wool in all its glory
Wool inspires in us a very intimate relationship. We all instinctively rub cashmere or
extra-fine wool against our cheeks to feel their sensual softness. We recognize a
knit’s quality—a certain lightness and softness—by touch. This quality is measured
in microns. A micron, or one-thousandth of a millimetre, is used to measure a fibre’s
diameter. The better the quality and prestige of wool, the lower the number of microns,
which is determined by the place on the animal where the wool was sheared. An
ultra-fine wool of 16 or 18 microns, for example, is so soft that it can be worn against
the skin. When you don ultra-fine wool clothing, you’re never too hot or too cold. The
airy texture adapts to your body temperature and your environment, ventilating indoors
and offering thermal protection outdoors. The result? Our fine-micron wools
never itch! A higher micron does not necessarily mean more warmth, however.
Fine-micron yarn offers insulating and absorbing properties that make it warmer
than large-micron, thicker wools. ça va de soi chooses yarns that measure between
15 and 19 microns, a rare standard of quality in the world of knits, where the average
hovers around 24 microns. Even our oversize, enveloping sweaters are made of
fine fibres that we double or triple to help you survive the cold in complete comfort.
Wools are also distinguished by the technique used to prepare them for spinning,
either carding or combing. Our cashmere and virgin wool are carded fibres, for more
warmth and durability and for a more rustic finish. Our extra-fine merino falls into
the category of combed wools, which are more refined since they look perfectly even.
The style of knit dictates the choice of technique.