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Merino and Rambouillet are the two breeds of sheep
recognized internationally for soft wool.
Marr Haven Fine Grade Wool Yarn comes from our Merino-Rambouillet sheep, you can feel and see the luxurious softness. As explained below, our yarn is 100% Chemical Free and can be classed as 'Organic Wool & Yarn.
Marr Haven Wool Yarn will take wool dyes beautifully, the Light Grey and Medium Grey will give a deeper richness to a color. The natural processing of our yarn allows it to felt as well, no bleaches are added so the Natural (off-white) does felt. It does take Marr Haven Wool Yarn longer to felt than many commercial wool yarns because it is 100% fine grade fibers.
Marr Haven Wool Yarn is mule spun, to keep the
natural elasticity of the wool fibers, so your knit, woven or crocheted
garments will hold their shape.
How our fine-grade wool is processed into 100% Chemical Free Marr Haven Wool Yarn. After the sheep are shorn, the wool is "skirted"; poor quality, stained or weak fibers, are removed from each fleece. Only premium wool is sent for cleaning. The cleaning process used on our wool is called "scouring"; only soap, water and salt.
Many wools are cleaned by "carbonizing", an acid process which burns up bits of hay chaff while cleaning the wool. Some wools are bleached as well, ours is not. We believe the scouring process which retains some lanolin, is kind to the wool fibers and to the wearer of the finished garment.
The next step, called "carding", combs the wool into "roving" for spinning. If we want "LIGHT GREY" yarn, 10% natural colored dark wool is blended with the white wool during carding. "MEDIUM GREY" yarn is 40% natural colored dark wool blended with white wool. The "NATURAL" is just that; natural white color, cleaned naturally. You can have a true "Fisherman's" knit using any of the three undyed colors because all Marr Haven Wool Yarn has some lanolin retained.
Marr Haven Fine Grade Wool Yarn in Natural, Light Grey & Medium Grey are 100% natural and 100% chemical free following all organic standards. It can be hand dyed with natural dyes or commercial dyes, see my hand dyed yarns.
The same fine-grade wool is used for our Heather Colors; the shearing, skirting and scouring process is the same. The natural wool is blended with dyed wool to make the Heather Colors. They are considered low chemical due to the dye.
All Marr Haven yarn is mule spun to keep the natural elasticity of fine wool, this not only improves the look of your garments but gives them a better feel and longer wearability. You can learn more about the mule spinner in the Frequently Asked Questions
The Heather Colors of Burgundy, Blue, Green, Lilac and Light Heather are flattering to wear and will coordinate easily with each other for your personal wardrobe. You can create classic designer sweaters, "Chanel" types or any of today's newest styles. Our sport weight is great for basics like socks or light weight sweaters and vest. The worsted weight will give you the body and hand for great winter weight sweaters, hat or mittens. * Since the Natural and Light Grey Worsted wt. yarn is sold out, many knitters (including myself) are using 2 strands of Marr Haven Sport and successfully getting correct gauge for a worsted weight pattern.
It is difficult to show true color on every monitor, the only color that may cause confusion is the Burgundy Heather. The name of the dye for this color is Burgundy, however the actual shade of the yarn is more a deep rose color.
Any pattern that uses worsted weight or sport weight can be made with Marr Haven Fine Wool Yarn, or you can order knitting and crochet patterns plus Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks from us. Average stitch gauge for worsted weight is 4 1/2 stitches per inch on size 8 needles. Stitch gauge for sport weight is 6 1/2 stitches per inch on size 5 needles. If you would like the sport weight in a 4 ounce 'cake', let me know by email. It may take a few days extra to ship.
To Order Color Cards with links to close ups are available for the worsted skeins and sport cones.
| Worsted weight 4 ounce skein of 210 yards is $8.50
Natural & Light Grey, Lilac & Light Heather are sold out. *see note above about double strands of Sport for worsted wt. patterns.
|Sport weight 16 ounce cone of 1750 yards is $34.00
The worsted weight skeins are 4 ounces, 210 yards; 6-8 skeins will knit a full sized adult worsted weight sweater. The thinner strand of sport yarn is on a cone which eliminates balling of skeins and possible tangling when knitting. One sport weight cone is 16 ounces, 1,750 yards, enough to make an average adult long sleeved sport weight pullover sweater. The sport cones can be used on knitting machines as readily as hand knitting or crochet. Yarn on the cone is temporarily stretched and appears thinner; it will loft to true weight if left off the cone for a short period. We suggest you make a small swatch and wash the swatch to get your actual stitch gauge before starting your project. It is not necessary to wash all the yarn before knitting, weaving or crochet.
Read a review of Marr Haven yarn on the Knitter's Review website. Also, the Yarn Harlot has a comment on her blog about knitting with our yarn. Our Natural, Light Grey and Medium Grey may be used to dye your own colors. We use Jacquard Dyes for our own color creations. See the moebius (at the bottom of the page) knit with Lilac worsted weight.
We use practices with our sheep and the farm that are environmentally sustainable. However, we do not pay to use the term organic. If you would like more information, please read about organic wool here.To TOP
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