Monthly Q & A
What exactly are the different types of wool?
“Regular” wool: from sheep. Merino sheep and Shetland sheep produce higher quality
Lambswool: from a lamb’s first shearing is usually even higher quality.
Cashmere: from the soft undercoat of the Kashmir goat is soft and luxurious. (See
Alpaca: from alpacas, is warmer than sheep’s wool and is hypoallergenic.
Angora: from the angora rabbit is the most warm, insulating wool because the fibres
Mohair: from the angora goat (a little confusing). Is lightweight but durable.
Camelhair: from the bactrian (2 humps) camel, is usually used for coats rather than
Silk: from the mulberry silk worm, so not strictly a wool, but can be woven into
a soft yarn.
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