We’re making way for some really great new yarns and new colorways of old favorites. Come check out Amitola Grande, and knit up a quick holiday gift in no time. Also new colors of Herriot Great ,Herriot worsted, Ella Rae Lace Merino, Findley Dk and tons of new Malabrigo.
Announcing Purls of Wisdom now online! Select yarns are now available through our website,purlsofwisdompa.com. Click on the online store at the top of the home page and you’ll be directed to some of our specialty yarns, at special prices. Free shipping on all orders over $100. We will be increasing our selection in the coming months.
For those interested, check out interesting wool facts below:
Every year sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source. Woolgrowers actively work to improve efficiency and care for natural resources, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.
When a natural wool fibre is disposed of in soil, it takes only a few years to decompose. Most synthetics on the other hand, are extremely slow to degrade.
Wool can insulate the home, providing and retaining heat and warmth, helping to reduce energy costs and prevents the loss of energy to the external environment, and so reduce carbon emissions.
Wool has a natural structure which allows it to absorb and release humidity, either in the atmosphere or perspiration from the wearer. It is able to acclimatise to individual environments – ensuring that the wearer is never too hot or too cold. Wool has a large capacity to absorb moisture vapour (up to 30 per cent of its own weight) next to the skin making it extremely breathable.
A wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking, and has the power to elongate, stretch and recover – this is why wool products last for years. Wool maintains appearance in the longer term, adding value to the product and its lifespan. Natural wool has a wonderful hue, and when dyed wool is colourfast.
Merino wool is active, reacting to changes in one’s body temperature to keep you warm when you’re cold but releasing heat and moisture when you’re hot.
The natural elasticity of the Merino fibre means it stretches with the wearer, but then returns to its natural shape, so there is less chance of garments sagging or loosing their shape.
Recent innovations mean wool items are no longer hand-wash only. Many wool products can now be machine-washed and tumble dried. Wool fibres have a natural protective layer which prevents stains from being absorbed; they also pick up less dust as they are static resistant.
Wool locks away odour molecules, which are only released upon washing. And because wool absorbs moisture vapour, it reduces the amount of sweat left on the body, therefore reducing the amount of odour produced.
A SAFE SOLUTION
Wool has a naturally high level of UV protection, which is much higher than most synthetics and cotton. Wool
is naturally flame retardant due to its high water and nitrogen content, has a higher ignition threshold than many other fibres and will produce less toxic and noxious fumes that cause death in fire situations. Wool is not known to cause allergies and does not promote the growth of bacteria. Wool can reduce floating dust in the atmosphere; the surface of a single wool fibre is covered in microscopic scales that will trap and hold dust in the top layers until vacuumed away