Wool comes from sheep. They grow a wool coat and once a year this wool coat is sheared off the animal. This is frequently done in the early spring shortly before they have their lambs. A shorn ewe will be more likely to stay out of the wind and bad weather and protect her new-born lamb if she does not have a thick wool coat on her.
Wool is naturally crimped, which makes it easy to spin into yarn. It has excellent insulating properties, is resilient, elastic and durable. Characteristically, wool is also hypoallergenic and flame-resistant.
Wool is best known for its warmth due to its excellent insulating properties. It is breathable which makes it an excellent year-round material, its fibres trapping heat in the winter and letting the air circulate in the summer. Wool’s strong durable fibres also makes for a long-lasting material. As wool is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust, it is an excellent choice of fibre for those with allergies.