Why I love Merino & British Wool 🐑

As you may have noticed, I use a lot of Merino and British wool in my knitwear and knitted accessories.
But why?
It's important to me that the fibres I use are natural, breathable, and biodegradable.
The natural and biodegradable elements make my items more sustainable.
Being breathable is also a big factor for me, as I don't want you or your little one getting sweaty and uncomfortable in your knitwear.
Here are some key bits of information about wool yarn:
  • Wool is 100% biodegradable: it will only take a couple of years to decompose
  • It's renewable: every year sheep produce a new fleece, which need to be sheared as the sheep can't shed their fleece on their own (only a couple of breeds can do this).
  • Merino wool provides natural UV protection: Merino fibres absorb UV radiation, making it perfect for a range of outdoor activities and garments, such as base layers, jumpers and sun hats.
  • It's fire retardant! Yes, you read that correctly. A fabric made entirely of wool does not easily catch fire. I'm not saying it doesn't catch fire, but even if it does, it burns slowly and self extinguishers when the flame source is removed.
  • Wool is easily recycled and reused.
  • The  pièce de résistance : it's temperature regulating and odour resistant. Wool fibre construction allows for pockets of air to be captured and kept close you your body (the same way your body hair works to keep you warm). The fibres also wick excess heat and moisture from your skin. Making it a perfect all year round fabric.


Baby sleeping with a hand knitted merino wool blanket
The above points are only a small selection of the benefits of wool.
I highly recommend viewing the below sources for more information:
https://woolenmill.com/wool-benefits/. (this one list some health benefits too!)
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