The Wonky yarn Guide.
In this blog post we take a look at the various properties and benefits of different kinds of yarn. We currently use four varieties in our knitted accessories, lets find out more about them.
Cashmilon acrylic is a synthetic yarn. Unlike natural fibres which are spun, the acrylic polymer is twisted into long lengths of thread which makes up the yarn. It is lightweight and durable and although it feels similar to wool it is non fibrous. Acrylic yarns take dyes more easily making for a vibrant, rich colour. Unlike most wool, it is machine washable without shrinkage or shedding and does not lose its shape. As it is a man-made fibre it is hypoallergenic which is beneficial for those with wool allergies, and also suitable for vegans.
Shetland wool is produced from a breed of sheep residing in the Shetland Isles in Scotland. These small but hardy sheep survive the harsh conditions all the while producing a very fine, silky fleece. In its natural form the fleece can be white, moorit (reddish brown), shaela (steel grey), and black. The pure wool is typically used for traditional Fair Isle knitting and the coarser wool is used for Tweed suits. Our neighbours from Hawick, Lovat Mill, are a weaving mill renowned for their use of wool in their Tweed textiles. As Shetland wool is so warm and durable, it’s perfect for our knitted hats!
Lambswool is produced from the very first shearing of a lamb when it is around seven months old. As the fibres are short and fine, the fleece requires minimal processing therefore is less likely to cause that familiar itch that comes with wearing wool products from older sheep. This makes for an elastic and lightweight yarn. As well as being breathable and naturally hypoallergenic, it is also water repellent – what more could you want?
Produced by the merino sheep of New Zealand is of course merino wool! During a trip to New Zealand Alison and Graham went to a merino sheep farm, experiencing first hand how the sheep live and how the wool is produced. They also got to meet Barbie the farm pet! This breed grows a much finer fleece compared to other sheep which gives it its incredibly luxurious feel. It wicks away moisture making for great temperature regulation and also has natural anti-bacterial properties. As the sheep produces a new fleece every year, merino is a great source of sustainable yarn. It’s also bio-degradable, what a wonderful wool!
To wrap it up.
At Wonky Woolies, we love working with different types of fibres. We enjoy what each of these yarns bring to our knitted accessories. As they are so different we couldn’t pick a favourite but can you? We’re always keen to get valuable feedback from customers. Let us know what you think of your Wonky products, it helps us continue to develop our range.