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3 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Walls with Crochet

This Sunday is our beginner's crochet class - look where crochet can take you!

1. Crochet pot holder gallery

 

This is an exhibit by conceptual crochet artist Ana Tuominen. Aren't the colors great? After learning to crochet a potholder on Sunday, get going and hang them up to make your own collage.

Another of Tuominen's pot holder wall collages

2. Crochet Flower Hangings

Nail the basics, and then click over to try some simple flower patterns. Beautiful! We love the texture. 

Find crochet flower patterns here

3. Crochet Window Blinds

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Colorful pot holders sewn together offer privacy by still letting in the light. What a smart idea! 

 

Ready to get started? Ready more about our crochet class here

 

Shop our crochet supplies and awesome yarn selection online:

https://realwoolshop.ca/collections/knitting-supplies

 


Star Wars BB-8 Knitting Pattern is Too Much Fun!

Nerdy Knitter Alert!

BB-8 real wool shop carleton place

This adorable BB-8 pattern is downloadable and requires orange, white, grey, and black DK yarn - all of which you can find at the Real Wool Shop!

Shop our DK yarn here

Download the pattern and get more pics here


Why Wear Wool in the Summer?

It's warm in the summer, but it works both ways!

Shepherds in the desert have known the secret for centuries - wool is cool and breatheable in the summer.

backpacking wool shop

As a bonus, wool reduces odor. Your tent partner will definitely thank you if you take light wool garments with you on your camping or backpacking trip.

Wool also wicks moisture away naturally, and dries much more quickly than other types of fabric. If you're light on packing space, you can wash it in the sink or tub and it'll be dry by morning.

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Ready for a challenge? Try a hue shift afghan!

Kaliena of Ravelry walks us through 

Ravelry has a function where you can document your journey through a massive project like a hue shift afghan, and not only does it help us learn from the pitfalls of others, but it also help us share in the triumphs.

hue shift afghan real wool shop blog

Go check out Kaliena's project on Ravelry for her pattern and diary

Shop yarn online

Kaliena's gorgeous afghan is created using a hue shift technique where each subsequent square graduates to the next color of the rainbow, creating a trippy and gorgeous completed project.

Check out our gorgeous yarn selection to make your own hue shift project!


4 Surprising Benefits of Knitting

What knitting can do for your health and well-being

Last weekend's knitting class just happened to fall on a gorgeous day, so we picked up our yarn, table, and chairs and headed outside to soak in some rare vitamin-d as we chatted, learned some new tricks, and completed our projects. It was Heaven.

Beyond just making adorable and practical things, knitting has a ton of great benefits to our well-being. As we knit on each stitch, we're focusing on and improving ourselves.

Here are a few things knitting can do for your wellness:

Knitting is a form of meditation

Once you have it down and get into a rhythm, knitting is extremely relaxing. Doing the same stitch over and over has similar benefits to the body as a meditation session. Makes sense, right? Doing a stitch can be similar to moving  prayer beads through your fingers, but you get to have a cute scarf afterwords.

Knitting relieves many symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety

 If you feel stress or anxiety coming on, one of the best things a knitter can do is reach for their needles and get started. The repetative motion of the knitting as well as sitting down and calming yourself can reduce your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.

Knitting keeps your fingers and your mind nimble

Knitting keeps your mind sharp, and helps you work your fine motor skills to keep your hands in shape. According to the Mayo clinic, seniors who create craft projects like knitting are 30-50 percent less likely to experience a "mild cognitive impairment." 

Also, working your hands keeps joints healthy as well, which can keep pain from tendinitis and arthritis at bay.

Knitting for charity can make you a happier person

Not only are there immediate physical affects of the act of knitting, but of giving away your knitting projects as well. When you make a donation to charity (like a pair of Knitted Knockers), your brain acts in a similar way to when you are...ahem...physically intimate with someone, or when you eat chocolate.

knitted knockers real wool shop

Well then. Where are my knitting needles?

 

Shop knitting supplies here!

 

source: lifehack.org


How to Care for Moccasins

Get cozy (and stay that way)

real wool shop moccasins

Before you need to clean your moccasins, you should protect them with water repellant or a Scotchguard product. Just spray on and allow to dry, so if you happen to get caught in the rain, you'll be prepared.

If you have moosehide or any other softer leather, you may want to apply a soft leather cream as well.

In order to clean your moccs, you can use an emery board with a toothbrush or suede brush to loosen dirt and fluff up the leather. Spray it with baby shampoo and brush it in, then rinse your brush and clean with just water. Fill the toe of your wet mocc with paper towel or tissue paper to help it keep its shape. Allow it to air dry in the shade.

If you have fur or sheepskin fleece lining inside your moccasins, you can clean them by spraying water inside with a spray bottle, but don't soak it completely. Use the air setting on your hair dryer (without heat) to dry as you fluff it with your fingers.

moccasins real wool shop

Shop these wool lined rabbit fur moccasins

If your moccs are getting a little funky, you can sprinkle baking soda inside, allow them to sit overnight, and then shake out the baking soda the next day. This should help absorb odor and bacteria.

Shop all moccasins

 

 


Get Cozy with Canadian Made Moccasins

Laurentian Cheif Moccs have been made in Saint-Emile, Quebec since 1945

Good moccasins are for pretty much everything. You can snowshoe in them, pad around the house in them, or slip them on first thing in the morning. Can you imagine being more cozy than having some great fur lined mocs on your tootsies next to a roaring fire? It's seriously Heaven.

What's more, our Laurentian Cheif Moccs are made nearby, and some of them are even moosehide. Not sure it gets more Canadian than that.

We have more moccs in the store than what's in our online inventory, so stop by and try some on. They aren't just for cozy firesides - there are also some higher styles that would look totally amazing with some of our bamboo leggings.

moccasins real wool shop

 

Shop our extensive collection of moccasins

(available in kids, toddler, and baby sizes as well!)

Shop our super colourful leggings


3 Great Spring Leggings Looks

You'll look great!

Are you ready to spruce up your legging collection, or hop onto the legging trend bandwagon? There's no reason to wait. You probably already have tops that will look great with leggings, and dresses are great too!

real wool shop leggings

If you've been a solid legging kind of gal so far, it might be time to branch out into some fun patterns. Don't worry, you can do this.

Look 1: Button down shirt & tall boots

Button down shirts aren't just for bonfires and jeans! Pair leggings with this Ezze Wear button down shirt, or any number of our many button down styles from plaid to solid and everything in between!

 

Shop this Ezze Wear button down in black or white

Look 2: Cozy Cardigan

Yes, it's spring, but tell that to the rain. 'Tis the season to layer up, and a light summer tee or tank is great with a cardigan on top.

real wool shop canada cardigan

Shop the Canada Cardigan!

Look 3: Tunic Length Tops

Is there really a better pant for a tunic than leggings? Grab a solid tunic to pair with a great patterened legging for a switcheroo of the black legging trend.

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Loving this "Coffee Shop Wrap" Knitting Pattern!

Everything's better in a coffee shop, but you can wear this anywhere!

How cute is this shawl?

It's got adorable tassles, and can be worn in a number of trendy ways.

Such a great spring-to-summer accessory!

About the Pattern

This pattern is free for download at craftsy.com.

It's considered an "easy" level pattern, and you'll need to use knit, k2tog, and yarn over techniques.

You'll need 930 yards of DK weight yarn. You may also need a large eye blunt needle, US size 10 (6mm) circular knitting needles, and stitch markers, which we sell in our shop.

Shop DK weight yarn now!

 


These are the official top 10 colors of Spring 2017

We're seeing a lot of these in our spring fashions!

Every year, Pantone (the undisputed authority on color trends) predicts what the hottest colors will be every spring. This year, the folks at Pantone studied thousands of pieces from New York Fashion Week to determine the penultimate color palate of the year, and this is it!

The front running colors are Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Niagara, and Primrose Yellow. Next is Flame, followed by Island Paradise.

The bottom 5 include Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, and Hazelnut. 

Based on our spring collection, these colors are absolutely spot on - what do you think?

or 

To add these springs colors to your wardrobe!

Crochet Yarn Weight Cheat Sheet

All the info you'll ever need in one handy image!

Thanks to the helpful folks over at Craftbits, you'll now know exactly which yarn to buy at the Wool Shop for your project just by looking at one helpful pic!

(We know how distracting it can be once you step in the yarn department - oooooo the colors! Is that new?!?)

Of course, if you're in the store shopping for yarn, we're happy to help!

Shop yarn online now


This great lightweight cowl only takes 2 skeins to knit!

The "Bendy Arrow" is the perfect spring project, that will become the perfect summer accessory.

 

The Bendy Arrow in blue and white sock yarn by reddit user u/herabee

 

Grab the pattern for the asymetric garter shawl over at Ravelry: pattern here

And shop fingering weight yarn in our shop or online: Shop now!


Does your poor kiddo have eczema? Try this!

Lanolin cream won't sting, and will help relieve itching

"Ouch mommy, I don't want to put lotion on! It stings!"

Sounds familiar? The eczema cycle can be fierce - kids (or adults) scratch until they have open wounds, and then can't heal because it hurts to apply lotion. 

There's hope yet! Lanolin cream won't sting or burn, and will begin the healing process while relieving that incessant itch.

Apply lanolin cream gently onto open areas and slather all over the rest of the body.

Do this every day, especially after bathing! It's recommended to apply twice per day.

Shop Lanolin Cream

 

Use lanolin soap in the bath!

Other soaps can harsh, drying chemicals that will only make it worse.

Shop Lanolin Soap


How to Keep Cotton Sweaters Looking Like New

Tips for washing your cotton sweaters

Shop our Cotton Canada Sweaters!

Our Canada 150 sweaters are here, and you guys love them! But how do you keep that gorgeous, bright red looking red for years to come, and how do you keep your great cotton sweater from losing its shape? You're gonna have to wash it correctly.

Hand washing and drying flat is the best way to wash any sweater, hands down! You won't lose color or have a shrunken or stretched sweater on  your hands. 

But if you must wash your sweaters, always use cold water. Always.

Sweaters need to be agitated during washing as little as possible, so you're going to want to run them on the delicate cycle on the shortest length possible, if your washer has a cycle length option.

If you really want to show your sweaters some love, use a mesh laundry bag or zip up pillow case to keep them from rubbing up against your other clothing.

And, there's no getting around this - air dry that sweater. Put it on a towel, don't hang it up, and if you'd like to move things along a little more quickly, dry it near a window, dehumidifier, or fan.

That sweater makes you so nice and cozy, doesn't it deserve to be treated right?

Shop our Eucalan detergent for delicates - it's not just for wool!


Easy Roving Projects with Applique Molds

How to make flower or butterfly roving appliques

Washable, easy, quick, and so adorable! 

real wool shop - butterfly felting

 What you'll need:

How to make roving appliques Part 1: How to make roving appliques Part 2: How to make roving appliques Part 3:

Shop all felting supplies at the Wool Shop in Carleton Place or online!


Why Lanolin Will Be Your New Favorite Soap

Vitamin E and Aloe Vera make all the difference.

It may look like a run of the mill plain white bar soap, but that's where you'd be wrong - unlike other bar soaps, it's great for dry, delicate skin. Most customers start out using it on their face and switch to using it as their hand washing soap and even their shower soap.

Anyone having trouble with eczema or psoriasis should definitely know about this stuff. 

The palm oil base is paired with aloe vera, vitamin E, and lanolin (of course!) so skin stays supple and won't lose any hydration to harsh chemicals. It doesn't even contain any animal fat - besides the lanolin, it's just plant based goodness!

Buy lanolin soap online or in our shop!

Here are a few shoppers who can't get enough of this hidden gem:


Use tiny looms to use up the ends of your yarn stash

Needle looms are adorable and simple to use

Our beatufiul Borocoo yarns are perfect for needle loom projects, which are simple to make and are, frankly, painfully adorable. Careful,  if you start using a pin loom, you're very likely to get hooked.

Pin loom clutch from the Barroco blog
Here's a closer look at how a pin loom is used:

 

Fortunately for all of us, Berroco has put together a series of blogs on pin loom techniques, and is even hosting a giveaway where a lucky winner will receive a loom, a book, and a skein of Berroco yarn. Here's a link to the contest.

Not sure where to grab yourself a little loom? Not to worry, you can make one out of a picture frame and some nails!

Want to get started? Come on over and grab some worsted weight yarn and check out our stock of gorgeous Borroco yarns!

Shop Berroco Ultra Light Alpaca Yarn

 

Shop all Wool Shop worsted yarn online - there's even more inventory in the shop!


How to Add Essential Oil Scents to Woolah Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are a great way to add your favorite scents to load after load of laundry

Many of you already know the benefits of using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets - they last a very long time and reduce static cling naturally by bouncing around in the dryer, fluffing up clothing as it dries. They even reduce drying time by helping the hot air circulate better in the dryer! 

 

 

 

Buy Ottawa made Woolah Dryer Balls in our downtown shop or online 

But what about that great smell you get from using dryer sheets, you ask? Not to worry - wool dryer balls (like our favorite ones from Woolah) absorb essential oils to infuse your clothing with a light scent, so not only CAN you add smell, but you can add your own custom scent.

Which essential oils should you use? 

essential oils - wool dryer balls - real wool shopThere are a ton of benefits from adding your own essential oil scents to your wash - including, but not limited to, customizing smells for each family member if you're organized enough to sort laundry (I'm personally not, but I've heard that's a thing.)

The first step is choosing your favorite essential oil scent - you can really add any essential oil that strikes your fancy (if you're downtown visiting us, you can pop into the Granery to sniff a bunch of amazing oils during your trip), but you can start with lavendar, lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, or citrus and branch out from there.

 

Make sure you use therapeutic grade essential oils to avoid irritating your skin.

 

How do you add essential oil to the dryer balls?

In order to infuse your dryer balls, just add 5-10 drops of your oils in a mason jar, add your dryer ball, and shake it to coat. Add more oil when your ball starts to lose its scent, or wait for it to lose it entirely and change it up by adding a whole new scent.

 

 

 

 


How do you wash Rayon?

Can it be machine washed?

Purchase this Cashmere Feel V-Neck HERE

Rayon is created from wood pulp treated with chemicals to make it cool and comfortable. We all love how soft and airy it is - but you need to show your rayon a little love by cleaning it properly.

Always follow the cleaning instructions on the label, but in general rayon can't stand up to the same abuse that cotton tees and jeans do. You shouldn't mix delicate rayon with loads of heavy cotton jeans, as they can become entwined and the jeans may rip the rayon at the seams.

Instead, if you MUST machine wash, you can put your delicate items in a mesh bag or wash them alone.  The ideal way, however, is to hand wash with a gentle detergent (like our fave, Eucalan) and line dry.  

Rayon is stronger when it's dry than when it's wet, so make sure you grab the whole garment when pulling it out of the basin after washing rather than by one sleeve or tie.

Grab some gentle, versatile Eucalan here


This Mesmerizing Knit Scarf is SO Much Easier Than it Looks

Learn how to knit this Entrelac Scarf

The pattern for this gorgeous Entrelac scarf is available for free at verypink.com.
You'll need 440 yards of any worsted weight yarn, but "long strand" variegated is best.


[Check out our gorgeous selection of worsted weight yarns here]

Shop Briggs & Little Regal Yarn, shown above


Very Pink has provided a video tutorial as well:



Caring for Your Pets with Eucalan

Eucalan Woolwash isn't just for wool 

(We can totally relate!)

We all know how great Eucalan is for washing delicates, knitwear, quilts, and fancy undies, but did you know it's awesome for puppers, too?

Purchase Eucalan in our online shop

Washing your pets

The natural formula and essential oils make it non-toxic and very gentle on their skin and fur, and the Eucalyptus scent helps repel bugs and ticks! (And you don't want to take your chances with skipping tick prevention this time of year).

Eucalan is awesome for washing cats, too. However, they may disagree on principle - you're on your own there.

Washing Pet Beds

Most pet beds can be washed in the washing machine with Eucalan. If it's too big, it might be a good idea to hike over to your local laundromat and toss it into the oversize machines there.

Washing a pet bed is a bit different than washing clothes, since you're dealing with fur babes which come with, ya know, fur.

Use a lint roller or other sticky thing (toddler jam hands?) to remove as much pet hair from the bed as  you can. Place it in the washing machine upside down so the top gets the most cleaning. Add a capful of Eucalan, let it do its thing, and put it in the tub to air dry. If you live on the edge, you may even be able to tumble dry on a short low-heat cycle, but remember to clean that lint trap afterwords.

 

Don't forget that we carry great lanolin soaps for humans, too!

 


Wool Socks Aren't Just for Winter!

They're the perfect summer sock, too.

Wool socks are awesome for winter, as you well know. The reason they're so warm in the winter is because they regulate temperature, which means they're also great for preventing overheating while you're out adventuring in the wild hot Ontario summers.

summer hiking in wool socks

image via roaditup.com

Wool socks are fantastic for running, hiking, and even backpacking, since they wick moisture away, prevent moisture and, yes, keep your feet nice and cool. Crazy, right?

Shop Wool Socks Online

or

Visit us in the shop for even more brands and designs!

 


5 Reasons to Switch to Lanolin Skin Cream

We love this sheep product, and so should you!

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat - lanolin is a yellow oily secretion from the sheep's sebacious gland. It's often called sheep oil or sheep wax, and despite how gross that sounds, it's downright magical when used in cosmetic products or creams like our lanolin skin cream

 

Lanolin is collected from wool once it's been sheared

Besides being a 100% natural product, lanolin is also collected from wool that's already being gathered to make yarn, clothing, and other wool products.

Lanolin skin cream provides a protective barrier

Lanolin is an oil, which means that not only does it make skin super soft, it also protects it from dirt and grime when applied before working outside or in the shop.

Lanolin has been used since the REALLY old days

There are references to lanolin being used as a protective coating and medical emollient in ancient Roman texts. They were definitely on to something! 

It will "capture moisture" after you bathe

It prevents dirt from coming in throughout the day, which means it can also seal moisture in. Make sure you apply your lanolin cream right after the shower or bath to help seal in the hydration you just gave your skin.

It's especially useful to those who are diabetic, pregnant, or recovering from surgery

Lanolin softens skin and helps it become stretchier, so it helps to relieve itching on scars right after surgery. It also helps prevent stretch marks on pregnant tummies, and is a fantastic nipple cream when breast feeding to help prevent painful cracking.

Lanolin cream is also great for diabetics, since insulin usage tends to dry out the skin and cause deep cracks in the skin, especially on the feet. We recommend using lanolin skin cream daily on the feet to hold moisture, massaging well while applying to prevent calluses and deep cracks from forming.

We also carry Lanolin Skin Cream with Collagen, which is great for keeping skin looking younger.

Shop Merino Collagen Cream

Shop Lanolin Bar Soap

 


Why Wear Bamboo?

In short: Ethical, Sustainable, and COMFY AS ALL HECK


Shop bamboo leggings now

Yes, we're the Wool Shop, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate a good natural fabric. We take pride in the high quality of our wool and cotton products, and now we've added bamboo to the mix.

But Why Bamboo?

Bamboo is growing using less water than other crops, and just so happens to be the fastest growing woody plant in the world. On top of that, bamboo produce more oxygen and gobble up more harmful CO2 than an area of trees the same size.


Shop our bamboo cardigan now

Which is cool and all, but the real reason is that BAMBOO IS JUST SO COMFY. It really is. The soft, breatheable, velour-like bamboo clothing is something you need to feel if you haven't already.

 

As if that weren't enough, bamboo fabric is also hyperallergenic, so is a recommended fabric for exema sufferers. It wicks away moisture, so our leggings are *true* yoga pants, giving you the option of going to the gym (or not!). Bamboo is even anti fungal and anti bacterial, which means your bamboo garments won't get funky.

Come check out our leggings, which come in a bunch of fun patterns, or 

Shop all bamboo garments

 


The Best Way to Wash and Dry Your Cotton Tees

Let's put this debate to bed!

100% cotton tees - Real Wool Shop

We know all about cotton tees! Come check out our spring selection

Admittedly it's just so easy to toss your cotton tees in the warm wash and it's so much quicker to dry them in the dryer, but if you want your cotton clothing to last longer, you're gonna have to break those lazy laundry habits once and for all.

Line drying is best

100% cotton tees are incredibly susceptible to shrinking, as I'm sure you well know! However, since almost all of that shrinking happens in the dryer, there's a really easy way to avoid it - you gotta line dry.

Drying rapidly causes natural fibers like cotton to scrunch together, which makes the garment shrink. The best way to prevent this is to line dry outside in the summer, and in the winter you can use clothing racks or lay your tee out on a towel until it's dry.

What's the right washing temp?

While it's been a long held belief that washing in warm or hot water cleans more effectively, any temperature besides cold is going to affect your 100% cotton tees over time. Washing in warmer temps causes a loss of dye over time, which is why old tees look faded and washed out.



100% cotton tees - real wool shopSo, in short, wash your tees in cold water and line dry. Many manufacturers also go so far as to recommend washing by hand with mild detergent.Also, notice how I said "most" of the shrinking happens in the dryer? Well, guess where the rest happens? Yep, your warm water wash, which accounts for a tiny amount of shrinking as well.

But, as we all know, soft and breatable 100% natural cotton garmets are 100% worth it!

Check out our great line of spring cotton tees in the shop, or

shop Ontario made Ezze wear online


Why are Lambs a Symbol of Easter?

They're cute, and we love them - but why exactly do we associate them with this holiday?

liam the lamb - real wool shopAt the Real Wool Shop we have a special place in our hearts for lambs - we love lambswool products and have even adopted "Liam the Lamb" for our store mascot. Naturally, lambs are kind of our thing all year long.

 

 

 

But if I asked you which holiday you associate most with lambs, you'd probably say Easter, of course. But why?

Take Liam the Lamb home with you - shop now

Well, there are a few different reasons. In many different religions, lambs symbolize sacrifice and renewal. 

Spring, especially the time around Easter, is a time when many animal births are occurring after a long winter, which may be another reason for our association of baby sheep with this time of year.

Not to mention, lamb is a traditional Easter day meal in many countries around the world.

If you're looking for fabulously soft, high quality lamb stuffies to fill your little ones' Easter baskets, look no further! We have a whole family of lambies to take home.

lamb stuffies - real wool shop

Shop lamb stuffies for Easter in the shop or 

Donate Your Gently Used Bra for a Worthy Cause

Breast cancer survivors in Mexico need your help!

The Real Wool Shop has teamed up with The Cancer de Mama Clinic in La Penita, Mexico to collect new and gently used bras for the next annual clinic.

Cancer de Mama provides support to over 500 Mexican women each year.

We are collecting these items to send to breast cancer survivors in Mexico:

  • Used breast prosthetics (or your knitted knockers)
  • Regular and/or mastectomy bras
  • Summer hats
  • Scarves
  • Wigs

Read more about the Cancer de Mama Clinic here

Join us in helping breast cancer survivors gain comfort and dignity.


How to Refresh Oilskin Coats with Wax Dressing

Preserving your high-performance outerwear

Oilskin is a very unique fabric that's made by weaving 100% cotton yarn into strong, durable canvas, and then treating it with wax and polymers to create an extremely strong barrier against Ontario wind and wetness.

What's more - it's cotton, so it's incredibly breathable.

Check out our range of oilskin products:

Oilskin Settler Jacket Real Wool Shop                

 

Oilskin Deer Jacket Real Wool Shop     

Top left: Oilskin Settler Jacket

Top right: Oilskin Duster

Center: Oilskin Deer Hunter Jacket

We offer a great selection of oilskin coats and hats, but once you get your great new garment, how do you keep it looking and feeling great for years to come?

More wax, of course!

Touch up spots that need a bit of renewal or treat your whole jacket or hat each winter to re-waterproof it.

We recommend using our wax dressing to treat your oilskin outerwear:

Oilskin Reproofing Wax

Buy our 4oz wax dressing tin here

How to apply your wax dressing

Before applying your wax dressing, clean off dust and dirt with cold water and sponge. Don't use hot water, a washing machine, or soap, as this could permanently remove the wax coating and you won't be able to reapply it.

To soften your tin of wax, take off the lid and let the container stand in hot water until the wax softens. This should take around 20 minutes.

Once the wax is soft, work it into your jacket or hat, paying special attention to creases, dry patches, and seams. Keep the wax away from any cloth or corduroy collars, cuffs, jacket lining, or pockets.

You can achieve a smooth and even finish by going over your jacket or hat with a blow dryer after the wax has been applied.


Why use a lambswool duster?

The dusting debate is on - which material is best for grabbing debris?

In our opinion, lambswool dusters are king. They last for years, and are soft enough to handle shelves full of the most delicate curios, and grab enough dust that you can clean most things in one pass.

No really, but why?

If you want the sciency answer, you're going to have to know a little bit about lanolin. Lanolin is wool's secret ingredient - it's in nearly every wool product (unless it's been removed to make it hypoallergenic to those sensitive to it). It can do an impressive amount of things from moisturizing skin to  preventing rust, and in the case of dusters, it makes a great dirt magnet. 

The lanolin in lambswool dusters acts pulls in and holds on to dust particles so that you don't need to use additional chemical cleaners to clean dusty surfaces.

How to clean your lambswool duster

In order to clean your duster, just clean in mild detergent, allow to air dry, and spin the handle between your palms to fluff the duster up once more. 


Why Soft-Soled Shoes are Best for Baby

Give those tootsies some room to grow!

Baby shoes are so cute - especially when they're mini versions of your favorite pairs! But recent studies show that baby's feet aren't the same as adults', and that while they're learning to walk (and even after), it's best not to confine those little toesies to traditional hard-soled shoes. 

 

Find our Laurentian Chief mocassins in the shop

As baby's feet are developing, it's best to let them form on their own without confining them to rigid sneakers or sandals. As podiatrist Dr. Jane Anderson explains, "you want them either barefoot or in the most flexible shoe possible so their muscles can develop properly...flexibility is the most important issue as they are developing their arch." (source)

Dr. Anderson also points out that rigid soled shoes can be tough for new walkers, since they add more weight to each step. 

So what's a Canadian baby to do while toddling around cold, hard floors? We have a few ideas!

Our wonderfully warm and flexible Canadian made moccasins and wool Padraig Cottage slippers are heirloom-quality shoes that are safe and comfy for new walkers.

Shop Padraig Cottage Slippers

 

Shop Children's Suede Moccasins


What's a "Medical" Sheepskin?

Sheepskin with a purpose

We sell several types of sheepskin, from super baby soft lambswool to uniquely coloured long hair sheepskin. Sheepskin is warm in winter and cool in summer, and is great for the car, relaxing by the fire, or even keeping comfortable while cruising on your bike. 

 

While all sheepskin are comfy and luxurious, there's one that also has a very practical use for hospitals, hospice, and those who are bedridden at home. "Medical" grade sheepskin have a smaller pile, but are more dense and can withstand more frequent washings.

For those confined to a stationary position, medical grade sheepskin provides soft and firm support, and helps prevent bedsores because of the air that's allowed to flow through the fibres.

Whether you have a need for this special type of sheepskin or just want a versatile skin to make your home more cozy, come in and feel a medical sheepskin for yourself.

 


Field to Fashion: Ontario's Fibre Community

A short film documenting the growing efforts of our very own world class wool producers

The Ontario wool scene is still what you might call a "grassroots" movement (pun heavily intended), but these are exciting times - our industry is poised to burst!

Ontario's impressive but underappreciated wool scene hasn't yet reached its full potential, but as folks become more interested in buying local and staying informed about what they're wearing and where it comes from, locally made wool clothing is expected to become a popular favourite.

In this great little video, we hear from people involved in every part of production from the farmer to the fashion designer:

The Real Wool Shop is proud to feature a huge array of local textiles - come in and see what's new for Spring!

Shop many of our most popular Canadian made wool products online


The Benefits of Alpaca Fleece

The Up-and-Comer in the Wool World

This luxurious natural fibre is similar to sheep's wool in that it makes fabulously rich yarn, clothing, and blankets, but it has the added benefit of being warmer, softer, and it doesn't contain the lanolin that some people are allergic to.

Interestingly, there are two types of wool growing Alpaca - Huacaya, which grows fluffy, crimped fleece that's great for spinning into yarn, and Suri, which is great for woven clothing and blankets.

At the Real Wool Shop we carry a variety of beautiful Alpaca products from leggings and thigh-highs to shawls and blankets.

Shop our Alpaca products online or visit us in the store!


3 Reasons to Wear 100% Cotton Pajamas

The Best Choice for Spring & Summer Sleepwear

You've heard the statistic - 33% of our lives are spent sleeping, which should be enough motivation to make sure you have a few pairs of great jammies. But what about all of that luxurious lounging time spent on the couch before bed or taking in your first cup of coffee in the morning? That'll kick the pajama-clad part of your day up significantly, especially on the weekend. While PJ's may seem like a good place to save a few bucks, why miss such an important opportunity to treat yourself?

As we come into the warmer weather season, we're loving the cotton Victorian sleepwear now in stock at the Wool Shop. The traditional Victorian styles are so comfy and romantic!

While we recommend our Victorian jammies specifically, we also just love 100% cotton in general, and here's why:

1. Cotton is Lightweight and Soft

It's so much easier to relax in something light and soft, especially in the warmer months!

2. Cotton is breatheable

Air circulation promotes deeper, better sleep. Since it doesn't hold heat in, it's great for warmer months and those who love getting cozy with blankets.

3. Cotton doesn't irritate skin

All natural cotton tends to be the least irritating to sensitive skin.

Check out our variety of great Victorian Trading Co. 100% cotton nighties, pajamas, and housecoats that come sleeveless or with sleeves in delicate prints, solids, or dotted designs.

Shop our sleepwear now or stop by the shop to see how you could be lounging and sleeping better!


Why is Ontario Clothing Brand Ezze Wear So Easy to Wear?



Made for Ontario summers

ezze wear wool shop

Even if it's not summer yet, we always know it must be coming soon (SO SOON!) when we get our new Ezze Wear styles in the Wool Shop. Since this is one of our most popular clothing brands, chances are you may have heard of it, but if you haven't (or if you have), here are a few facts you may not have known about one of our favourite clothing companies:

It's Designed AND MADE in Ontario

Ezze Wear has been an Ontario company based in Woodbridge since it first started in 1991. We'd love their flowy and stylish garments even if they weren't local, but we're so glad they are!

Ezze Wear clothing is "perma shrunk"

Even though most styles are 100% cotton, your Ezze Wear garment won't shrink, stretch or lose its shape. 

Ezze Wear started with just one style in one size in 1991

They now have more than 100 items in 20 gorgeous colours - pretty impressive!

We sell Ezze Wear online and in our Carleton Place shop - check this year's new styles and colours.


Eight Ways to Wear a Caplet

Our most versatile spring accessory

Caplet colors at the Wool Shop

It's no wonder the caplet is one of our best selling items - there are just so many great ways to wear it! This layering piece is gauzy, stretchy, soft, and extremely unique. Not to mention, this year's colour's are gorgeous.

Full caplet top

The asymmetrical cut of the hem is flattering to any waistline, and the pop of colour is a great way to spice up your neutral staples.

Wear as a skirt

What a great layering piece to wear over our super soft bamboo leggings!

 

As a full head scarf

Pull over your head as a light hood to keep hair in place and block the wind on those blustery spring days.

As a toque

Forget your toque? No problem! Wrap it around your head to keep warm, and tie the lose end in the back or on the side for a cute twist.

Off the shoulder sleeve

An asymmetrical batwing sleeve layer would be a great piece to pair with a tank top or long sleeve tee, plus a large statement necklace.

As a scarf

Loop the end through to make a cute knot, or use as an infinity scarf. This lends a great pop of colour!

Over the shoulder tank layer

Layer with a long tank and leggings to make this great asymmetrical style.

As a cowl

A slouchy cowl is flattering to any body type. Throw on over tees or tanks with leggings to mix it up.

Grab your own caplet online here or stop by the wool shop!