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Knitting has been around for far longer than most people realise. There are examples of knitted socks dating back as far as the 3rd century, and toe socks have been found in both ancient Rome and Egypt. It took many hundreds of years for knitting to spread to the rest of the world, and for centuries, it was a very specialist talent. Gradually, that changed and by the late 1800s, knitting was a skill many people used to produce clothes for their family.
The Development of Modern Fashion Wool
However, most of the garments that were knitted were very plain and utilitarian. It was not until after the Second World War that they changed. At that stage, people wanted brighter colours and a better choice of textures and fibres. Fortunately, many wool manufactures responded to this demand, and modern fashion knitting yarns began to be developed and made available to the public.
At first, fashion yarn looked very similar to traditional yarn. The main difference was the use of manmade fibres, which were easier to work with, more hardwearing and easier to wash.
However, when new machinery and production techniques when developed things changed radically. It made it possible to produce fashion yarn in a huge range of textures and finishes.
Using modern fashion wool, you can knit some amazing items, which are far more individual than anything you will find in the shops. Modern fashion knitting yarns are made from all kinds of fibres including, silk, acrylic, Angora, cotton, Merino wool, Nylon, Polyamide, Polyester, Llama and Alpaca.
At Black Sheep Wools, we sell a great selection of fashion wool, at great prices. Browse through our fashion yarn collection, and you are bound to find what you are looking for. The fact we constantly update our collection means there is always something new and interesting to buy.