DROPS - Wool for all purposes
Wool is not just wool, like a sheep is not just a sheep. The wool is available in all kinds of qualities and comes in many different prices. You can buy plain wool for your potholders next time, you are in the supermarket, but you can also all of a suddent become really poor when you shop the finest types of wool such as Cashmere and Merino. The many different types of wool are produced in all parts of the world where there are sheeps. The wool from the world sheeps, has been used by humans for the last many thousands of years.
The many types of wool lays the foundation for as many ways on how to use the wool - and probably many more. Wool is the foundation stone of all human clothing, it's simply impossible to ignore it. It is available from thick, compact layers in coats and jackets to lightweight layers on the catwalks worldwide. What the many types of wool all have in common is that when you knit with wool, you can chose where your clothes is coming from, and fully decide how it should look.
As we mentioned before, Wool comes from all over the world, but some types of wool are more legendary than others, and some of these also end up creating identity and knowledge of these regions-only because of their wool.
This applies for the wool in Greenland for example - the so-called Musk Wool As the name itself suggests, this type of wool comes from the Greenlandic Musk Ox and not from sheeps, like many other types of wool do. It is characterized by being one of the softest forms of wool, you can find in the world.
This is a reputation the musk wool shares with cashmere. Cashmere comes from the cashmere region, located between India and Pakistan. Here the pashmina goats are used to extract cashmere. Everyone who has touched a pashmina scarf knows how soft it is and cashmere is even softer than that. The good news is that if you're skilled enough to knit, you can import this precious yarn yourself and make your own creations.
However, If you're a beginner when it comes to knitting, it's probably a good idea to start with some clews that are less fancy and a bit more robust against wear and tingling knitting needles in the wrong places. You will still be able to buy some luxurious clews that are both soft and not too delicate. That could for example be from the delicious wool of the sheep breed merino.
Knit is for everyone
No matter what one's ambition level is, or what the reason to start knitting is, there's wool that's suitable for all purposes. Whether it's about giving a nice and unique gift to someone who is close to you or knitting is simply a comfortable way of relaxing while sitting in a bus on your way home from work.
Also it doesn't matter how early or late you start on your knitting journey. Everyone can join in, it's just about choosing the right projects and the right wool.