The world of wool can seem pretty confusing at times. With an array of wool blends and animal fibres around, it can be hard to keep up with it all. Wool is just one of the yarns used in knitwear. Many brands now have styles crafted from lighter options including cotton, linen and luxurious silk plus a myriad of variations in-between.
Wool is the general term for describing the spun fibres from the hair of an animal coat. The most common wool fibres come from sheep and goats. These animal fibres provide good insulation to help keep you warm in the winter months, and cool in the summer months. These fibres are soft, lightweight, absorbent and stretch resistant – designed to stand the test of time.
Lambswool is wool taken from the first shearing of the animal, usually around seven months after its first coat has come in. The texture is fine and soft, and requires minimal processing. Lambswool is most commonly used in knitwear and can come from a variety of different lambs.
Merino wool is the finest grade of wool from the Merino sheep. Its microscopic uniquely thin diameter means it’s prized for being soft and extremely comfortable against the skin.
The beauty of Merino wool is that it can be worn almost all year round. When the weather warms up it creates a cooling effect and in the colder months it retains heat, creating a layer of warmth and insulation, acting as the perfect layering piece.
Mohair comes from the Angora goat. The long silky hair of the goat is sheared twice a year and spun into yarn. It’s woven into cotton backing and custom hand dyed for the most luxurious animal friendly fur. Combined with smooth fibres to add shine and create a luxurious, soft feel, this durable fabric can be twisted and stretched with the unique ability to spring back into shape without shrinking. It also takes to dye instantly and resists colour fade too.