Woolen yarn made of local slovak wool is very rare today. It has disappeared from our market in recent decades, and is now celebrating its return. ONA is the name of our first wool yarn, which we are bringing to the market, and which you will find it in selected yarn stores. It is all being processed and spun in Slovakia and hand-caked and tagged by ourselves.
- Color: undyed natural
- Structure: 3-ply
- Yarnweight: 180m / 100g, worsted
- Content: Suffolk 95%, Wallachian 5%
- Sample 10x10cm: 17 stitches x 25 rows
- Needles: 4.5mm (according to individual tension)
- Delivery: hand-rewound and labeled cake
- If you wish to get the yarn in skeins instead of rewound cakes, please write it as a note in your order form. The skein has a circumference 80cm.
- If you are interested in a quantity of more than 9 kg, please contact us to set up individual shipping
Breed Specific wool - suffolk
Suffolk is originally an English breed of sheep, from the lowlands (one of the so-called "down breeds"), world-wide spread and adaptable, already bred in Slovakia quite commonly. It belongs among the meat breeds, therefore its wool has long been overlooked as a by-product. This is a shame, of course, because this fiber (like everything) has its specific advantages.
The wool of the suffolk breed even belongs among those fibers that are not so easily felted. This can be an advantage in the maintenance of finished products, since there is much lower risk of felting during washing. If you would like to felt it, you can, but it will take a little longer than felting merino :-)
This fiber is one of the coarser and longer types of wool and adds strength to the yarn. For example, a proportion of polyamide or polyester is commonly added to sock yarns for strength, but wallachian wool will do just as well (if not better) than synthetic fiber.
WARNING: any hand-knitted woolen socks will always last less than commercial ones, made of very fine and dense fabric. When we talk about the durability of sock yarn, we always compare individual wool yarns for hand knitting.
- We write more about wool maintenance HERE.
- We write more about the properties of sheep wool HERE.
- We write more about the suffolk breed specific wool HERE.
- We write more about the wallachian breed specific wool HERE.