Why organic, undyed Shetland wool?

These yarns come from a certified organic farm on Shetland, this means the sheep and the land they graze on are treated with respect.

The Shetland sheep come in a variety of beautiful natural colours – and they are really cute-looking animals, as you can see from the picture below! Their fleece colours remain unbleached and undyed through the organic scouring process, no chemicals are involved at any stage; the wool speaks for itself, without any artificial addition. The wool is then spun in a mill that still uses 19th century machinery powered by renewable energy. Using undyed wool is also more environmentally friendly because any kind of dyeing, even if it’s very natural, requires the use of further resources, especially water.

This wool is soft but firm at the same time, therefore your knitted garment will keep its shape over time and it won’t pill as easily as other luxury yarns like cashmere or merino. Although it does not feel as soft to the touch as those yarns, it is as gentle on your skin and doesn’t irritate (unless obviously you are particularly sensitive to wool in general). It is also very lightweight, so maribru’s jumpers feel quite light on the body but will keep you warm and cosy.

These colours will go well with other natural and muted colours but will also look stunning if you pair them with bright colours from your wardrobe for a contrasting effect.