About the Fibers
Below, you will find historical information about the fibers my yarns are made from, as well as some details about ethical and sustainable sourcing to help you make a more informed purchase decision. Please visit the Care Instructions page for information on how to treat each type of fiber. Check out the Yarn Bases page to see these fibers in action!
NewMerino ensures that all of their fiber comes from sustainable, and ethical sources with animal welfare at the forefront of their mission. Sheep are kept in a high standard of living, and none of their source farms use mulesing to treat their sheep. Most commercial merino wool runs between 20-28 microns thick, while this merino is about 19 microns. On the finest end of the merino spectrum, this yarn is delightfully soft.
Through archaeological evidence, it seems that this fiber was first produced in Harappa, in the Indus Valley around 2000BC and around the same time in China. Mulberry silk comes from the Bombyx mori moth, which lives its entire life feeding on nutritious mulberry leaves. This is the strongest natural fiber in the world, and the most luxurious silk on the market today. Because silk fibers are virtually inhospitable for dust mites, they are a preferable choice for someone with asthma or dust allergies. It is natural, odorless, and hypo-allergenic.
This is a famously popular breed of British Longwool sheep that originated in Northumberland in the early 1900s. Their wool is semi-lustrous and gives a lovely drape to fabric. The long fibers create strong, springy, and durable yarn with less tendency to pill. BFL fiber has less microscopic scales along it than other breeds, resulting in a silky-smooth yarn. For these reasons, BFL wears well as any type of garment.
The Superwash process treats wool yarn by exposing them to a gas in order to singe the scales of the fiber. This chemical is also used in the production of facial tissues and is perfectly safe to wear, as no residue from the process remains in the fibers after treatment. The effect is that the Superwash process makes the wool far less susceptible to shrinkage and felting. If you would like to learn more about the process, check out this post on Snerb.
Currently, all listings for are ready-to-ship yarn. If you would like a colorway on a base fiber it is not currently offered in, please contact me and I will be happy to oblige! The painted colors shown in photos are as true to life as possible. Slight variation my appear due to the difference in computer monitor configuration. Colors will vary slightly between dye lots (and sometimes within the same dye lot), so please make sure you buy enough yarn for your intended project. I also recommend alternating skeins to avoid harsh color changes and pooling. This is all the nature and charm of small-scale, hand dyed yarn!