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Old 02-22-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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What type of sheep does Fishermen's Wool come from?
Hey everyone.

This is kind of a random question, but I was wondering if anyone knows what type of sheep Lion Brand's Fishermen's Wool comes from. The only thing is says on the package is "100% Pure Virgin Wool containing Lanolin".

I'm unclear as to whether "virgin wool" refers to the TYPE of wool, or the maturity of the sheep from which it came. Here is a link to Lion Brand's Fishermen's Wool page:
http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/fisher.htm

If I had to take a guess, I would say that whatever breed the sheep are, they are highland sheep, because the wrapper says that this wool is water resistant and perfect for keeping you warm even when damp. However, this is just my thesis, and I will be quite interested in comparing my hypothesis with reality. (I'm preparing for my career - mad scientist....bare with me).

Thank you everyone! Have a nice day, and happy knitting
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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It's water resistant because of the lanolin in it and 'virgin wool' means it hasn't been processed before. Wool from all kinds of sheep has lanolin in it, not just 'highland' sheep, though some of them are washed less to keep it in that product.
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A virgin wool sheep has never had sex.
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Yes Katz, But they've been subjected to some shearly, naked events where they dropped their coats with little protest!!!
Ohhh, the scandal of it all!
Why don't you add this to the new laugh line in The Lounge? It could use some spicing up.
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Here's what Wiki says about wool. Scroll down to the Yarn section to see what virgin wool really is...
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Suzeeq, That's quite an article about wool. I enjoyed learning about it. I wonder, with the percentage coming from Australia (terrible flooding) and New Zealand (now an earthquake) is it likely that the price will escalate in the coming year?

We never hear about the loss of animals even when they're so important to a nation's economy.
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Why don't you add this to the new laugh line in The Lounge? It could use some spicing up.
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Jan wouldn't get it.
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Hehe
I think I have to add that to the laugh line

Thank you for all of your input on the wool. I am definitely going to read that article, just because if I'm going to be working with fibers, I should definitely know about fibers.
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Katz, Jan is the pattern guru of this forum, IMO, and not to worry, she'll get anything you can hand out.
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Awesome article
Suzeeq - that's a great article. Thank you for sharing that!
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