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Good Yak Merino Wool Tips
« on: December 06, 2022, 04:33:05 PM »
Taking Advantage Of Yak And Merino Wool Fiber Characteristics
Wool from sheep can be stiff or silky, coarse or silky, shiny and matte and tough or soft, which can shrink or soften according to the breed. Merino wool from sheep is usually considered to have the softest wool. The softness is due to the small size of the individual fibers which is approximately 18-24 microns. Cashmere fibers range from 11-12 microns. Wool from Romney sheep ranges from 29 to 36 microns. Merino Wool is the most comfortable yarn for knitting projects. Merino wool has many other characteristics, including good warmth and moderate strength. It also has good elasticity and moderate quality of luster. Additionally, it has very easy feltability. Here's a comprehensive description of the fibers used to make knitting yarns.
Characteristics of Fibers
The quality of softness is in the control of the beholder: What feels good against the skin of one knitter may not be so for another knitter.Warmth is a particularly valuable characteristic for cool-weather garments.
Strength: This is the resistance to tensile force or pulling force.
Luster: Does the hair shine? Silky fibers, like silk, adult mohair, dye brightly.
Elasticity - Does your knitted cloth return to its original form when stretched after being stretched? Based on the pull strength, how much does the knitted or yarn stretch per pull?
What is the hang-up? Does it flow?
Halo: There are some yarns which produce a glow due to fibers that diverge from the central yarn.
Feltability: With agitation and changes in water temperature knitted fabric can be stiff, and at times the stitches are hidden. Different fibers differ in their shrinkage when felted.

Thermal Properties Of Yak And Merino Wool
Yak and merino wool base layer fabrics are the pinnacle of base layers.  The base layer of our collection is made with merino and yak wool and they combine these natural characteristics with merino for all-day comfort, warmth and air-flow. To provide outdoor adventurers with high-end comfort, we developed the first yak wool technical fabric. These fabrics provide superior warmth when you need it, temperature regulation that prevents overheating, natural humidity management and heat regulation. The high altitude home of the yak is where the wooly warmth can be found. These tough animals have developed their super-wool in order to be able to withstand cold temperatures at altitudes of 4,000-6,000 meters as well as the brutal winter months.
The most comfortable base layer we provide The warmest base layers we offer: 60% premium Yak wool 40% supersoft and luxurious Merino. These are a top  thermals for men blend.
Other Fibers To Consider
Highland wool is usually obtained from Corriedale sheep and is generally produced in Peru. Although not as soft but it's still more soft as Merino. It is also warmer than merino.
The delicate undercoats of dual coated animals are baby camel, cashmere, yak, and baby camel down. They are extremely soft, very warm and modestly elastic. They're more comfortable than merino wool. They can provide an elegant halo effect to knitted yarns and knitted fabrics. They can be found in natural grays and browns (as much as white), so they might muffle colors in dyed yarns.
Silks made of tussah and Mulberry are both cocoons of moths that produce silk. Silk made of Mulberry (or bombyx) is extremely pale; tussah silk is a light golden brown. Both silks are exceptionally strong and soft. They are also lustrous. I've found that silk can feel cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather. Silks that have a nebulous elasticity drape beautifully.
Mohair, a type of fiber that comes from Angora Angora Goats, is called the fiber. The characteristics of mohair are dependent on the age of the animal. The mohair of a kid (first and second clips) is the most soft, has respectable shine, and isn't very elastic, however it drapes beautifully. While it may appear much the same as young mohair, the yearling variety (third- and fourth clips), is a bit more durable and shiny. Mohair that is mature (from goats more than two years of age) is extremely durable and shiny. It has no elasticity, has excellent drape, and is resistant to felting. Mohair is a wonderful warm fiber, regardless of age.
Nylon is a synthetic polymer often used in wool yarns to enhance the strength -- and, in turn the endurance of the yarn and the knitted item. It is a synthetic plastic that has some elastic properties. However, it does not retain moisture as well as wool.
Superwashed Merino. Scales are affixed to wool fibers to help them stick together. This allows wool yarns to have a relatively low twist and also provides them with some springiness and feltability. A superwash wool is one which has either removed the scales on wool fibers or covered them. Superwash wools require a little more twist so that the knitted fabric has less elasticity. Superwash wools won't feel and are machine washable. Quite often, superwash merino is combined with nylon for ease of cleaning and long-lasting.
Alpaca (huacaya or suri) adds warmth to knitted fabrics and softens it. It feels almost as good as merino, or even better like the merino.
Angora (from Angora bunnies) is incredibly soft. It is extremely lightweight and creates a unique look.
The coolest thing about cotton is that it has very little elastic. Merinocotton-cotton blends are some of my most loved sweaters. These yarns are able for spring as well as autumn-themed garments.

How To Pick The Right Thermal Clothes
Whether you're looking for the best ski base layer or  Other outdoor activities that are that require elevation, we have found the yak/merino blend thermal mix to be the most adaptable and comfortable. Here are some guidelines to pick the appropriate type and style of thermals..
1. You Must Ensure That They Don't Restrict Your Movement
Although thermals are best worn with skin-fitting against the body, they must also not restrict movement. Thermals can help you move more efficiently as it keeps your body warm and protecting it from the cold.
2. Check For Smoothness
If you're buying thermals for males or for women, ensuring the fabric is smooth to the touch and has flat, well crafted seams, will save you from regretting your purchase. A rougher fabric, zip edges or thick seams can create friction to the skin and rub against it, causing itching and irritation. The smallest irritation can ruin your day.
3. Pick The Right Fabric
Learn the difference between synthetic and natural fibers and how heat transfers through different fabrics. Wool garments will be a preferred choice for their natural moisture wicking properties and their ability to keep you dry when layers of fabrics. You'll be able to maintain your body temperature at an best level for longer when you're dry. The accumulation of sweat can be an issue as it can quickly make you sweaty and cold. Wool can be worn for longer periods of time without having to wash it, which is a great advantage if you're on the mountain for several days.