As anyone who saw this week’s Australian A-Plus section knows there will be a very special competition happening this Saturday at London Fashion Week. The International Woolmark Prize will be handed out to one of six designers (including Australian Dion Lee) who best highlights ‘the beauty of the Merino wool fibre’ (“International Woolmark Prize – The Preview”, The Woolmark Company, http://www.woolmark.com/mr-iwp-preview2013). With luminaries such as Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace and the one and only Posh Spice herself busy judging Merino masterpieces it is as good a time as any to revisit the many advantages Merino brings to everyone from fashion giants to your humble knitting blogger.
Woolmark itself published an article just last month detailing why Merino is such a good chioce for fashion and design (http://www.woolmark.com/benefits-fashion-and-design). Obviously the luxurious drape, versatility and extremely soft feel of Merino are big advantages to anyone, but it is the lightness and breathable quality of clothing made from Merino that makes it so comfortable to wear, particularly in a variable climates.
When it comes to knitting the unique benefits of Merino really come into their own. The softness means that any yarn made from Merino is pleasant to handle and easy to knit with, in the fleeces used to make Biggan Design yarn Merino’s softness is crossed with the more durable Border Leicester fibers to make a yarn that is as strong as it is luxurious. When you’ve had the pleasure of knitting together a garment from BD yarn you’ll notice even more benefits. The resulting clothing will be breathable, able to release heat and absorb water while resisting odours, all while staying so comfy you can wear it right against your skin.
So next time you cast on with some scrummy, luxury Merino yarn remember that what you are about to make will be a delight to look at AND a delight to wear!