ALPACA: most of the wool used is 4ply and supplied by our own herd, usually cria fleece (baby alpaca), which is spun at a mini mill in the UK. Alpaca is incredibly soft, silky and light. It will keep baby warm in the coldest weather and cool in the warmest – it has excellent thermal properties and is light and non-allergenic to delicate skin. Alpaca does not contain lanolin or any other oil, nor finishing substance, but is incredibly strong and hard wearing. These garments will hand down for generations and get softer as the years pass! There are over 22 different natural shades, but we use mainly white, cream or champagne. White alpaca can be dyed successfully, you will find some delicate pastel shades have been used for some of the garments for sale. It is suggested that each garment is washed by hand. A care card will be provided, with all orders of individual garments or wool, and tips on knitting successfully with this very special wool.
ANGORA: Angora is produced by Angora Rabbits, it is incredibly soft and fluffy with a wonderfully silky feel against the skin. The rabbits produce only a few grams each per year and it is either combed out or sheared every few months. The rabbits do not suffer at all and enjoy the attention. Some times the fur is mixed with silk or lambs wool, it can be dyed into pastel shades or vibrant jewel colours. There are a wide range of natural shades similar to alpaca. To minimise the risk of irritation to delicate skin, angora has been used mostly to trim articles or used for outer wear with silk trimmings – all bonnets are lined with silk. It is advised that all these garments are hand washed and dried flat away from heat and sunlight to maintain their fresh delicate condition. A quick shake every now and then during the drying process ensures the return of soft fluffiness.
MERINO: For many years renowned for its softness and ‘knit-ability’ produced by the magnificent Merino sheep from Australia. We use a wide range of shades and plys. Although this wool is not as soft or luxurious as those above it is one of the softest and finest sheep wools in the world. It allows us to create a medium priced range of designer clothes for little ones whilst still providing a top quality natural fibre product. We have also used cashmerino, which is a blend of these two excellent natural fibres, for some of the baby clothes.
SHETLAND: famous for its cobweb and lace plys of startlingly soft British wool, Shetland wool features in some of our tiny baby designs and is delightful when made into christening gowns and shawls.
PURE BABY WOOL: Patons pure new baby wool – famous for decades in baby knitting. A great many of our baby designs are available in this option at a fraction of the cost of alpaca or cashmere, contact us for details
VINTAGE WOOLS AND YARNS: When using vintage wool it is advisable to use old needles and patterns as new equivalents are slightly different. We sell imperial (non-metric) needles and crochet hooks as well as a wide range of vintage (pre 70’s) patterns. Most notably differences occur in the ply. Vintage 3ply wool is nearer to modern 4ply and old 2ply is similar to modern 3ply. Always work a tension square before starting pattern.
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