The YarnSisters are committed to providing natural, sustainable, high-quality products. We get many questions about possum fiber and how it fits into that profile, so we’re happy to have this venue to answer a few of them.
A few facts to consider:
The Australian Possum is not native to New Zealand. It was introduced by hunters in the 1800’s.
- Possums have no natural predators on the islands.
- They breed twice a year, so their numbers are growing rapidly.
It is estimated there are between 70 and 90 million of them in NZ!
- They eat around 21,000 tons of vegetation every night, destroying
entire forests and habitat for natural species.
- They destroy the eggs of the highly endangered kiwi and kakapo,
flightless birds that were close to extinction.
- They are a hazard on the roads.
- The New Zealand government has spent many millions to humanely
eradicate this pest from wildlife preserves and control the
- Possum Fiber is a unique and beneficial byproduct of efforts to
save the stunning beauty and delicate ecosystems of New Zealand.
- Possum fiber has many of the qualities of fine cashmere, such as
lightness, softness and warmth.
- It blends well with Merino and other fibers when spun properly.
- It comes in beautiful natural colors and it can be dyed.
- It’s washable and very durable.
- It’s heavenly to knit with and to wear!
Visit knitwithpossum.com to learn about Possum Yarn and it’s relation to the New Zealand Environment.