New Merino sustainable wool is a round plump 3 ply that retains is elasticity and is feltable. New Merino™ Sustainable wool is not chemically treated, sustainable, traceable, superfine Australian yarn. This yarn is made from Xtrafine 19.5 Microns, worsted spun fleece.
181 yards/166m/100gm 4.5 - 5.5mm (US 7 - 9) needles
Sample: Owl Sweater by Kate Davies hand knit by Lori B. Olsen
you can find the pattern on raverly here.
What is New Merino™ Sustainable Wool?
• Provides credible provenance claims with full evidence
• Full traceability back to individual farmers
• Verification to documented Animal Welfare Standards
• Land management practices for long-term sustainability
• Assisting brands to facilitate the timely supply of verified wool
What is mulesing?
Today’s consumers are becoming increasingly mindful of the treatment of animals and the effects production systems can have on the environment if they are not responsibly managed. New Merino™ yarn is made from non-mulesed sheep. Mulesing is the process of Mulesing was developed in 1927 and for over 80 years it has been a routine surgical husbandry procedure for the majority of sheep in Australia. Sheep, especially Merinos, have woolly wrinkles and folds in their skin, around the tail and breech (back and top of hind legs under tail) area, which can become moist with urine and contaminated with feces. Blowflies are attracted to this moist area where they lay eggs. Eggs generally hatch into larvae (maggots) within 12-24 hours and feed off the flesh of the sheep for up to 3 days— this is called flystrike, which, if left untreated, is fatal. Blowfly activity is generally highest in spring when weather conditions are warm and moist.
RSPCA Australia believes that farm animal husbandry and management practices should provide for the behavioral, social and physiological needs of the individual animal and not cause unnecessary injury, suffering or distress. Mulesing involves cutting flaps of skin from around a lamb’s breech and tail to create an area of bare, stretched skin. Because the scarred skin has no folds or wrinkles to hold moisture and feces, it is less likely to attract blowflies. This makes mulesed sheep less susceptible to flystrike. Research shows the pain of mulesing is similar to that of castration (removing testicles in ram lambs), but it lasts longer (up to 48 hours). The RSPCA is opposed to practices that cause suffering or distress to animals and does not accept that mulesing should be performed as a routine husbandry procedure.
What makes wool Non-Superwash?
Non-Superwash wool is wool in its natural state and maintains its natural scales.
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