'Let's get cosy...' currently offers three different types of chunky yarn - 100% Acrylic Yarn, 100% Merino wool and 100% Polyester (2cm) / 100% Cotton (3cm) Tube Yarn.
Both Acrylic and Merino are super chunky and super soft as they are both 'un-spun' yarns, which means the thousands of tiny strands that they are made of, are not 'Spun' together and therefore loose. This makes them lovely and squidgy and soft, but very delicate.
I process (felt) Merino wool slightly, which lightly binds the fibres meaning they are less likely to come away with friction. However if Merino Wool is felted too much, it looses its luxurious squidgy feel, so I aim to make it as durable as possible without loosing this attractive characteristic.
Acrylic yarn however, doesn't felt well, so it is more prone to shedding than Merino wool and this is reflected in the price point. In a nut shell - the more friction - the more likely it is for piling to occur in both Merino and Acrylic (more so in acrylic yarn). Therefore items made in these materials are luxury items, designed for decorative purposes and occasional use and will have a long lifespan if cared for with this in mind. If however piling does occur, please note that this is not a defect, but simply the nature of the yarn. If you do not like the look of the piling (it doesn't bother some people!), it can be carefully trimmed off with sharp scissors, or gently teased away by hand and loose bits smoothed back down and tucked away.
Tube Yarn is basically a tube of material that is filled with stuffing (like a pillow) and then I knit with it. This therefore means it is firmer than Merino/Acrylic, but will not shed/Pile.
Merino wool, is real wool from the Merino sheep (not surprisingly, thats how it got its name!). It is thought to be the softest wool around (it is soo soft!) and in some places the Merino sheep is bred just for its gorgeous coat. Not only is it super soft, but it also has these other extremely useful qualities too: Flame Retardancy, Odour Resistant, Stain Resistant, Water Resistant, Naturally Elastic, Plus... it is breathable and therefore able to regulate body temperature (more so when in contact with the skin) so you will not over heat! Amazing Huh! Oh and did I say it is ecological in its production! Got to love Merino Wool.
Merino wool is stain resistant, so any spills should come away through spot cleaning by blotting with cold water. However when necessary, it can be Dry Cleaned only. I usually find that giving it a good airing by shaking it out, usually plumps it up a bit and freshens it up!
As mentioned above, piling may occur over time, but this can be trimmed off with sharp scissors or gently teased away by hand if it bothers you.
Acrylic yarn can be washed (when necessary and dependant on washing machine size and blanket size) on a cool wash or by hand. Please use a gentle spin only and dry flat (DO NOT tumble dry).
100% Polyester (2cm) and 100% Cotton (3cm) and manmade. Its firmer than Acrylic and Merino, but still looks lovely and will not pile/shed!