Polwarth is named for the county in southwestern Australia where the breed originated. Today, this breed of sheep can be found in South America, the Falkland Islands and New Zealand. Polwarth, also referred to as ideals, are a product of breeding Merino with Merino/Lincoln sheep. The intention was to create a breed that was valued for both their fleeces as well as their meat production.
5 - 7 inches
23 - 26 Microns (58s - 64s)
Polwarth has a natural loft to it making it a very dense fiber to work with, this translates to more variegation and interest within each individual color.
Polwarth/Silk: The silk blend will add a slight sheen to the fiber, however it is noticed more in texture than appearance.
Polwarth is similar to Merino in many regards, however, when it comes to spinning the two truly begin to differ. Polwarth is much easier to spin than a Merino because it has a slightly thicker fiber diameter and longer staple length. Polwarth is gaining popularity with spinners of all experience levels because of its ease of spinning and versatility when determining a project.
There are many different and exotic types of silk out there, each one having unique qualities. However, here at Into the Whirled, you will find two types; Bombyx and Tussah. Please note that if a product contains silk, it will be clearly marked on the label.
Bombyx is a cultivated silk, also known as Mulberry silk; it is recognized for its intense luster, fineness and strength. A very fine silk, Bombyx has a wonderful stark white color that takes dye well and stands out in blends through its sheen. The majority of cultivated silk on the market today is Bombyx silk, therefore most silken products you find are Bombyx silk. Into the Whirled only uses Bombyx silk in our 50/50 blends.
Tussah silk, also known as Peace silk, is the most popular of all the wild silk types. Although a very fine silk in its own right it is a coarser fiber than Bombyx making it easier to spin. Tussah silk is recognizable by its signature honey to beige coloring and because of this takes dye in a unique fashion adding an incredible depth to the color when blended with wool of any type. Tussah silk is slightly more durable than Bombyx making it ideal for that baby project. Into the Whirled uses Tussah silk in the majority of our blends.