Winter has started to settle in, you have been invited out to have dinner with friends, and you’re thinking, what shall I wear? You look through your winter wardrobe, yet nothing looks warm enough to step out into the cold chill. You then start to think of ways to get out of the dinner and just stay home, pump the heater on and enjoy a flick on Netflix or Stan. You then think to yourself; I have done this all week and it will be good for your sanity to venture out and spend time with your friends.
You realise that for the past few weeks you were searching online for the right woolen sweater, but you have not decided.
This is where I introduce to you the No.1 item that will, definitely keep you warm this Winter.
100% Merino Wool Sweater, Cardigan, Coat or Scarf
Merino wool is today one of the most versatile, resilient fibers known to human. Its benefits are wide ranging and can be applied in a number of ways. From traveling the world to everyday wear, Merino wool will revolutionize the way you dress and experience the world.
What is Merino Wool?
For over 3000 years humans have been herding sheep and harvesting their wool. Back in the day's wool fibres were coarse and great for keeping warm but the downside then was it was itchy bulky and far from stylish. As humans evolved and advanced with technology the way we grow, and nurture sheep changed. What differentiates Merino wool fibre from other types of wool is that it’s sourced from a very different breed of sheep than traditional sheep. Regular wool can be 40 micron or more, but Merino wool starts at about 24 microns down to 15 micron and below.
Originally, merino wool sheep came from Spain, but today they are mostly raised and bred in Australia and New Zealand, and of recent they have started to raise them in the United States and South America. Australia's changing and extreme climate is the perfect place for Merinos and growers from here have won some of the most prestige awards in Merino wool.
In Australia and New Zealand there are about 70 million Merino sheep producing this amazing fibre all year round, raised on a simple diet of grass pasture. Each year, the Merino sheep produce a brand-new fleece making this natural harvest of wool completely renewable and sustainable.
Soft, warm and - Not Itchy
There is a notion that wool is itchy and uncomfortable. This however does not apply to Merino wool because its fibres are much finer and softer than standard wool. This means it can be worn directly on your skin without an under garment. The secret to Merino wool clothing is not changing or altering its fibres but simply leaving Merino wool as mother nature already figured out. They take the natural properties from the Merino sheep wool and spin it into a stylish line of colours that we use to make our everyday essentials like, sweaters, cardigans and coats.
Keeping the Warmth in!
A Merino wool garment has a natural loft that traps heat very effectively between its fibres. It also regulates your body temperature keeping you warm in any conditions and making it much warmer than a synthetic wool or cotton. It also acts as a good summertime material as it stays cool, dry and ventilated.
Another great quality of merino wool is its insulate characteristics. When wet it won’t compromise its ability to keep you comfortable. Cotton or synthetics on the other hand will pin or stick to your body when wet, instead merino wool sweaters will keep you at a comfortable temperature and maintain its soft feel.
High Price of Merino Wool
Merino wool has always been expensive vs traditional wool and there’s simply no way around it. A 100% merino wool sweater will cost you anywhere between $150 - $300, depending on where it is made. Australian made Merino wool sweaters are known for their quality and durability but expect to pay more for them. This doesn’t mean that merino isn’t worth it, but only for those who value comfort and quality.
Benefits of Merino Wool in a nutshell;
- Lightweight and super soft
- Manages moisture
- It’;s breathable
- Odour resistant
- Organic and biodegradable
- Resistant to wrinkling
Aklanda Australia known as Melbourne Knitwear Designers and has been designing and producing quality merino wool knitwear since 1988. It has built its label as one of the most recognized merino wool jumper brands in the country because it understands what the market wants.