Happiness Class: Icelandic Wool


"The wool is dyed with natural plants and nothing is used in the process that can harm the environment in any way. 

The wool is Icelandic and therefore like wool from the Norwegian mountain sheep and its relatives in Sweden is the only wool that is water repellent.

Handwash the sweater in luke warm water and lay flat to dry.

Unique in its composition, Icelandic wool consists of two types of fibres:
INNER FIBRES - INSULATING:
Fine, soft, highly insulating.
OUTER FIBRES - WATER-REPELLENT:
Long, glossy, water-repellent.
Together, these two distinctive fibres create a wool that is:

Lightweight - lighter than most other wools, keeps you warm and comfortable.

Water-repellent - repels rain and stays feeling dry.

Breathable - moisture passes through the fibres away from the skin, keeping you dry and comfortable.

I am a tailor and a dressmaker by profession and there lies my interest, in all things handcrafted from the finest material. After having worked in my profession for some time I started to get this yearning to look for better materials, that are not polluted in any way, not blended with synthetic fibers or in anyway untrue so to speak.
I found natural fibers like wool, silk and linen. I started working with the wool and am exited as I will grow my first linen next summer. I only use natural fibers.

Then there is the process of working the fibers and dyeing them. I do most of my spinning myself, although I also buy from those that sell icelandic lopi in Iceland and occasionally swedish yarn but then only from company's that only sell organic natural materials and are eco friendly.
I do the dyeing my self, from plants that I pick out in the nature here in the mountains of mid sweden. Some of the plants I grow here where I live but most of the plants live in the forest. Some have been used here for more than a milennium, like Woad and some came from Japan to my garden,like Indigo. There are many mordants to choose from and I only use one of them as it is the only one that is harmless, it is called Alun. Other mordants are poisonous and not good for our planet.

There are more things I would like to do as I firmly believe that we all are one, and also one with our mother the planet.


I feel that the fibers have to be painless, that is they have to be taken from animals that are not hurt and not used for meat production.
This is a goal that I am working on now, more and more of my wool and yarn is taken from animals that roam free most of the year and even all year long, and only kept for wool." -Osk@Baldursheimer 


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