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Filson (C.C. Filson Co.) is a company that sells many types of outdoor hats. The particular style of hat you pictured in your question goes by several different names. Here in Canada it is known as a toque or tuque. Even though other terms are in existence up here, the only phrase I really seem to hear up here is toque. Except for Canada the term ...


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Alpaca wool is both lighter and warmer than sheep wool due to it being hollow. It also may be softer, depending on the specific herd of animals. This is a nice rundown of different types of wool. Softer and sturdier than cashmere and lighter than sheep's wool, alpaca fleece is a luxurious commodity that produces warm, silky, durable and feather-light ...


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The main difference between alpaca and merino (or any other) wool is the fur itself. Alpaca is not technically wool, as it has a different construction. It's fiber, which is more like hair. Because Alpaca fiber is hollow, it has many advantages over merino wool. It's warmer, softer, more lightweight, thermal for use in all seasons. It's also durable. As ...


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A raw fleece is the wool just shorn from a sheep. It's filled with grass and manure and possibly ticks, bugs, and worms, it smells bad and is greasy with lanolin. That's probably what you're looking for. If you find a fleece that's been washed or skirted, it's been prepared for textiles. Spinners pay a premium for those. Avoid those. Your best bet is ...


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I think raw wool / raw fleeces are already your best bet on researching this. At least e-Bay turns up some results that may be what you are looking for (based on where you live).


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The folks at Smartwool explain why you should not use fabric softener on Merino wool: Machine-wash on gentle cycle in warm or cool water (avoid hot water as heat may shrink wool). Use mild soap, no bleach or fabric softener (bleach destroys the Merino wool fibers, and fabric softener coats those fibers—reducing their ability to naturally manage moisture ...


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As requested. So certain wools are worth more than others when it comes to breed, quality etc. For a lot of wools the wool itself isn't used in textiles, and as such it does not sell well. In these cases the sheep have to be sheered (leaving a thick dirty fleece on sheep leads to maggots growing inside it) for their own health and hygiene, and the wool is ...


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Alpaca socks are unique in that alpaca is a hollow core fiber. This means the yarns that make up the socks wrap your foot like a radiator carrying warm air to keep your feet warm when it's cold outside. In addition, alpaca fiber is 5 times stronger than wool and the scale height of each fiber is about 30% as high as wool. Scales are small barbs on the fiber ...


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Yes FILSON is a company. That is commonly called a stocking cap. That is kind of expensive for cap. But it is a nice cap.


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Do you mean washing with lanolin-containing wool detergent, or just chucking in some of your lanolin you use on your baby's stuff? If the latter, I think it may be hard determining the correct amount. I wish I could give you a more technical answer, but I can tell you many "wool detergents" on the market like Nikwax Wool Wash and Kookaburra Wash contain ...


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Using the Way back machine for http://www.icebreaker.com/en/black_sheep (which used to exist, but search engines still link to) it said: The ultimate in luxury, soft merino wool clothing, the Icebreaker Black Sheep collection is made from the finest fibers to create a beautifully soft and lightweight line. Comfortable enough to wear day or night, our long-...


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There are two possible explanations that I can think of, The wool comes from rare actual black merino sheep. Do you have natural colored Merino sheep? Yes, we do. Black Merino sheep are quite rare and it took us many years to build up our flock to a sizeable number. Source This is marketing by people who know that humans want to stand out in a ...


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I would comment, but I need reputation for that. That is a 'Touque'. the proper spelling. A significant amount of untrustworthy votes on CBC'S webpoll agree on the spelling of touque. Really, just spell it however you like. In the United States it's also commonly called a "beanie".


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