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Caplets-Eight Ways to Wear our Caplet!!

Caplets are for all seasons!! Throw one over a turtleneck, dress, top or wear it as an accessory!! A must have item in your wardrobe:)

Lanolin Skin Cream-5 Reasons why to Switch!

Try our Merino/Lanolin Skin Cream. Its amazing!!

Eucalan wash for dedicates and caring for your Pets!!

Eucalan is used for many things beside your dedicates, wool blankets, and sheepskins. Try it to wash your pets!!

Why Wear Wool in the Summer?

Wool is worn all Seasons!!

Ezzewear Cotton Fashions made in Ontario!!

Ezzewear Spring and Summer Fashions 2020 coming soon the The Real Wool Shop!!

The Real Wool Shop has partnered with CF Appreciation

10% off Discount for all Canadian Armed Service Members!

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


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.

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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

 

 


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


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!

 


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


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. 


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.

 


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!


Googles Virtual Tour of the Real Wool Shop

We are more than just wool.

Come and see the store for yourself without even leaving your chair!
Check out the men's and ladies fashions, yarns and knitting supplies. Of course the fashions are seasonal and change every few months.
See our stock of sheepskin slippers in many styles and colours to suit everyone's needs.

 


New Wool Care App

New Wool Care App for Apple and Android devices

wool care app  

THE WOOLMARK COMPANY RELEASES ITS WOOL CARE GUIDE APP, SPREADING THE MESSAGE THAT CARING FOR WOOL IS EASY

The Woolmark Company is pleased to announce its rollout of a Wool Care Guide app, placing information on apparel care at the tip of your fingers.

Available for all Apple and android devices, the Wool Care Guide app can be downloaded free-of-charge via the Apple App Store or Google Play stores.

The Wool Care Guide app easily explains to consumers what different logos mean which they may find on their wool products, and details the steps to make caring for your wool apparel easy. You can wash, dry and iron your wool clothing at home with the confidence that Woolmark Apparel Care products are tested and approved for their performance in caring for wool.

The app defines the four main categories of apparel care:

Care Labels: This will help you understand your care labels, such as whether your wool item is safe for machine wash or hand wash only. Using approved GINETEX care symbols, washing wool has never been easier.

Equipment: The Woolmark Company tests and approves the wool cycles on washing machines, tumble driers and irons. Appliances with the Woolmark Apparel Care logo have been tested on their ability to wash wool effectively. Look for the same logo on Woolmark-approved detergents, which are suitable for laundering your wool textiles.

Care Tips: Irrespective of the laundering method, it is recommended that wool garments are turned inside out prior to laundering; this will prolong the 'as new' surface appearance of the garment. Other tips such as how to avoid colour bleeding are also clearly outlined in the Wool Care Guide app.

Stain Removal: The app also provides effective measures of stain removal for the treatment of everyday stains such as coffee, wine and grease. All safety precautions recommended by chemical suppliers should be followed.

The Woolmark Apparel Care program seeks to provide quality laundering technology to consumers to provide the very best care options for wool garments. The program allows for the Woolmark Apparel Care symbol to be licensed for use on detergents, washing machines, tumble driers, irons, fabric softeners and bleaches for domestic use. All products are tested by independent laboratories, authorised to carry out Woolmark testing. Detergents were first licensed with the Woolmark symbol in 1969, and the symbol has been applied to washing machines since 1968.

"The Wool Care Guide app is part of the Woolmark Apparel Care program's overall strategy to provide consumers with educational and functional tools for laundering their wool apparel with ease," explains The Woolmark Company's Chief Strategy and Marketing officer Rob Langtry

"These initiatives address a mis-perception among some consumers that wool garments are more difficult to care for than garments made from other fibres, yet we address these misconceptions through global marketing, education and R&D, spreading the message that wool is easy to care for."

 

Use the app to care for your new wool fashions or yarn