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Wool – myth busting

Not sure how to care for your wool products? We’re here to inform you all about the benefits of this versatile fibre and bust some myths!

Cones of colourful yarn on shelf


At Wonky Woolies we love wool! It is one of the most versatile natural fibres, used in both traditional craft and innovative technology. We use four different varieties in our range of products: Lambswool, Merino, Super Soft and Shetland. However, we know wool might seem daunting to some when it comes to care and wearability. Based on the feedback from our recent subscriber wool survey, here are some of the points raised.

Understanding wool

MYTH: Wool will be ruined in the wash

FACT: Wool is actually very easy to wash and take care of. It is naturally stain, odour and crease resistant and therefore doesn’t need to be washed too often – a win for you and the planet! It is also a very durable fibre and when treated correctly it will have a very long life. A careful read of the wash label means you can’t go far wrong and we are always happy to help with any questions you have.

Wash label for merino wool on a merino hat

Machine washing: The wool setting on your machine is optimal. Alternatively, use the cold water wash or delicates cycle. Use a mild detergent, preferably Woolmark recommended. Dry flat to keep it in shape. Simple!

Hand washing: Turn your product inside out and use a mild detergent in lukewarm water, approximately 30°C. Allow to soak for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly in lukewarm water, then in cold water.

MYTH: All wool is itchy

FACT: There are many different grades of wool and some of it is itchy! This is why we choose to work with super soft, lambswool and merino wool as they are soft on skin. For very sensitive skin we recommend merino wool which is hypoallergenic and breathable. We have a wonderful selection of soft wool products including our brand new scarves and wrist warmers – knitted with merino lambswool, perfect for the changing seasons. Paired with a bobble hat or chunky beanie, they’re so easy to mix and match.


MYTH: Wool is only for winter

FACT: It might surprise you to know that wool keeps you cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter, thanks to its breathability and thermoregulating properties. In fact, merino is often used in sportswear and running shoes. Safe to say you can wear this versatile fibre all year round! 

Blue bobble hat shown on a man running through a forest landscape

MYTH: Wool is too heavy to wear

FACT: The fibres themselves are very lightweight, especially lambswool and Shetland wool. Different production processes will alter fabric weight, a dense woven cloth will be very heavy for example, but by knitting with these fibres we retain their natural lightweight and elastic qualities to create beautifully soft products. Merino products have a bit more weight to them but are not dense or stiff at all.

Merino is one of the softest fibres for apparel and is more silky and shiny than lambswool. Our merino products are bursting with colour and pattern, perfect for standing out on a grey day! Check out our brand new Landscape hat.


MYTH: Wool isn’t sustainable

FACT: Wool is 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable and therefore a circular fibre. Unlike synthetic fibres wool does not contribute to micro-plastic pollution and can be fully recycled.

Getting to knit with the best quality fibres is something we pride ourselves on and we are always excited to work with our friends at Iona Craft Shop.


Iona Wool comes from the wonderful variety of sheep kept on the Isle of Iona. We love working with their unique hand spun yarn as the process is a huge part of Scotland’s heritage, not to mention the stunning colours they have chosen especially for these eye catching hats! Happy sheep = the best quality fibre = luxury, sustainable, low maintenance products.

I hope this helped provide some insight into the wonderful world of wool. If you have any questions, please get in touch or comment below, we love to talk about wool! To keep up to date with our workshop, new products and promotions, sign up to receive our newsletter. Thanks for reading!

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