Not all wools are created equally
At Country Mouse we take pride in sourcing high quality natural fibre items. However, not all wools are equal. Each wool has different feel and often a different purpose. Here is a quick guide to the wools we stock.
Merino wool is from the merino sheep. These sheep are incredible they are bred specifically for the production of their wool.
Merino is renowned for its exceptional qualities, which include:
Merino wool has extra fine fibres which are incredibly soft and much finer in comparison to other wools.
As a wool and natural fibre, it is durable, breathable and insulating. Combine this with the exceptional softness and you are well on your way to the best fibre there is.
Pure merino wool, like Cashmere, can be worn next to the skin.
Merino wool is often used in sports clothing as a technical base layer due to its fantastic properties.
Merino wool sheep are capable of producing this incredible fibre which is used for clothing, bedding soft furnishings, socks and wool blankets.
Shetland wool comes from… Shetland sheep. Originally found on Scotland’s Shetland Islands. Over 200 years ago Sir John Sinclair described Shetland wool as having the “the gloss and softness of silk, strength of cotton, the whiteness of linen, and the warmth of wool.” The fibres are thicker than Merino Wool. The thicker the wool fibres, the more they can itch. Shetland wool is perfect for a jumper or throw. I find Shetland Throws become softer the more they are used.
Lambswool is the super soft wool from a sheep’s first shearing. It is very smooth as it has not been cut before, and often needs little processing, it needs to be shorter than 50mm at first cutting. Lambswool is perfect for bedding and home furnishings. Like all wool and natural fibres, lambswool is breathable and durable.
Pure New Wool
Pure new wool is wool which has come from directly from a sheep. It means it hasn’t been recycled, re-purposed or reused in anyway.
Alpacas are from Peru. They live in a harsh environment and their fleeces enable them to do this. The fibres are incredibly soft and silky smooth. One of the key differences between sheep wools and Alpaca wool, is that Alpaca fibres are hypoallergenic as they don’t contain lanolin. Lanolin is the natural grease found in sheeps wool, which can be an irritant to sensitive skin. Alpaca is also warm and lightweight with hollow fibres giving a more downing effect, which ultimately makes the fibre a great insulator.
So as you can see, each wool has its own characteristics and qualities and here at Country Mouse we love them all.
If you want to find out more about wool - take a look at WoolMark.