Wooli – Bespoke Yarn from New Zealand

This package crossed an ocean to reach me. As you can note by the postmark, this has been sitting in my queue for some time.

This thick yarn is designed by Nikki Gabriel and produced from recycled fabric remnants. The fiber contents include wool, alpaca, silk, cashmere and possum. The raw fibers produce this color which she calls Greige. Other dyed colors are also available.

Then there are these sturdy needles handmade from recycled Rimu wood, which is a tree native to New Zealand.

I like the concept of naming them “construction” tools.

I even got this nice thank you note from Nikki Gabriel herself.

In addition to creating yarn and needles, she is also a knitwear designer. She designed these beautiful flowing costumes for a performance of The Australian Ballet.


I would like to visit New Zealand some day and go to her shop, Gather, in Napier. In the meantime, I am content with reading her blog.

42 thoughts on “Wooli – Bespoke Yarn from New Zealand

  1. I think one of the coolest things about reading blogs is when the author of a blog you already like recommends another blog that they like. Sometimes it sends you in a different direction, but one that you like too. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. exactly what I was thinking! I hadn’t heard of Nikki Gabriel, although I live in New Zealand and go to Napier on occasion…
      So, yes, thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Looking at pictures of that lovely yarn, I feel like I have to touch it. And those needles, too, look like they would be a joy to work with. Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with that awesome yarn! Have fun! 🙂

      1. I have come to find that chunky needles are perfect for a cowl. And you don’t even have to do it in the round, you can knit it flat and then sew the ends together or even twist it and make a mobius. 🙂 good luck!

  3. I’ve never heard of yarn being made out of possum but that is way cool. (Pardon my elementary diction) I think Construction Tools is a good name, after all don’t knitters construct garmets?

  4. Oh, oh, oh! I soooooo suck at knitting, but I am in love with yarn. I have a problem here, no doubt about it. Wait ’til my next blog on yarn….LOL! Anyway, love your pictures, yarn looks yummy. I need it! 🙂

  5. What gorgeous yarn and needles! I love the way they go so well together too, in a cozy autumnal way. I can see that yarn as a chunky hat for colder weather.. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

  6. My friend is a NZ designer and when we lived together in Milan she would always ask her mom to send her that yarn!

  7. Wow, a New Zealand yarn brand I did not know about!! Thanks for this post. Her yarn looks gorgeous! I’d love to see what you do with it. Just looking at the yarn, it reminds me of another recycled possum/merino yarn I have knitted with. It possibly comes from the same mill. I wasn’t too sure about it at the time I knitted with it, but I have to say, it has become a favourite garment, and the yarn has performed extremely well over the years. Now I must try to find it again!! I got it in the Bay of Plenty area, so I suspect I will need to travel back there to get more…

    1. I’m glad that the yarn you used has held so well. I did knit a chunky hat with the yarn. I only bought two balls of it and was afraid to get more ambitious and run out of yarn. I’d love to go to her yarn shop so perhaps you can stop by for both of us!

  8. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand and you are in the South Island let us know over at Working by Torchlight and we will take you around some woolsheds. So you can see where New Zealand wool comes from.

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