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Featured Collection

Snuggle

Inspired by Himiko's love and how intense her snuggle is. 

Merino/Rambouillet on left and Polwarth/Rambouillet on right

The image with both tops side by side is closer to their actual colors.

Why blend Merino & Rambouillet?

Each sheep breed has its own unique fiber characteristics, and sometimes its surprising how different wool can be even when its from closely related sheep breeds. Merino is known for its softness and uniformity, with a very fine crimp structure. Rambouillet was created from Spanish merino sheep that were imported by Louis XVI. The upheavals of human history have affected the merino, yet the rambouillet has been largely unaffected. Rambouillet’s 3 dimensional crimp is truly unique, and just a little Rambouillet can make a huge difference in how a blend performs.

Merino has a bit of a well earned reputation as being potentially challenging for beginning spinners. Rambouillet’s 3D crimp and cohesion make it a lot easier to spin, and many beginners successfully learn to spin with it. Adding a little Rambouillet to merino transforms how the merino itself performs. It behaves more like Rambouillet in terms of being easier to spin, but it feels more like merino in the finished yarn. It’s a perfect transitional blend for a beginning spinner to try after they’ve gained confidence with the basics. 

What can it do?

Perfect for spinning, needle or wet felting, or dyeing.

Ideal for next to skin garments.

How does it feel?

It has the silky softness of merino with the elasticity of rambouillet.

Suggested Spinning Level

Advanced Beginner

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Specifications

1oz

18.5um merino from South Africa, New Zealand or Australia

Non-mulesed Merino

18.2um Rambouillet from America


Why blend Polwarth & Rambouillet?

Polwarth was developed in Australia by crossing Merino/Lincoln ewes with Merino rams. This resulted in a very soft. smooth wool. Lincoln is a longwool that’s well known for its lovely wavy locks, which can feel softer than its 30-45 microns because of how smooth the locks are. Merino is very fine and has a very tight crimp, however that crimp can sometimes result in a slight harsh handle. Crossing merino and Lincoln produces a wool with the best of both worlds…a lower micron from the merino and a smoother handle from the Lincoln.

Blending Rambouillet with Polwarth lends Rambouillet’s extreme spring and bounce, which adds a lot of life to the fiber. Not only does this help the fiber spin more easily, it makes a yarn that performs better. Together they make a blend that is soft enough to wear next to the skin and can stand up to every day wear.

What can it do?

Perfect for spinning, needle or wet felting, or dyeing.

Soft enough for next to skin wear, strong enough for every day wear.

How does it feel?

Plush and springy, more like the Rambouillet in handle.

Suggested Spinning Level

Beginner

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Specifications

1oz

Polwarth from the Falkland Islands

18.2um Rambouillet from America