What is lambswool?
Lambswool is the soft wool obtained from lambs the very first time they are sheared and is the highest quality of sheep’s wool to be found. Taken when the lambs are around six or seven months old when the staples are 50mm or shorter, the diameter is finer and the wool requires minimal processing. The resulting fibres are smoother, stronger and hold more elasticity than other sheep wool.
Properties and qualities
Lambswool is very soft and lightweight with excellent insulating properties, making it ideal for weaving into blankets. The special crimp in the wool fibres creates air pockets that retain heat, whilst the harder outer layer repels water. However, the wool will absorb humidity: this means it is both breathable and regulates heat, providing warmth in the winter and helping you to remain cool in the summer. Another quality of lambswool is that it is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it the ideal choice for sufferers of common allergies and asthma.
How does it feel?
Fineness equals softness, and because lambswool fibres have a much smaller diameter than that of older sheep, the wool is particularly soft. With lambswool, you are much less likely to feel that irritating prickle that you can experience with other sheep wool, so it is particularly appropriate for making accessories like hats and gloves, as well as blankets that come into direct contact with skin.
We recommend dry cleaning products made from lambswool. However, it is also possible to wash the blankets on a delicate cycle with a detergent that is specifically for wool. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your lambswool product.