Colour 309 Mistral
Soft wool from southern France, spun voluminously yet still lightweight
In southern France, shepherds have traditionally lead their herds to the lush meadows of the Alps each summer, crossing hundreds of kilometres. This centuries-old tradition of transhumance has been continued with the Merino d'Arles sheep since 1806. These sheep are a cross between the old native breeds and the Merino breed, which Louis XVI was the first to import into France from Spain. Their wool is considered to be one of the softest in Europe, with 21 microns. We obtain it exclusively from certified organic animal farms - from animals that lead a good life.
The wool is spun and dyed for us by small producers in England. These manufactories take into account the special characteristics of each wool type and process it with great care and craftsmanship. The Merino d'Arles wool has one of the strongest crimps. Hence, it is more loosely spun and appears to be puffier. The result is a wonderfully lightweight yarn.
We developed this yarn line in close cooperation with Melanie Berg. Even before she became one of the most successful international pattern designers, she had discovered us. Because she cares that the wool she uses is produced under fair conditions without harming either animals or people. This unites us. We and our producers are GOTS certified. This is the only way we can guarantee that we dye without using dangerous chemicals, under strict residue controls and controlled fair working conditions.
Looking for inspiration on how to turn our yarn into stunning knitwear? You'll find many great ideas in our PDF patterns - written by well-known designers for the Merino d'Arles line. With modern knitting techniques, well explained, ranging from easy to medium level of difficulty.