Natural Wool Ireland is the wool which is grown yearly by my flock of Romney X sheep, on a farm in the hills of South Wicklow. They originated from some pet lambs my daughters had when we returned form Hong Kong. Originally they were kept as lawn mowers in the orchard around the house but about 6 years ago when I couldn’t find 100% wool in any local wool shops I started to spin my own and became interested in the properties of wool.
I then start to think about the wool I was producing, gradually over the last few years with the help of my shearer, I started to get the wool I wanted. I chose a New Zealand Romney as those Kiwis are not only good at Rugby but are good at their genetics too. The flock is closed meaning I don’t bring in any sheep from other herds so disease is low. I am not organic but the flock and the farm are chemical free.
The sheep themselves are low maintenance, they lamb outdoors in late spring, they are good mothers so don’t get a lot of handling. We shear in early summer, I skirt and grade the wool myself. The dirty and unsuitable parts go on my vegetable patch and the rest gets sent to the Mill in Cornwall. After a lot of research I chose this mill because there is full traceability of my wool throughout all the processes. I get it back in 100 gram skeins which I dye or paint myself.
Natural Wool Ireland is wool from my small flock of Romney sheep farmed in South Wicklow Ireland. This is a beautifully soft wool, which is available in its natural form or a variety of colours which is hand dyed in small batches on my 75 year old Aga in my kitchen creating a unique product.
My flock of Romney Sheep are ethically farmed and contribute to the biodiversity and sustainability of the farm. The farm has been in my family for generations and there have always been sheep as part of the eco cycle of the land. I changed to a Romney sheep when I became interested in wool about 6 years ago. I select my breeding flock for their wool.
Romney wool has a long staple and great crimp so is excellent as yarn for knitting, weaving and crochet. The flock are shorn annually in late spring. Sheep’s wool is a renewable, biodegradable and sustainable product. It is also flame retardant, odour resistant and easy care making it the ideal choice for durable long lasting eco products.