If you’re looking at our blanket and DIY material collections and can’t make heads or tails of them, this post is for you. We know, if you’re not a knitter and you don’t deal with yarns professionally, it can be difficult to understand the differences between these materials just by looking at them.
So how do you choose the right blanket for you? Read on to learn more.
WHAT IS MERINO WOOL ROVING?
Merino wool comes from Merino sheep, an Australian breed known producing the finest wool. Roving is another word for unspun wool. It’s normally used to create yarns, sometimes in combination with other materials.
It comes in a thick strip of fibers held together by tiny scales on their surface. The thickness of each merino fiber ranges from 14 to 30 microns (compare to the average human hair, about 75 microns thick). The combination of these two factors gives merino wool roving an airiness and softness like no other material.
But while soft and luxurious, Merino roving has its drawbacks. For one, the same fineness that gives it such a luxurious feel is what makes this material so prone to snags, pulls, and other damage — fibers are quite easily separated from one another when they’re held together naturally and not, say, interwoven or spun.
The biggest drawback is that anything made form Merino wool roving cannot be washed, only dry-cleaned by a specialist. The combination of heat, friction, and moisture will cause it to felt and lose its airiness and softness.
WHAT IS OHHIO BRAID?
If you’re more practically minded, Ohhio Braid is for you. The original concept behind it was to create a more durable version of merino wool roving, but something still as plush and cool-looking.
Ohhio Braid is unique in the sense that all of its outer and inner fibers are connected. The outer fibers are cotton interwoven with a polyamide/elastane thread to make a fabric very similar to jersey. The inner fibers are synthetic siliconized micro hollowfibre, which is treated at high temperatures. It’s one of the most common fillings used in bedding.
Its composition gives Ohhio Braid its biggest advantage over Merino wool roving — it is durable and machine-washable. Not only that, but it’s quick to dry, too! This makes it a superior material for pet products as well as pillows, throw rugs and anything that requires frequent washes.
WHICH ONE DO YOU CHOOSE?
So which one do you go with? If you’re ready to do the work that upkeep of a blanket made from unspun merino wool requires in exchange for a tactile sensation like no other, we recommend our Merino collections. If you have pets or small children or would like to have the option to use your blanket as a throw rug then Ohhio Braid is the way to go.