This stunning softly plied yarn is something very special! We could talk FOR DAYS about the properties of this yarn and it's wonderful journey, and when you finally experience it, you definitely won't be disappointed.
Merino d' Arles is a rare ancient sheep breed from Southern France. The sheep spend their Winters in the plains of the Rhône delta, west of the Côte d' Azur. In June, the sheep are guided by shepherds into the mountains, to the highest alpine pastures at over 2000m, where there is still enough grass. At the end of September, they journey back before the snow arrives. Big dogs from the Pyrenees protect the sheep during the Summer from being attacked by wolves.
In early summer, there are celebrations in some towns in Southern France to bid farewell to the flocks on their way to the mountains!
Merino d' Arles have one of the softest wools in Europe with a fineness of less than 22 microns (in comparison: our Merino wool from Patagonia has 19.5). The wool has one of the strongest crimps and therefore looks slightly more puffy than other yarns with a comparable yardage.
It took more than two years to develop this amazing yarn:
- made from wool of the Merino d' Arles sheep from Southern France, which are guided to the mountain pastures every Summer following a centuries-old tradition
- one of the softest European wool fibres
- the 11 beautiful colours which are so easy to combine - were developed in close partnership with designer Melanie Berg.
- guaranteed good for the environment, the sheep, and the humans – organic - certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
- spun and dyed at a small mill in England
100% Virgin French Organic Merino
2.5 - 3 mm (US 1½ - 2½)
26 sts x 44 rows = 10cm (4")
WHY OUR YARN IS SPECIAL
100% organic, certified by GOTS (Read more about GOTS here) – independently and strictly controlled
finest Patagonian Merino wool, extremely soft, machine washable, and guaranteed not scratchy – children will love this wool, and adults too
- our rare yarns come from endangered sheep breeds, which contributes to the protection of the species. And the wool can be traced back to the flock!
ORGANIC MADE DIFFERENTLY
- Since the term "organic" is not protected, it is often used even if only a tiny part of the production chain fulfills in fact organic criteria. GOTS, on the other hand, covers every single step in the production chain, from sheep to yarn, and its criteria are public.
- Organic yarns of other sheep breeds often feel scratchy, because for most people wool which is 22 Microns or coarser seems rather rough. Our Patagonian Merino wool has 19.5 Microns and therefore especially soft.
- Most organic yarns are available only in undyed shades. Our yarn is dyed according to GOTS criteria without poisonous substances and is available in many beautiful colours, which neither harm your health nor the environment.
RECENTLY WE HAVE ALSO BEGUN TO PROCESS WOOL FROM SHEEP BREEDS THAT ARE RARE AND IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION. WE DONATE A SHARE OF THE REVENUE TO THE RARE BREEDS SURVIVAL TRUST, WHICH IS COMMITTED TO THE CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED SHEEP BREEDS IN GREAT BRITAIN.
The whole story how Rosy Green Wool came into existence and what we experienced on the way to our own yarn is currently only available in German on our Blog blog.rosygreenwool.de.