Why Choose Wool and Alpaca…
Wool and alpaca fibres are natural, biodegradable/compostable, renewable, and even beneficial for the wearer and the environment. When wool is discarded it breaks down in soil or water, releasing nitrogen back into the ground. Having wool in your wardrobe is effective carbon capturing!
Different breeds of sheep produce fibres suitable for different uses. Preserving genetics of different breeds of sheep is essential. Rosebud River Fibre Mill is able to assist in preserving sheep breeds by purchasing of breed specific wool from passionate producers.
Most people associate wool and alpaca yarn with sweaters and mittens, but these natural fibres accommodate all temperatures. They keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to having both insulating and moisture-wicking properties. Wool and alpaca fibres are also flame resistant without the need for chemical treatment like on modern fabrics.
Does sheep wool make you itch?
Many people think of wool as itchy because the yarn that was widely available was woolen spun. Woolen spun yarn is very lofty and insulative because the fibres are arranged in a “messy” way where individual fibres cross and curl around each other in every direction.
The yarn we make is called semi-worsted spun. the fibres are more aligned in a parallel arrangement through an additional process before we spin it. This means fewer of the fibre’s ends are sticking out in every direction with potential to cause itchiness. Semi-worsted spun yarn is smoother and less itchy!
Some people are sensitive to residual lanolin in sheep’s wool. If so, simply switch to alpaca. Alpacas do not produce lanolin.
Lastly, pay attention to the breed of sheep that the wool comes from. Some breeds produce coarser scratchy feeling wool, while others like our Canadian merino equivalent - Rambouillet is extremely soft for next-to-skin garments.
As with any natural product, the quality depends on the source. Happy, healthy sheep produce quality wool. Clean shops and experienced processors are also essential for great wool. Our local Alberta fibre processing mill oversees every aspect of our fibre, including procurement from Canadian farmers to using the best equipment and our combined 100+ years of family homestead knowledge. For quality fibre and personalized service you can count on every time, choose Rosebud River Fibre Mill.
Here at Rosebud River Fibre Mill, we are passionate about eco-friendly, natural products and processes that benefit Canadian farmers and consumers.
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