Wool and alpaca fibres are natural, biodegradable, renewable, and even beneficial for the wearer and the environment. The wearer gets a soft, luxurious, durable, serviceable garment or rug. When wool is discarded it breaks down in soil or water, releasing nitrogen back into the ground.
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, making them a much safer clothing choice, say for a bonfire!
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 the residual lanolin in sheep’s wool. If so, simply switch to alpaca. Alpacas don’t produce lanolin, though sheep do, so this gives you a natural, sustainable alternative.
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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