The immense devastation in New South Wales, and so many other parts of Australia as a result of the wild fire is hard to comprehend. There seem to be no words to truly describe the crisis or the sadness. This devastation has resulted in the loss of over a billion animals, enormous areas of wildlife habitat, and has pushed entire species to the brink of extinction. Additionally, the human toll continues to rise as families and entire communities lose their homes, their land, and their peace of mind as these fires ravage the continent. As I stared at the news, I felt completely helpless as so many of us do during periods of large scale crisis.
As a proud Canadian, who has spent a large portion of my life in rural and northern communities and as a proud daughter of someone in the Ministry of Natural Resources, the threat of forest fires was always real, but never as enormous or overwhelming. The humanitarian and environmental crisis that has erupted during this years fire season, is something we all need to be aware of.
When we started our family sheep farm the first promise I made to myself as the new steward to 120 acres, was that I will always care for the land, love it, nurture it, make it fruitful, and devote the time required to do those things. My grandfather instilled the concept of being a “steward of our land” in me at a young age and maybe this notion can help all of us be stewards to more than our own land, but also to the entire planet. I’ve spent several days soul searching and trying to find some way that we can help, how I can help, and how we as a fiber community can make an impact. I walked along a beach until I figured out what small contribution I could make to this crisis.
That’s when I created the ‘Australia Collection’.
Compiled of thirteen unique colourways dyed by the Tangled Poets dye studio, the collection seeks to personify species that are most vulnerable during the bush fires. Each species, so vital to our eco system are transformed into unique and vibrant colourways. From Sugar Glider to Rainbow Lorikeet we set out to design some brilliant and saturated color palettes that only reflect a portion of the true beauty of this continent. The yarn for the Australia Collection is a squishy blend of 80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, all hand dyed and milled in Ontario, Canada. Each skein is 450 yards of fingering/sock weight.
We recognized that a thirteen skein box set of yarn isn’t financially realistic for many knitters. That is why we also provide the option to purchase individual skeins as well as our fun and quirky “pickle jar” - a collection of 40 micro skeins (20-23yds each), a set of needles, and free pattern! We are dedicated and motivated to raise as much money as possible!
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Use the code ‘OML25’ at checkout to donate 25% of your Australia Collection purchase to the Wildlife Warriors Bushfire Appeal and 25% of your Pickle Jar purchases to the NSW Fire Services to support fallen firefighters and their families. All products directly available at aberdeenswool.ca - just click ‘Australia’! I truly believe that as a community, we can help more than we believe and together can make such an enormous impact! Share your purchase on social media with the hashtag #yarnlovershelpingaustralia. We also encourage everyone to utilize the hashtag to spread the word! Any exposure is so important to us here at Aberdeen’s Wool!
Accountability and transparency are very important to us throughout this process. Follow our Instagram account @Aberdeenswool to see our receipts posted every Friday night!