know, I’m not much on delayed gratification either, but at least if you see the real deal, it’s more likely to be gratification when you do get it!

A NOTE ON “PLY”:  I’m old enough that 4-ply and 8-ply are terms that feel familiar.  However, terminology and technology have moved on, and my “4-ply” and “8-ply”, corresponding to “fingering” and “double knit”, are actually made by spinning a 115 tex/1 then twisting it two-fold for the 4-ply or four-fold for the 8-ply.   The bouclé is made by a completely different process–a softly spun thick core is twisted with a fine thread (both made from White Gum Wool fibre, so 100% superfine wool).   The bouclé is comparable to about a 12 ply in weight, though very light and fluffy.  “Squishy” is my favourite description.

Sample cards

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Sample card has all of the colours in both the 4- and 8-ply yarn, and the boucle

Yarn Sample Card available on request.

Fleece and top samples available on request.

Please add your postal address below and which samples you would like posted to you.

Yarn 8-ply

AU$24.50  (+ GST in Australia) per 100 g

8-ply (double knit) 100 g: 236 m.  Tension: 22 st/30 rows for 10 x 10 cm square on 4 mm needles.  Hand wash, dry flat, medium iron, dry cleanable

Yarn 4-ply

AU$24.50  (+ GST IN AUSTRALIA) PER 100 G


Sock Yarn 4-ply: Reinforced, gentle machine wash

AU$24.50  (+ GST IN AUSTRALIA) PER 100 G

Reinforced (80/20 wool/nylon), gentle machine wash, 4-ply (fingering weight) 100 g: 472 m.  Tension: 28 st/36 rows for 10 x 10 cm square on 3.25 mm needles.  Machine wash on delicate or wool cycle at or below 30 deg C (85 deg F), Do not tumble dry. Dry flat. Dry cleanable

Yarn Bouclé

AU$24.50  (+ GST IN AUSTRALIA) PER 100 G

Bouclé 100 g: 154 m.  Tension 13 st/20 rows for 10 x 10 cm square on 6 mm needles.  Hand wash, dry flat, medium iron, dry cleanable


Kits–complete with pattern, notions and knitting bag


Patterns–free with yarn purchase

All of these patterns have been designed for, or tested with, White Gum Wool.  Several of them are also available as kits.

Combed top

Combed top:  AU$13.60 (+ GST in Australia) per 100 g


Merino greasy fleece, per kg AU$40  (+ GST IN AUSTRALIA)


I appreciate your interest in wholesale of White Gum Wool yarns.  For the time being, however, I am not taking on new wholesale customers.  This is because I have a limited production and want to be sure that I can continue to supply those I’m working with already.  I will review this decision again in November of 2015.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in putting your name on the waiting list.

Retailers and Independent Dyers and Knitters

I encourage you to buy from a retailer if there is one near you.  That will give you the chance to see and feel the yarn, and also support your local companies.

In Tasmania:

The Stash Cupboard, 159 Liverpool St, Hobart. 03 6234 1219

Salamanca Wool Shop, 69 Salamanca Place, Hobart.  03 6234 1711

Tasmanian Wool Centre, 48 Church St, Ross. 03 6381 5466

In Victoria:

Metafour Studio

In Wellington NZ:

Holland Road Yarn Company 281 Jackson St, Petone 5012, New Zealand +64 4-891 0760

Looking for WGW multi-coloured art yarns?  Try these independent dyers who use White Gum yarns as a base: Augustbird,  Anais Yarn, Colour By Me/tres/Kindred Yarn and Design

Independent knitters and spinners: Emma at Em’s Knits is a boutique knitter specialising in children’s seamless garments.  White Gum Wool is her preferred yarn.  Witta Woollens carries hand-spun yarn from WGW greasy fleeces.

Gift Certificates

GIFT CERTIFICATES: for 2, 4, 6 or 8 balls of yarn (Price + GST IN AUSTRALIA)

These are the perfect gift for that knitter who deserves a special treat.  I’ve configured them in numbers of balls (or Hanks) of yarn, to make it simple to redeem.