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The Unbelievable Science Behind Wool

Through the millennia, wool has been unmatched by other textiles in terms of its collection of qualities. What makes wool such a miraculous material? Anyone who wears wool knows firsthand that it keeps you warm in chilly temperatures and cool in hot weather. You’ve probably also noticed how wool garments from companies such as Minus33 wick away moisture and stay odor-free. But how many wool lovers know the science behind this incredible fabric?

Here are all the answers to the big questions you have about the inner workings of wool, giving you full confidence when choosing your clothes and accessories.

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Steitzhof Merinos

Living With Merinos

Behind the Scenes of the Steitzhof Merinos

John, one of our Merinoholics team members, takes us behind the scenes of his sheep farm in Montana. Note: The Steitzhof Merinos are bred specifically for hand spinning and are not used for the production of Minus33 garments. However, John takes us behind the scenes of what the sheep-raising process is like on a smaller scale. You can learn more about the Steitzhof Merinos here.

The Flock

I am a Merinoholic x2. Not only do I wear Merino wool, we raise Merino sheep. We live merino. After 30 years away from raising sheep, I came back with my first choice breed: Merino. I wanted the top of the wool market and I wanted to be different by raising colored ones. Carol, my wife, has quickly learned to be a great partner in this joint project. When I raised sheep back in the early 1980’s there were no black sheep. I think my mom kind of considered me one. Today, we raise only colored (brown, gray, black) purebred merinos with the finest wool traits we can find. Some are even spotted. Our Merinos have a strong proportion of AU and NZ genetics for improved traits. We are doing this in project mode, capping our flock at the 25 best. They compete for those spots. We are very honored to say our flock recently won the prestigious Black Sheep Cup this July at Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR for the 5 Best Handspinning Fleeces. We also had Grand Champion for the 2nd year in a row and Reserve Champion Colored Fleece.

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