On that subject...that of long wearing wool yarns....I have to add my own opinion. I love super, smooshy, soft exotic natural fibres, including finer wool breeds. BUT, they do not wear like old fashioned, coarser wool yarns, especially for outer wear. I have gone on and on about the virtues of this type of wool before, both on the blog and in person speaking to people. I love my local mill for this very reason, they use mixed breed wool fibre to make their yarns and blankets. Some batches are softer, some coarser, but all in all this is a great all purpose yarn for outwear, mitts, hats and socks. I've heard many people argue that "it's scratchy" or "hard", only to see those people shivering and uncomfortable in our damp, cold, maritime climate because they are wearing fabrics that don't match the environment, and have to turn around year after year and replace these same articles of clothing with more of the same. Like the article at Juniper Moon Farm about her lovely 20 year old sweater, I have a sweater that I knit 7 years ago. This sweater was one of the very first knitted things that I had ever made. It was too loosely knit, making it drape oddly and of course making it huge on me. I wore it like this to work for about 4 years. Then I had the idea to felt it so that it would shrink to a better fitting size and of course felting would also close the stitches making them tighter and more weather proof. As I was reading the article on Juniper Moon Farm's blog, I realized that I was sitting here, at work where it is quite cold today, as comfortable and warm as I can possibly be...because I am wearing this awesome sweater. It isn't really pretty, it isn't Haute Couture, but it is snuggly warm and because it is made of real wool, I never feel the chill of a damp day when I wear it. I know that this sweater, because it is made with a less desirable, coarser wool yarn, will last me forever.
I love this sweater.