White Gum Wool yarns are made from 17-micron, superfine “saxon” merino wool, ethically and sustainably grown in Tasmania. 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. White Gum Wool is naturally bright white, nearly snowy, and the dyed colours are inspired by the landscape where the wool is grown.
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. It also felts beautifully, when you want it to (and even when you don’t). The simplest solution to pilling is to use a high quality fabric shaver to remove the pills as they appear.
White Gum Wool yarn comes in a range of plys, all worsted –meaning the fibres are gilled to align them in the direction of spin –providing a silky, buttery feel and sheen to the yarn.