I have had a few comments about my possum mitts from people concerned about the possums. So here is a brief explanation of the origin of this yarn. If you google NZ possum yarn you will get a lot more detail.
In the 19th century some bright spark decided it would be a good idea to take Brushtail possums from South Eastern Australia to NZ. The possums thrived with no predators and have become a real pest denuding and therefore destroying vegetation. In an attempt to control the ever increasing population the NZ government has decided to cull them. The yarn is a byproduct of the cull; it is not the reason for the cull. If an animal has been killed then using the resources is a good thing.
Meanwhile back in Australia the possums are protected and live happily in the trees around my property. If we find an injured possum we take it the animal sanctuary at Healesville to be nursed back to health by the caring staff there. There is no risk of extinction of these animals. They were unfortunately taken to a place outside their natural habitat and have caused major problems to the ecology of that new environment.