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 5 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 choose a New Zealand Romney 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 it is 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 choose this mill because there is full tractability of my wool throughout all the processes. I get it back in 100 gram skeins which I dye or paint myself.