In general we are unable to wholesale the yarns as they are all boutique produced and hand dyed. The process is very intensive, and our time inputs are huge. However there are a few options available to buyers:
- Buy direct from the producer via this website – we are currently putting together sample cards which you will be able to purchase via the website
- Country Rumours Cooperative shop in Geraldine, South Canterbury is open 7 days a week. A good selection of yarns is available there. As Mary is involved in helping to staff the shop, the yarns are priced the same as on this website, and there may be some shop specials… You will find a good selection of colours in the shop. Do call in if you passing through to or from Queenstown and Mt Cook.
- Buyers in Canada can purchase some of the yarns from Julie Levi at www.yumyarn.com. Julie buys dyed yarn in bulk and winds it into cakes or skeins. She is also dyeing some of the yarn herself.
- The Land Girl shop and café in Pirinoa, South Wairarapa stocks kits and also hand knitted hats made with Maniototo Wool. Say hello to Andrea Didsbury who owns the café on this popular Tourist route
- The Oamaru Textile Emporium has a selection of Maniototo Wool Yarns. Doe Arnot is a wonderful dyer and weaver, and a lover of our woolen spun yarns in particular. She buys yarn in bulk and adds her own magic to them. Some are sold with our label and others with Doe’s own label
- We supply bulk yarn to a select number of experienced dyers who love our merino-cross wool. They usually market it under their own labels.
Maniototo Wool is hand-dyed in small batches. This means it is crucial that you buy enough yarn all at once for your project, as more yarn in the same batch may not be available later. Yarn sent in the same order will always be from the same batch.
One of the most wonderful things about hand-dyed yarn is that each skein is somewhat unique, even within the same batch (though those from the same batch will be extremely similar). Because of this, and as with any hand-dyed yarn, we recommend that you alternate skeins in your project, to avoid an obvious line in your work where you join a new skein.
No Maniototo Wool is superwash treated. This means it is absolutely not suitable to go in the washing machine or the dryer (no matter what your machine might tell you!). This wool is hand wash only, but this is easy to do with a bucket or a sink of lukewarm water and a little wool detergent. Let the piece soak in the water without moving it around, then gently squeeze out the excess water and block it flat to dry. Wool is a natural fibre so it is not prone to getting as smelly as other clothing – washing your garments once a season is usually enough to keep them in great condition.
If you find your finished project a little on the prickly side, you can add a little conditioner into your soak to really soften it up. All our yarns are suitable for wearing close to your skin, but of course, people have different preferences.
I am committed to proactively improving diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of what I do. At Maniototo Wool you are welcome, regardless of your race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, ability, age, size, socioeconomic status or anything else for that matter. I specifically acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi. If I ever make a mistake or you have any concerns I would be so grateful if you could share them with me directly. Please do not use my yarn to make golliwogs.