May 8, 2019, 2 comments

Shop consciously: Where to find Australian Made yarns online

Categories: Chunky Yarn

Did you know that most “Australian Made” yarns are in fact partially produced offshore?

In summary, some Australian grown yarns take a trip via China and back at some stage throughout the cleaning processes, and then sent back to Australia to be dyed, spun and packaged. It’s misleading, but to be classed as “Australian Made” only 50% of the processing needs to happen in Australia.

When I first discovered this I was appalled – I thought the “Australian made” yarn I was buying was 100% authentic and benefited Australian farmers and factory workers. I didn’t dream that it left Australia and went to China and back again.

 

As an Australian farmer and maker, I’m passionate about supporting other farmers and makers, and this is why the Homelea Lass yarns are 100% Australian grown and processed.

Over the years I’ve researched *Australian yarns widely and compiled this list so that you can refer to it too.

*These are yarns that you can buy online. The fibre is grown in Australia, and the processing is done between Australia and New Zealand. I’ve included New Zealand processing because they’re our closest neighbour.

 

Wagtail Yarns
Mohair yarns that are fully grown and processed on the one Queensland property!

 

White Gum Wool
The softest and loveliest superfine Merino Yarn.

 

Blackwattle Alpaca Yarn
Hand dyed and naturally coloured Alpaca Yarns.

 

Adagio Mills
Naturally coloured Alpaca Yarn.

 

Millpost Merino
Single origin superfine Merino Wool.

 

Australian Organic Wool
Beautifully coloured yarns made from certified organic or biodynamic Merino Wool.

 

Great Ocean Road Wool Mill
Artisan Yarns that are 100% Australian.

 

Yuruga Plains

Australian single source fine merino wool.

 

Tarndie
If you’ve never crocheted or knitted with Polwarth wool before, you need to give Tarndie a go!

 

Homelea Lass
Chunky Australian Merino Wool.

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Bellevue Park Wool

Gorgeously soft 16 micron Merino Wool.

 

Rosabella Threads

Mohair yarns made near Toowoomba, Queensland.

 

A little note about Bendigo Woollen Mills – these yarns are always an Australian yarn favourite, but the Australian wool fibre is sent overseas for some of the processing.

 

Have any more yarn questions? Or would you like to share some of your favourite Australian made yarn stores below? Leave a comment below – I always love hearing from you!

With love, Lynda.

 

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2 responses to “Shop consciously: Where to find Australian Made yarns online”

  1. Francine Keane says:

    I am so happy that you have created this blog as I am now refusing to buy anything not produced and manufactured in Australia!!

    I do a lot of knitting for charity who prefer garments knitted with acrylic wool as they believe it is easier for those receiving them to care for. I am having trouble finding Australian made and owned acrylic knitting wool. Any ideas greatly appreciated!!

  2. Lynda Rennick says:

    Hi Francine,

    Thank you so much for buying Australia grown and made yarns!

    As far as I know, there aren’t any acrylic yarns made in Australia. A “low care” yarn alternative is machine washable wool (it’s also called superwash wool) – have a look at Bendigo Woollen Mills to start with for this.

    I hope this helps.

    With love, Lynda.

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