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Merino wool is very soft with a closely spaced crimp. You can spin a fine woolen yarn using the long draw or a worsted yarn using a short draw. Merino is ideal for super fine knitting, crochet and lacework. Priced per ounce.
Ashford wool sliver is 100% pure New Zealand wool. Their wool is grown on sheep farms in the South Island of New Zealand where the sheep graze on large grassy paddocks and are free from mulesing. They only use wool with good length that is free from breaks, has high bulk, brightness, low vegetable matter and is the correct micron. The wool is washed using a standard aqueous treatment with eco-friendly biodegradable detergent. Then in Ashford's woolen mill in Milton, their staff ensure every process is to the highest standard. The wool is dyed using ecologically-safe Oeko-Tex compliant dyes then steam dried, carded, gilled, combed and finally wound into bumps. The sliver is then ready to use with no waste or preparation.