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And I’m Possum.
Oh, hello, everyone.
Look at what Possum’s doing.
I wonder what that is.
I’ve never seen him play this game before.
It must be new.
Sally, I’ve started a new game.
Would you like to play?
I’d love to play!
But I do need to finish my knitting first.
A friend of mine has just had a new baby, so I’m knitting a lovely beanie for them.
I’ve never seen that before.
What is it?
It’s a special way to make clothes.
You need two knitting needles and some wool and you knit it all together.
This is wool.
It’s a bit different to my string.
This one’s hard and it’s shiny and it’s very strong but this one, it’s soft.
It’s not shiny and it looks like it could break.
Yes, that’s right, Possum.
We can knit things like scarves and jumpers and they’re lovely and soft and can be very warm.
Almost like your fur.
Sally, where does wool come from?
Wool comes from sheep.
Out on a farm, sheep run around with lots of wool on them and then every year, the farmer shears the sheep and gets the wool.
Would you like to watch some children learning about wool?
Oh, that was great!
Yeah, it was so good.
The sheep with all that thick wool on them and then the farmer shearing it all off.
They would become nice and cool, wouldn’t they?
Wool is great for when it’s cold.
It would make you nice and warm, if you put it on.
But even if it’s a little bit too hot, that wool can keep you cool because there’s air inside.
Sally, what does wool feel like?
Is it hard or soft?
I would love to touch some.
Mmm, I think I have some loose wool somewhere.
I think it might be in the kitchen.
Let’s go and see if it’s in there.
Where did I put my wool?
It’s been a long time since I’ve used it.
I’m going to go look for it.
Sally, while you’re looking for it, I’m going to practice shearing sheep.
Come here, you.
Off you go.
You’re cool now.
Feel it, Possum.
It’s a bit oily, isn’t it?
That oil is called lanolin.
It coats the wool so the sheep don’t get dirty.
The dirt just bounces off.
Or, if the sheep gets wet, the water just runs off and the wool stays dry.
Oh, yeah! Sally, watch this.
It’s soft and look, it springs back.
Yes, that’s right.
Sally, what are these?
They look like a comb.
Is that for your curly hair, Sally?
Oh, no, no, no, no!
Is it for combing the sheep?
Oh, you are funny!
Imagine combing a sheep!
The farmer, after he has shorn all the sheep, the wool can sometimes be knotted.
So he puts it into the carders to get rid of all the knots and pull the fibres in one direction and then he can roll it to make it into wool.
There are different ways to do it.
Some people have a spinning machine and they feed the wool through the spinning machine and that’s how they make the wool.
Sally, what’s this?
I can see it’s got wool but what is it?
It’s a pompom.
Do you remember, just before, I was knitting that beanie?
I’m putting the pompom on top of it.
Do you like that, Possum?
Yeah, I do.
Would you like to make one?
I have the instructions on how to do that in the drawer.
Let’s have a look.
I’ll go and get the things we need, OK?
Right, we’ve got everything that we need.
Let’s have a look at the instructions to see how we start.
We need two round bits of card.
I’ll cut out a shape that makes it look like this.
I cut these ones out previously.
We’ll use them today.
We need two of them.
Now pop them down on the table, Possum.
Now, we need a small piece of wool, like this.
If you could please place that on the card, like this.
There’s a piece of sticky tape.
Now another one on the other side.
Now we need to fold the ends on themselves.
Now we get the other piece of card and pop it on top.
Hold it tight, don’t let it move.
Now, we’re going to get the yellow wool, and wrap it around the cardboard.
Would you like to try doing that?
What we do is we cover all the white bits.
We’ll use the green wool next.
Let’s cut that and we’ll do the same again.
Just a little bit more.
Oh, that should be enough.
Let’s cut that.
Right, now, hold it together and turn these bits out.
Now pull that, and the other side.
I’ll hold it and can you please tie a knot in it?
Now we need the scissors and we’re going to cut it.
Look, Sally, it was flat but now it’s opened up.
Now make sure the knot is tight.
Oh, that looks lovely.
Look Sally, it’s like a little ball.
Yes it is.
You’ve made your very first pompom.
Sally, I don’t think I want to wear this on my head.
I’m going to add it to my new game.
Oh, that sounds great.
We really have learnt lots about wool today, haven’t we?
And I have one more extra special thing.
I’m going to give you a treat.
What is it, Sally?
Well, I am going to cut your fur.
No, Possum, I’m only joking.
I was just teasing you.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.
It looks so good!
Possum is very interested in the thread Sally is knitting with and compares it with other threads. He is amazed when Sally explains that wool comes from sheep, and wants to know more. After watching children seeing sheep being sheared, Sally teaches Possum how to make a colourful pom-pom out of wool.
Sally teaches Possum all about our Australian animals.
Possum’s friend Jay, brings a special surprise for Possum. What have Sally and Jay set up for him in the yard?
Possum learns about weaving and helps get the table ready for their dinner guest, Amanda. The table is ready, but will Possum be the perfect waiter?