Types of Wool for Knitting Projects

The popularity of a reclaimed silk ribbon yarn may have greatly increased. Along with its fame, there are some yarns and fabrics that still continue to be used by hobbyists and yarn enthusiasts. Take for instance, the beauty of wool. What most people know about wool is that it usually comes from sheep. However, little do they know that wool can be made from goats, rabbits, and even llamas. There may be different types of wool but at some point, they share the same characteristic. Wool will always be able to absorb 30% of its weight without even having the feeling of being wet. Other than that, as wool as used to create garments, these will always remain keeping you warm. This is what makes wool distinctive than any other yarns. As you read on you will be able to learn on the different types of wool along with its factors as it is used to complete your knitting project. 

Wool from Sheep


This is the most common type of wool. Unlike the famous sari silk ribbon yarn, this wool yarn can be produced wherever there is sheep available. Some yarn shops ship their yarns, particularly the silk yarns from Nepal and India. They consider it as treasures. On the other hand, you would also be amazed at the beauty behind the Merino wool. This type of wool comes only from the Merino sheep found in Australia and New Zealand. Australia, in particular has produced about 43% of the world’s supply. Overall, wool are soft and easy to dye. Knitters prefer to use this yarn to complete their projects rather than using other kind of yarn such as banana silk yarn.

Wool from Rabbit

Angora Rabbit

Consider on the natural fiber produced in particular from Angora rabbits. This type of wool is very light when compared to other kinds of yarns such as silk sari ribbon. Wool from rabbits can be taken in two ways. One, once a week you will have to comb the rabbit. Although this may be time consuming, but this type of wool ensures to produce superior quality fleece. Remember, guard hair is not collected. And two, shearing the rabbit just as how you shear the sheep is the second method to produce this type of wool. This requires less time yet produces larger quantity of fleece.

 Wool from Llama 


Yarn shops have slowly been exposing the uniqueness of this type of wool. They have provided opportunities for farmers who are aging but still have the potential to work and produce the wool. You can imagine how it should be able to improve the population of the farmers and the dwindling numbers of the llamas as this type of wool becomes popular. Llamas are being sheared, the same method to produce wool from sheep. Remember, this type of wool is hard to find, therefore, supporting yarn shops that have a vision and mission to develop this project can be a great idea. Thereby, more yarn enthusiasts will be able to enjoy this distinctive wool from a llama.

Wool will always remain perfect for a knitting project. These different types should allow you to choose which is best for your masterpiece.


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