Tips & Tricks

Care of Your Merino Wool

Please do not wash merino wool projects. You can do some spot cleaning using lukewarm water and a very mild soap. Otherwise, we strongly recommend you dry clean anything you make with this yarn. Also, be aware that some shedding and pilling is normal at first and should significantly decrease over time. It is fine to pull off the pills. Just pull them gently side to side and they will come off. This is a natural part of the wool fibers grabbing onto each other. Part of the reason that wool can be used unspun is because the fibers cling together naturally. So, part of the joy of having the fluffy springiness is having some rebel strands that won't stay with the pack. As they say, if you love them (or don't!), set them free.

Remember, this is sheep's wool and actually behaves a lot like a sweater and my hair on bad days. If you find you have an exceptionally fluffy blanket, you can help tame the frizz by laying it out flat and picking off any big or well formed pills. Then lightly (seriously - lightly) spritz water over it. Take a piece of plastic wrap and gently rub it along the blanket, going with the fibers. once the water mist isn't visible, let it sit and dry for a little while. Then you can do the same on the reverse. It's like weird hydrotherapy for errant strands. (Wish it worked on my hair!)

What to expect

Working with Your Wool

Estimating a Project

Chunky Yarn

 

Common Super Chunky Yarn Projects and Yarn Weights

Please know that the larger the project is, the more room there is for variation. The wool itself does knit slightly differently based on the dye that was used, so for some colors you may need more yarn to get a tight knit and still achieve the size you want. As with regular yarn, different dye lots may have different shading, so it is best to buy all that you think you will need for a project. 

One Loop Infinity Scarf, 3 stitches wide - 0.5 - 0.75 pounds

Straight Scarf, 6 feet - 1 pound

Pet Beds - 2 - 4 pounds depending on size

Baby Blanket, 29x35 - 3 pounds

Lap Throw, 35x50 - 5 - 6 pounds

Large Throw, 40x60 - 7-9 pounds

Twin Bed Cover, 45x80 - 11-14 pounds

Full Bed Cover, 70x83 - 15 - 17 pounds

Queen Bed Cover, 76x88 - 19 - 21 pounds

King Bed Cover, 90x88 - 22 - 25 pounds