Merino wool - Sheep have been part of the fabric of human civilization for more than 10,000 years. Some people feel that the reason for this enduring relationship is because wool is composed of the same protein that makes up the outer layer of human skin and the fiber works in total harmony with your body's own protection mechanisms. At Legacy Lane, we offer various natural shades of merino wool. These include white, oatmeal, brown, grey, charcoal and black. Merino is the finest sheep's wool on the market today. The merino we offer is all superwashed which means it is hypo-allergenic; it adds softness with its 19 micron count; increases the fiber's ability to absorb dye; and also discourages the fiber from felting. When merino is blended with alpaca or llama, even in small ratios, it adds elasticity, durability and memory to the yarn. Laboratory tests have shown that wool fibers resist tearing and can bend back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking. Cotton breaks after 3,200 bends, silk fibers break after 1,800 bends, and rayon fibers break after just 75 bends. Adding wool to your yarns will help them last for years.