FABRICATED TALES: HEAL THE WOOL

You could say we’re a fan of Michael Jackson’s tunes here at Wool and the Gang. Well, our newest yarn really takes his ‘91 classic, Heal the World, to heart. Enter Heal the Wool - our 100% recycled yarn, doin’ its part to make the world a better place for you and me saving both water and energy.

THE PROCESS

Heal the Wool yarn is so special because it’s made entirely from “waste”. If you’re picturing piles of trash right now, don’t worry, that’s not the kind of waste we mean. You see, in the usual spinning and dyeing process, you’re left with lots of excess wool fibre. Usually, these extra bits are tossed into a landfill. But these leftovers are good quality and have the ability to be turned into something special – so we got to work!

The story of Heal The Wool goes a bit like this. It all starts in Peru where the first steps are to gather all the waste saved from landfill (all 6 tonnes of it!) It is then hand sorted into colours and then combed, then finally it is spun with it’s twist onto a cone and then balled up and packaged. The yarn varies from extra fine merino to highland wool, which gives us a nice blend averaging 25.4/25mic. Heal The Wool is now ready to be created into something special with its second life.

WHAT CAN I MAKE?

The yarn is soft and chunky, ideal for that beginner pattern or quick project. Not only can you use all of our Crazy Sexy Wool patterns with this new yarn, we’ve also created 3 new kits just for this launch. Designed for those new to knitting, the Wooly Young Thing Cardigan, Beat it Beanie and Don’t Stop Scarf are quick projects to whip up in no time. You’ve got tons to choose from, so all there’s left to do is start knitting!

There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place.

 

10 Comments

  1. This is so amazing guys!! You should be so proud of yourselves!

  2. This takes “upcycling” to a whole new dimension, I am all for it!

  3. I love this idea. I like to recycle sweaters and make new things from them. the thrift store is great for this. thanks

    • Let us know if you make anything fun with old or thrifted sweaters, we’d love to hear about it!

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