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There are two main types of wool yarn: worsted and woolen (woollen). They are determined by the type of wool used to spin them, the preparation of the wool, and the way the wool is spun. • Worsted yarns are spun from long fibers of similar length lying parallel to each other. Worsted yarns are smooth, firm, and strong, and have a characteristic sheen, especially when spun from a lustrous fleece. • Woolen yarns are spun from rolags. The wool fiber for woolens is usually shorter than one used for worsted preparation. Did you know? Researchers have found that nine months is all it takes for Merino wool garments to biodegrade.

There are three main groups of wool: Fine Wools, Longwools, and Down Wools. The quality of wool is determined by the following factors: fiber fineness, length, scale structure, color, cleanliness, and freedom from damage. Long Wools are valued for their luster and strength, the Down Wools - for being bulky but without weight, having maximum elasticity and resilience. Fine Wools are the softest, with more elasticity and loft, and slightly lustrous.

The finest wool yarns are made from the fleece of the following sheep breeds: Merino, Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester, Rambouillet, Debouillet, then Cormo, Comeback, CVM (California Variegated Mutant), Dormer, Polwarth, Falkland, Patagonia Sheep, Romeldale, Targhee, Zenith, Corriedale, Columbia, NZ Halfbred, and others. Each breed grows fleece with a characteristic crimp pattern - the natural waviness or curl of the wool fibers. - Reference: In Sheep's Clothing, N. and J. Fournier.
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The most popular breed in the US is Cormo. This is an Australian sheep breed developed by crossing large-framed Merino rams with a British longwood breed. Cormo sheep have a fine, soft, heavy fleece, and are used for woollen and worsted fabrics, handknitting yarns, and felts.

Global wool production is approximately 1.3 million tones per annum, 60% of which goes into apparel. Australia, China and New Zealand are leading commercial producers of wool. Most Australian wool comes from the merino breed. Breeds such as Lincoln and Romney produce coarser fibres, and the wool of these sheep is usually used for making carpets.
Take a step-by-step wool processing virtual tour in one of the biggest and oldest Canadian producers of sheep's wool: Briggs & Little Mills ».
In Sheep's Clothing », a comprehensive guide to wool - hundred of breeds of sheep are described, with special attention to their fleeced characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use.
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FYI: Wool is a highly effective home insulating material. Presently, the use of wool for insulation is starting to rise in popularity. It is used more in Europe, Australia and Canada. Ref-wikipedia.org
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Sweater Stones
  Sweater Stones, made in United States, enlarge. An effective and environmental way to remove pilling and balling from knits and fabrics. A natural, pumice like stone pulls and removes irritating pills from knitwear, upholstery, shirts, towels, and bedding. Each stone is wrapped in a plastic cover, instructions are provided on a box. Notions »
Price: $11.95 /each

Aquarella, Malabrigo
Arequipa, Estelle
Aurora Paints, Orkney Angora
Ayatori, Noro
Big Alpaca Bulky, Estelle new item
Bio, Borgo
Cadenza , Estelle
Cashmere Tweed, Lang
Cashmerino Worsted, Lotus
Ciao, Lana Grossa
Cloud, Cascade
Cloud 9, Cascade
Cool Wool, Lana Grossa
Cool Wool Seta, Lana Grossa
Dancing con Lurex, Manos Artesanas
Dancing Queen, Manos Artesanas
Dovestone, BREnew item
Eco Andean DK, Estlle
Eco Duo, Cascade
Eco Wool, Cascade
  Evita Merino, Katia
Falk, Dale of Norway
Gloria, Manos del Uruguaynew item
Jawoll Bambus, Lang
Jewel, Cascade
Kureopatora, Noro
Lambgora, Orkney Angora
Lanalux, Lang
Langamay, Orkney Angora
Llama Silk, Diamond
Magnum, Cascade
Mecha, Malabrigo
Merino 2000, Lana Grossa
Merino Soy, Makalu
Merino Worsted, Malabrigo
Mulberry Merino, Diamond
Nadeshiko, Noro
Nuna Fina, Mirasol
Pashmina, Lana Grossa
Pastaza, Cascade
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Rios, Malabrigo
Rivoli, Lang
Roma, Katia
Schafwolle, Schoeller+Stahl
Shiro, Noro
Silk Dream, Lang
Silk Road Aran, Jo Sharp
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Sulka Legato, Mirasol
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Toowoomba, Ella Rae
Tosca Jaspé, Lang
Woolly Merino, Sublime
Worsted Tweed, Peace Fleece
Yak, Lang
Yuzen, Noro

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