Best Baby Wool for Knitters
Here's the Merino Sheep, Grower of the Best Wool for Knitting
Dale Baby Ull
My favorite yarn for special baby items that are to be soft and warm is Dale of Norway's Baby Ull (Ull is Norwegian for wool, of course.) Those who think wool is too harsh and scratchy for babies have never touched real, high-quality, merino wool. This baby wool in fingering weight (same as sock weight) is soft as a feather, providing lightweight, breathable warmth for babies.
Another objection to wool is that it is hard to care for and will shrink. Meet superwash wool, dear knitters! Knit your booties, hats, and sweaters to the correct size for your little one and wash/dry without fear. This yarn is durable, despite its soft hand. I have used it with my own children (now grown) and put items through many washings and dryings.
I appreciate the way Dale provides so many wonderful colors of Baby Ull. In addition to the traditional "baby" pastels, we can select bright blue, shocking pink, grass green, and other brights. Because of the broad color selection, I can recommend Baby Ull to sock knitters and to those who want to make Fair Isle sweaters at a fine gauge.
Wool is a renewable resource. The merino sheep shown in the photograph below will gladly grow a large crop of wool again after every shearing! I like to think of my babies being as warm as a lamb when wearing wool sweaters, hats, and socks.
Dale is a company with a long history among knitters worldwide. They have a reputation to uphold, so you can count on a quality product when you buy any of their yarn (garn in Norwegian.)