The Quality and Origin of Wool
Wool is a natural fibre, which is obtained from a range of different sheep breeds and produced around the world. China, Australia and New Zealand are the biggest wool producers worldwide. The UK is also an important producer of wool.
QUALITY OF WOOL
The quality of wool is defined especially by the fineness of the wool fibre. The presence of crimps (or curls) is indicative of the quality of the wool: crimps mean finer and softer wool!
After shearing, wool is sorted according to its characteristics. Fine wool spins thinner and finer yarns than coarse, thick wool. Different kinds of wool are suitable for different usages: coarse wool is used for carpets and rugs, and fine wool for garments. Novita's yarns are made with fine wool, which makes them particularly suitable for hand knitting!
WHY DOES THE QUALITY OF WOOL VARY?
As a natural material, wool is less homogeneous than its synthetic counterparts. This is because unlike synthetic fibres, the quality of wool is affected by environmental conditions. The wool received from our material suppliers is always classified.