September 28, 2017 Common Misconceptions About Wool, Myth #1: “Wool is Itchy” Wool was one of the primary sources of fiber used by humans for thousands of years. However, due to the advancement in technologies used to produce synthetic fibers, wool gradually became more scarce. Within the last twenty years, though, wool has made a huge comeback in everyday use because of our desire to find natural and safe alternatives to synthetics materials. We’re getting back to our roots. Many people ask us why wool is such a wonderful product to use, so periodically we like to debunk some myths about this amazing fabric here on our blog for you – starting with… Myth #1: Wool is itchy The most common misconception about wool is that it’s itchy and therefore should be avoided when possible. One major reason wool can feel itchy or scratchy is the quality of the wool being used. Generally, the larger the diameter of the strands of wool being used (measured in microns which equals 1 x 10-6 meters in length), the itchier it will feel. Likewise, the smaller the micron, the softer it will feel. At Shepherd’s Dream, we use a premium blend of smaller micron wools from various breeds of sheep in all our products, such as our Premium Eco Wool batting. This ensures that all our wool blankets, pillows, comforters, beds and other products retain all the beneficial properties of wool while feeling smoother to the touch than coarser, larger micron wool fibers. Another reason wool may feel rough is the way it was handled after being sheared from the sheep. Wool is one of the most resilient fibers. However, the more the fiber is processed, the scratchier it will feel on your skin. We buy our wool direct from farmers who shear their own sheep, so it’s minimally processed and therefore guaranteed to be the highest quality for our customers. At Shepherd’s Dream you won’t find anything but soft, durable wool that will last decades. We invite you to get cozy during the cooler months in these upcoming seasons with our wool products. Ready to try wool? Shop here!