The Henry sweater is handmade in Sweden with 100% merino wool. Merino wool regulates temperature, breathes, keeps off moisture, and is self-cleaning due to it’s naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
“No wool, no vikings”! Wool provides warmth even when it’s wet, and the Vikings knew this. Perhaps wearing wool is what allowed them to become smart traders, tactical warriors, and daring explorers…?
This hand knit sweater is sleeveless with a cozy fold over turtleneck.
Our 100% merino wool is GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and comes from a farm in Guldbransdalen, Norway. Norwegian wool is known for being stronger and more durable than any other merino fibre. In Norway, children (and fur-babies) are dressed in wool to keep them dry and warm regardless of the weather. It stays comfortable because it feels warm in winter and cool in summer.
Is wool positive for the climate? The sheep feed on the lush Norwegian nature, including green grass, leaves, herbs, flowers, and heather. This helps keep the landscape open, and when they fertilise it, they also help capture carbon. As a whole, these animals contribute a lot to nature. A cool climate also reduces bacteria and other pesticide problems, hence no need for chemicals when washed and prepared. Therefore, 75% of Norwegian wool production has been approved by The Swan, a Nordic eco-label (source).
Is wool more beneficial than cotton for sensitive skin? The naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties are thanks to the lanolin content. Lanolin – a protective waxy layer, acts as a natural skin moisturiser and helps to keep the skin clean and avoid infections. Superfine merino wool is kind to sensitive skin as they prevent irritation. In a 2016 study on children with eczema, researchers found that when children switched from wearing cotton to superfine merino wool they showed a significant decrease in eczema severity, whereas children who started wearing superfine merino wool and then switched to cotton, their eczema actually worsened (source).
*bowtie is not included.
Merino wool is considered self-cleaning due to its lanolin content (a natural waxy substance that gives the wool its anti-bacterial properties and also helps repel water and stains). Sometimes all you need to do is hang the garment in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.
How to wash We recommend washing by hand in cold water with gentle pH-neutral soap, such as castile soap or an eco wool detergent. Look for “wool soap with lanolin” on Etsy or in your local store. Squeeze rather than rub to remove stains and dry flat on a towel. Never use fabric softeners, it will damage the merino wool.