The Merino wool that goes into Cestari's Mount Vernon Collection comes from reputable ranches located in the US mountain states. Cestari pays a premium for the highest quality Merino available in order to ensure the future of the American sheep & wool industry and to be able to make a top-quality merino yarn. The merino is soft and untreated by chemicals. The Mount Vernon Collection is hand-dyed using a small-batch kettle method.
Hand wash in cold water with mild detergent. Allow to dry naturally on a flat surface. Do not dry clean so as to retain the natural lanolin oils in the wool.
A percentage of the natural lanolin has been deliberately retained in the yarn. This helps to project the wool and acts somewhat as a water repellent for the garment.
Material: 100% Fine Merino Wool
Weight: 3 Ply DK
Unit Weight: 3.5 oz / 100 g
Approximate Yardage: 232 yards / 212 m
Gauge: 22 sts = 4"
Care: Machine Wash Cold Gentle Cycle or Hand Wash Cold. Reshape, Air Dry Flat. Do Not Tumble Dry. Do Not Dry Clean. Do Not Bleach.
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company is a small family-owned and -operated American manufacturer of knitting and crocheting yarn. Their farm is located in Augusta County, Virginia where they raise sheep for wool that is used in their yarn. They also source wool from reputable ranchers throughout the United States. All of their sheep and wool products are always grown and processed in the United States.
Made in the USA.
Why no Super Wash Merino?
Cestari has been asked from time to time if we will make a super wash wool yarn. The answer is and will always be that we have not and will never make super wash wool yarn. Here is our reasoning. To make super wash wool yarn involves the use of harsh chemicals and procedures that literally transforms the structure of the wool in such a fashion as to destroy the inherit characteristics of the wool. Cestari views this as no longer being a natural fiber but a man-made yarn product. Cestari has made a conscious decision to be true to the natural beauty of wool and not super wash any of our wool yarns.
Images courtesy of Cestari Sheep & Wool Co.