Designed by nature to protect the human body from the environment yet at the same time; be in harmonious unison with it, our Extra Fine Merino Wool is nature’s wonder fibre and has been around for centuries playing an integral part in the creation of our iconic garments.
Beautifully tactile and incredibly easy to wear, any John Smedley Extra Fine Merino Wool garment is at the front of the pack when it comes to luxury and wearability.
Where Does Merino Wool Come From?
To ensure the finest end product possible, the raw material is sourced a year before the garment’s creation. For our Merino Wool, this means selecting the very best farmers in New Zealand’s South Island, to supply our Extra Fine Wool. We choose to work with them because they produce exceptional quality wool and take an ethical, sustainable approach to farming. The wool must adhere to strict specifications, not only to the quality of the fleece but also the welfare of the sheep, sustainability and the protection of the farmland.
We also have a Zque accreditation which guarantees that we have fair and ethical practices in the way we work with our suppliers and the way they treat their sheep, as well as the quality of our wool.
Is Extra Fine Merino Wool Actually Warm?
Yes! Because our Extra Fine Merino Wool fibres are so fine and light it is an ideal fibre for year round wear. Even when the air is cold and damp, a molecular process called ‘heat of sorption’ releases heat, which can be felt by the wearer. All fibres do this but Extra Fine Merino Wool does it four times as much as nylon and at least double this for polyester.
The natural crimp of our Extra Fine Merino Wool enables it to trap air effectively, therefore insulating the body from the colder climates. The Merino also creates its own microclimate around the body, acting as a buffer against changing conditions and maintaining higher comfort levels. You don’t have to worry about any unpleasant clammy sensations as our Extra Fine Merino Wool breathes in warm and cold weather, an ability synthetic fibres don’t have.
How Do You Wash Merino Wool Knitwear?
Dry Clean- Your knitwear should be taken to a professional dry cleaner to ensure the superior quality of your sweater is maintained upon cleaning.
Hand Wash- Hand wash in clean, lukewarm water inside out, using a mild and gentle detergent. Soak for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly in lukewarm water and then finally with cold water.
Machine Wash- Wash your wool knitwear inside out and use a machine washable wool setting, (usually a 30 degree gentle cycle), and a mild detergent such as our John Smedley Wool Wash. Biological detergents should be avoided as they contain enzymes that will attack the wool causing irreparable damage.
You can finish your wash with our John Smedley Clothing Spray, ensuring your garment feels and looks as luxurious as it did the first time you wore it.
How Do You Dry Extra Fine Merino Wool?
Never tumble dry your knitwear, always leave to air dry by laying the garment flat. Always dry away from heat, never on a radiator, in front of a fire or in strong direct daylight.
To promote a smooth, silky appearance, occasionally steam press your garments after washing. For best results, we recommend turning your garment inside out to protect the outer surface.Iron on a low temperature setting, preferably whilst your garment is still damp. Alternatively, if dry ironing, use a slightly damp cloth to avoid glazing. Take special care on collars and seams.
How Thick Is Merino Wool?
Each Extra Fine Merino Wool strand is between 18-19 microns in diameter, if you compare this with the 90 microns of human hair, you can see why Merino is so soft. Each smooth strand of merino ensures it is soft to touch and makes a finished garment perfect to wear next to the skin as opposed to other breeds that would have a higher micron count and would therefore create a rougher and even itchy feeling when worn.