Recently, you may have noticed some excitement on the internet in anticipation of the release of an impossibly soft brand new merino yarn. The launch of Woolfolk last week by Kristin Ford has everybody talking. Although the buzz had been building for some months among retailers, things really caught fire in the broader fiber-loving community earlier this week with the publication of Clara Parke’s profile of Woolfolk’s Får on Knitter’s Review.
An exquisitely soft and lustrous yarn, Ultimate Merino® is ecologically sourced and produced as part of a partnership between the Ovis 21 biodiversity and grasslands regeneration project and Patagonian farmers, the Nature Conservancy, and outdoor retailer Patagonia Inc.
From the Woolfolk website: “The presence of coarse fibers in wool create “prickle”– the main obstacle to wearing and working with wool. Most wool products have a high percentage of over 30 microns – the diameter measure of a strand of fiber. Ultimate Merino® has a micron count of 17.5, and combines the hand of cashmere with the wear of merino.”
Woolfolk has developed two very distinct yarns which highlight the unique qualities of Ultimate Merino® . Får boasts a chainette construction that lends structure and definition on a range of needle sizes and stitch types while Tynd has a tight twist that creates a lightweight, elegant fabric on smaller needles.
Woolfolk yarns are available exclusively at only a small number of hand-selected retail partners and we are so honoured to be one of them. Our shipment is currently winging its way to us and we will update here the minute it lands on our doorstep.
Along with launch of its yarns, Woolfolk has also released a breathtaking collection of supporting patterns created by well-known (and well-loved) knitwear designer, Olga Buraya-Kefelian.
Woolfolk Collection FW 2014 is an “inspired collection of modern minimal pieces, articulated in interesting textures. The clean lines and innovative construction techniques are the perfect forum for Woolfolk’s luxurious fiber, and the garments are meant to be worn and treasured.”
Here are some of our faves (click images for details on Ravelry or see full collection at www.woolfolkyarn.com):