Does anyone have any experience with Merinomink?

knit4brains's picture

Yesterday, while I was on the "T", aka the subway here in Boston, I was furiously working along on a sock. Another man interrupted me to chat about my knitting. During the conversation, he mentioned that he had just returned from New Zealand where he had come across merinomink yarn. He raved about how beautiful, warm and soft it was. It's actually merino and possum, but not the possum that is found in the US. I was thinking about ordering some and found a website that has it listed, but there is no indication of the gauge of any of the yarn.
The website is http://www.giftsofnz.com (you have to drill down to find the yarn. Does anyone know what the gauge would be for any of these yarns, or if this yarn can be found in the US, or maybe on another NZ website? Any help would be appreciated.

philvm's picture

Really thanks to everybody,

Really thanks to everybody, Id'ont know that you can find this kind of yarn ( with mink)...
I pass my order now, to try the same yarn...
Without You Ican't find or discovery this...
THANKS...

sorry for my english... normally I speak French...

knit4brains's picture

Thanks everyone for your

Thanks everyone for your great answers. And thanks for the picture Joe!

QueerJoe's picture

I love this yarn. The brand

I love this yarn. The brand of yarn I bought from New Zealand was Supreme Possum Merino, and it was sock weight yarn. I bought it from KiwiJames' store, Joy of Yarn:

http://www.joyofyarn.co.nz/results.php?category=7

With the conversion rate and the cost of shipping from NZ, it cost about US$13 a ball at the time.

The yarn is soft and VERY warm.

Here are a couple of pictures which really don't do it justice:

PaulJMC's picture

I'm with Kerry for all

I'm with Kerry

for all things Kiwi go to the guru James "KiwiJames" http://www.fibrealive.typepad.com/

:P

Kerry's picture

You might like to talk to

You might like to talk to James at http://www.fibrealive.typepad.com/ or the woman who blogs at Kiwiyarns http://kiwiyarns.wordpress.com/ , she often gives critiques on NZ yarns. James is also on Ravelry as KiwiJames.

HuskerChub's picture

Never heard of it called

Never heard of it called merinomink, but yea I have used merino/possum yarn before. It has been available in the US for about 10 years now, iirc Cherry Tree Hill brought it to the US market. Do a google search on possum yarn and you'll find lots of it.

Here are a few detail about possum. It, along with poplar bear fur are the only hair/fur that is actually a hollow tube, which allows for the trapping of extra air making it an excellent insulator...i.e. this yarn is VERY warm. Also, some people are highly allergic to the possum and have respiratory problems around it, much like I do with cats :(. Thirdly, the Common Brushtail Possum is not a native to New Zealand and therefore has no natural predators and has done much ecological damage to the forests there, eating about 9,000 tons of leaves, nuts and berries DAILY. But, they are cuter than shit. The only way to get rid of them is to trap and kill them. Once they started trapping the critters, they realized that they could make lemonade from the lemons and started harvesting the fur. Therefore, some people will not knit with or wear the fiber as it is not PETA friendly ;).

I personally really like the yarn and have knit with it with no problems. Good luck and happy knitting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

QueerJoe has knit similar

QueerJoe has knit similar yarn into socks and really liked the end result. Check out his personal blog for more information and a link to James's site - a yarn shop in New Zealand. (If memory serves.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.