100% fine Montana Merino Wool
From their website:
100% Beaverslide merino wool -
- heavy fisherman weight - sturdy 3-ply
3.5 - 3.75 stitches to the inch on #8 - 10 needles, 9 wpi. 160 yards per 4-oz skein.
“We take great pride in our flock of Beaverslide Merino sheep, grown under wholesome and humane conditions. Our animals live in an essentially extreme climate, so their wool is noticeably “loftier” than that which is imported.
…we have…been to the mill in Canada many times and can assure you that it is environmentally responsible and produces quality products the old-fashioned way. The wool is processed naturally, in contrast to larger mills, which often treat the wool with harsh chemicals to dissolve vegetable matter, mothproof or superwash. It is also non-carbonized (not heated to extremely high temperatures to destroy plant matter). Wool doesn’t burn, but carbonizing apparently alters its molecular structure and creates a harsh product. In an effort to avoid this over-processing, a few flecks of straw remain in the product, but are easily removed as you knit.
The yarn is “mulespun”; mule spinning gives yarns characteristics all their own. The draw allows for a more uniform product, and the relaxation of the tension allows the yarn to “fluff up” more. Many experts consider the mule to make the very highest quality of handwork yarns.
Our traditional fisherman weight line includes 14 color blends that knit up at about 4 stitches to the inch on size 8 or 9 needles.
The dyed fisherman selections feature color blends that are unique to and designed by our little company. Each one is a heathered blend of two to four colors. These colors were inspired by the natural world, here in Northern Montana.”