A yarn with provenance, helping to conserve Tarndie's built heritage.
Watch a short film to know the people, the sheep and the heritage behind this yarn - https://youtu.be/i-9qc_mfVag
This lofty 4-strand 8ply yarn is soft, yet durable. It's woolly, it's warm, and it's great for jumpers, sweaters, shawls, cowls, hats and mittens.
The 6 commercially dyed colours are designed to complement the natural cream, taupe and dark brown yarn range.
100 grams / 3.5oz in a skein
180 metres / 196 yards (approx)
22 stitches and 30 rows on 4mm needles for a 10cm x 10cm square
100% Polwarth Wool
The Polwarth wool grown at Tarndie for the Origins range was scoured in Geelong, then spun and dyed in Napier, New Zealand.
Each colour reflects an aspect of Tarndwarncoort Homestead, which is the ancestral home of not just Polwarth sheep, but also the Dennis family – it is one of Australia’s oldest continuously operated family woolgrowing farms.
The 6 colours were developed in conjunction with Melbourne based dyer, Briony Mannering, after closely studying the landscape, buildings and history of the place.
1. Persimmon – this tree in the Tarndie courtyard is rich in colour and symbolism.
2. Verdigris – welcoming family members and guests through the generations, the front door knocker shows is age with a crust of oxidised brass.
3. Ciderhouse Red – from a quarry 3km east, the 1860s Ciderhouse stones reflect the very earth beneath the farm.
4. China Blue – very often when the soil is turned at Tarndie, shards of broken pottery are uncovered, mostly with variations of blue in an oriental design.
5. Basalt – stretching to the north and west, Victoria’s great basalt plains grow some of the finest wool, and is used to build solid bluestone houses.
6. Char – a tribute to the elders and custodians of this country who kept the embers of life glowing.
The profits of this range of yarn will be used to restore the Stone Barn at Tarndwarncoort which was built in stages from the 1860s onwards as a Ciderhouse, Carriagehouse, Laundry and most recently used as a Woolshop.
Restoration works include stonemasonry, damp-proofing, roofing, structural engineering and brickwork. The Victorian State Government has already committed funds to this project under the Living Heritage Program. This campaign will allow the Dennis family to open up the Ciderhouse to the public with interpretive displays and space for events.
Documentation works are already underway, with restoration works scheduled between late 2017 and March 2018.