Mountain Stream Bulky Handwoven Merino Scarf
This listing is for ONE super soft handwoven scarf made with Neatnik Yarns hand dyed merino wool.
Length: 65 inches / 165 cm
Width: 7.5 inches / 19 cm
Weight: 5.6 oz / 159 grams
Weft (left to right): Bulky 80% superwash merino wool / 20% nylon blend (Colourway: Mountain Stream)
Warp: (top to bottom): Bulky 100% superwash merino wool (Colourway: Dusty Boots)
The story of this scarf
This scarf has a story, and came to be as a result of many humans earning a liveable wage (Sheep Farmer in Australia / New Zealand, Wool Mill in Ontario / UK & Hand Dyer in Edmonton). It was handwoven on a 16 inch rigid heddle loom by a human (me, Angela) after the yarn was hand dyed by me. Much thought went into which yarns to use and how. The weaving bit takes about 2.5 hours, and the dyeing takes about 40 minutes (not including rinsing, spinning and drying).
Slow Fashion Manifesto
I tell you this story because we are so used to fast fashion and a much lower price point. The sticker price might be a bit of a shock. However, the (shockingly) lower prices we have become accustomed to reflect an unsustainable system - mass production using cheap materials in countries that do not pay a living wage or provide labour security.
This is not fast fashion. This scarf is an investment. It is a one-of-a-kind handmade piece, not destined to be discarded after a season. It is meant to be worn, loved, cared for, maybe shared, eventually passed down/on with many happy memories attached. This is what supporting local looks like. It requires a bit of a mental tweak, but heed this: less is more.
Although this yarn is "superwash," meaning technically you can wash it and it won't felt, I suggest keeping it gentle: hand wash gently in cold water (using a wool soak ideally) and lay flat to dry.
If little balls (also called "pills") start to develop, use a sweater razor to remove them or take it to the dry cleaner.
Neatnik Yarns are made in a smoke-free, cat-loving home.