Fun Wool Facts

Beginning in April 2018, we decided we come across far too many interesting and fun facts about our industry to keep them to ourselves. Every Friday on our social media pages we share something new and interesting with our followers. This page is a collection of our posts for anyone interested in a #WoolFactsFriday binge.

April 6, 2018

A customer asked if there was any truth in the rumour of traditional Aran jumpers (native to the Aran Islands off Ireland) having unique cable patterns for each village in order to identify which village a fisherman belonged to if his body washed up. The answer is…false. While these were certainly widely used as fisherman’s jumpers due to being knitted from raw wool (hence the traditional white colour) which still contained it’s lanolin and was therefore water resistant, there is no historical link between different regions having unique patterns for any reason. The more you know.

April 13, 2018

Black Friday – Black Wool. Did you know not all sheep produce white wool? Black sheep are the result of a recessive genetic trait inherited from both white sheep parents and they will produce black wool. Traditionally worth far less than white wool as it can’t be easily dyed for commercial use, these days there is a growing market for natural black wool from hobby and hand spinners.

April 27, 2018

It’s a stretch to relate this to ‘wool’ facts but we feel you might need to know that on the rare occasion a sheep and a goat have a baby, it would be called a geep.

April 20, 2018

Did you know our Outdoor Jumpers are made from recycled wool? Does recycled wool come from secondhand sheep? Recycled wool is when a large quantity of similar coloured unwanted woollens are cleaned and shredded back to their fibres before being processed and spun into a new yarn which has all the same great qualities of the original wool PLUS a fancy new melange colour from being blended. What a great way to give new life to old knits.

May 4, 2018

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY! Wool Facts Friday today HAS to have a Star Wars theme so we found an article where two brothers recreated scenes from the series using only wool and needles. Worth a click for the ‘Luke Sky-WOOL-ker swings through the Death Star with Princess Leia’ caption.

May 25, 2018

We get asked some odd questions from time to time, but for the education of all our followers we’ll share the best of them here on Wool Facts Friday. Today’s question is: “Does the toilet paper brand ‘Merino’ actually make their toilet paper with Merino Wool?” Straight from their website, the answer is no. They use 100% recycled paper. Wool has lots of brilliant properties but it’s use as a toilet paper has not really taken off. We suppose it would be an adequate substitute if you were really caught short but we really hope it doesn’t come to this!

May 11, 2018

We use worsted yarn at Interknit. This means before being spun into a yarn, the wool fibre has all been combed in the same direction (away from the end that was shorn from the sheep). It is a Merino worsted wool which means the fibres are generally longer (length of a matchstick) than regular wool from other breeds of sheep. Worsted wool yarns significantly reduce the ‘itch’ or ‘halo’ effect commonly associated with knitted garments.

June 8, 2018

Did you know there’s no such thing as an allergy to wool? Don’t believe us?

May 18, 2018

Why do we call people who are followers, and who don’t check to see if facts are accurate or sources are reliable before jumping to conclusions, sheep? Are sheep really so stupid? The short answer (from a range of farmers and veterinarians) is, yes. Sheep are a flock animal and when raised with their flock they’ll tend to do what most of the rest of the flock is doing. Exceptions are hand raised sheep who consider their humans and other family pets as their flock.

June 1, 2018

Did you know the ‘traditional’ 7th wedding anniversary gift is wool? We’ll say ‘traditional’ because it’s only been this way since 1937 when gifts were assigned to each anniversary up to 25yrs. Before this only the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th & 75th anniversaries had an associated gift.

June 15, 2018

Did you know wool is fire retardant? Wool won’t burn at temperatures lower than 600 degrees Celsius, and even when it does reach high temperatures it doesn’t melt or stick to the skin like other fabrics do, it smoulders at low heat and puts itself out. This makes wearing wool clothing a safer option for people working with fire hazards, like electricians.

June 22, 2018

Did you know wool is a major component of baseballs? Each ball contains about 340 metres of wool windings, which provide resilience to withstand the crushing impact of a batter’s hit off high-velocity pitches and helps the ball return to its perfectly spherical shape.

June 29, 2018

To kick off #PlasticFreeJuly early, did you know that “Choosing to wear and wash natural fibres will reduce the number of synthetic fibres from which fragments can be made.” Therefore saving our oceans?