Merino sheep are probably the most important and prized wool breed in the world.
Whether it is in north Europe, where it is specifically named Saxon Merino, or in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly Australia and New Zealand, the Merino has proved to be one of the most adaptable and hardy strains of it’s species.
The special characteristics of the wool from Merino sheep that make it so prized are: the natural crimp, the long staple fibres and, under certain climatic conditions, the incredible fineness of the fleeces.
This makes Merino ideal for high quality knitwear as the nature of the wool allows for the spinning of extremely fine, strong, elastic and smooth yarns. It is more expensive than normal wool but retains its shape, feels good against the skin and lasts much longer than garments made from inferior wool.
Please see below some more specifics about the wonders of Merino and why it makes sense to buy quality knitwear.
Merino wool fibers have a natural crimp that creates tiny pockets that trap air within the structure. This creates a fantastic insulation to weight ratio and provides a great buffer against the cold.
Merino wool is a naturally grown product that has less environmental impact than synthetic fibers. It is fully recyclable and biodegrades underground in 12 months. It is also sustainable in another way as it's inherrent strength means that jumpers made from merino wool are more durable than other types of fine knitwear.
Merino wool jumpers work like a natural deodorant. The fibers absorb odors which they only release when washed. Consequently you can wear a merino sweater a number of times without needing to wash it, as it remains fresh and sweet smelling.
Merino wool fibers are finer than a human hair. The smoothness and softness of merino jumpers generally allows them to be worn directly against the skin without any irritation.
In the summer merino wool not only helps you to stay cool, but also protects your skin from the damaging UV radiation.
In combination with silk and other natural fibers whisper-light summer knits can be created.
As your body heats up, the perspiration will be drawn, or wicked away from your body by the wool fiber and released to the drier external environment. This keeps the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.