I spent some time at an old farmhouse in the Central Highlands last week, and there was a small group of eleven cautious ewes there. We nodded to each other sagely. I think they could tell I was wearing merino.
Here we all were, ready to wave goodbye to winter and throw the windows open for a good dose of early spring hayfever. But late August and early September had other ideas, coldly shirt-fronting our naïve expectations and dropping snow in Canberra, and swathes of the higher altitudes in south-eastern Australia - including the White Gum Wool farm.
"As with all wool, White Gum Wool is a very breathable creature. This means that it can be taken out again and again, and again, without starting to smell like a Cave Troll. Occasional airing is good. A spot-clean here and there can do wonders. And when it really does need a wash, the process is quite simple."
We knit to a slow beat. When we turn our hands to make treasured woollens, we know that it will not be quick work. It is as though we craft in a different time dimension.
Those items that we make also have the potential to mess with time. A piece that has been well crafted from wool can last many generations