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Malabrigo Yarns kettle dyed and handpainted yarns are made by a small, family-owned company in Uruguay.
Malabrigo Yarn makes stunningly soft fleece and kettle dyed 100% Merino Wool Yarn. The colors shown at right and above are both Kettle and Fleece dyed. Fleece dyed are dyed, as the name implies, prior to spinning - completely soft, even color throughout, lustrous sheen - this is an elegant merino at a great price. Kettle Dyed Colors are hand dyed in a gettle, and have slight natural tonal variation within the skein. Wonderful for scarves, hats, sweaters, and even for felting. You've got to touch this amazingly soft yarn to believe it! For something a little wilder, please check out our variegated dyed merino wool yarn colors - changing hues and tone throught the merino: same soft, beautiful yarn, but in variegated color combos!
|What is merino wool yarn?
Merino wool yarn is a yarn spun from the fleece of a very specific sheep - the merino.
The Merino is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep.
Merino wool is finely crimped and soft. Staples are commonly 65 mm (2.5 inches) to 100 mm (4 inches) long. Merino wool is generally less than 24 micron (µm) in diameter. Basic Merino types include: strong (broad) wool 23 - 24.5 µm, medium wool is 19.6 - 22.9 µm, fine 18.6 - 19.5 µm, superfine 15 - 18.5 µm and ultra fine 11.5 - 15 µm. Ultra fine wool is suitable for blending with other fibres such as silk and cashmere.
The term merino is widely used in the textile industries with varied meanings. Originally it denoted the wool of Merino sheep reared in Spain, but due to the equivalent quality of wool spun from merino in many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay and Peru, the term Merino woolnow has broader use. In the dress-goods and knitting trades the term "Merino" means an article containing Merino wool.