What is Merino Wool?

Merino wool is known around the globe as the softest wool you can buy. This is why it is such a popular choice of fabric for clothing, blankets & more. The wool comes from the merino sheep, whose origins are from Spain, but the modern Merino sheep was domesticated in Australia. This breed of sheep is known very much for its super popular, super soft – wool.

What makes merino wool so popular?lovefest-toughlove3

Easy, it has some of the most important features when it comes to fabric:

  • Breathability: Breathability is the ability for fabric or fiber to transport moisture in the vapor state from an area of higher humidity to an area of lower humidity. In other words, the more breathable a product is the better it is at removing moisture from the microclimate (the space between your skin and the garment).
  • Odor Resistance: Because of wool’s ability to effectively manage moisture, odor-causing bacteria don’t have the moist environment they need to thrive. You can wear merino wool while running a 5k (not recommended) and come out smelling like you spent the afternoon in an English garden.
  • Itch resistant! Everyone knows that wool clothes are typically itchy. But guess what? Not merino wool. Since itchiness is determined by the diameter of the fibers used and larger, broader fibers are less flexible and have less ability to bend, when normal wool is pressed against the skin, you feel the sensation of an itch.

Since Merino wool’s fibers are smaller in diameter, or “finer,” you can guarantee that you won’t get that normal wool itchiness. In fact, merino wool fibers are more flexible and softly bend when pressed against the skin and, therefore, don’t itch like other wool.

Please take a look at our Etsy store here and see what kind of Merino wool products we currently have for sale.