With the spring sunshine finally beginning to break through the grey dreary days of winter, it can feel pretty tempting to pack away heavy woollen knitwear in favour of lighter layers. But if there's one thing the weather here in England can guarantee, it's unpredictability! So while we're also looking forward to warmer days spent wearing lighter-weight cotton, now is the perfect time to invest in finer fibres that still offer plenty of insulating properties to keep you warm when days feel a little chillier.
Extra fine merino wool is actually the perfect yarns for transitional dressing. With smart properties these yarns offer the benefits of providing extra warmth when needed but offering much lighter layers than chunky woollen spun merino and hardy British wool.
Women's 100% Merino Wool V Neck Cardigan
Soft, breathable and thermoregulating our extra fine merino knits are all made using Zenga Baruffa's (Estd. 1850) or Filivivi's (Estd. 1817) Italian spun yarn. With a history of producing some of the world's finest quality yarns, these Italian spun fibres offer an incredibly luxury and some of the softest yarns in the world.
Ideal for layering, or wearing close to your skin as a first layer, fine merino is a reactive natural yarn. This means that the fibre crimps and expands to create insulated pockets of air, keeping you warm and dry, even as temperatures change.
With fibres that have a much thinner diameter, merino isn't itchy or rough like thicker wools, making it the perfect yarn for people with sensitive skin. There's even been a number of studies, pointing to the benefits of wearing merino wool for people with eczema, acting like a second skin for people whose ‘first’ skin is too dry. This is because merino wool is because the fibres of the yarn, absorb and release twice as much moisture vapour as cotton, and 30 times as much as synthetic fibres like polyester. When it is worn next to the skin, extra fine Merino wool works as a dynamic buffer, which helps to stabilise the humidity levels and temperature of the micro-climate between the fabric and the skin.