Twigs & Wool

handcrafted knitwear made in Baltimore

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains...
— Walt Whitman
Image courtesy of    Peter Togel

Image courtesy of Peter Togel

Did you know…

T&W only uses biodegradable, organic materials—from happy sheep like these babes to the left—in all of our knits?

It’s true: every piece of knitwear we produce is made with 100% organic merino (unless otherwise specified on a product listing) that we purchase from a small mill in New England. As if cozy merino isn’t enough, the wool is also organically dyed right here, in the USA.

For our tags, we have always used a veteran-owned business based in Maryland. Our guy laser-engraves each of our walnut or cherry wooden tags in small batches. Since they’re made of real wood, each one has its own grain pattern, making each tag unique.

We do not believe that fashion exists to adorn our bodies for a season, only to be discarded for another new, new item the next.

We make knitwear that will last a long time, just not for all time.

There are a lot of benefits to using merino wool for knitwear. Here are some of our faves:

  • Biodegradability - wool is made of keratin, like human hair, that can almost completely degrade in soil/compost in about six months depending on the moisture, bacteria, and enzymes present

  • Durability - the average lifespan of a wool garment is between 2 and 10 years, depending on use, which is far longer than the 2-3 year span expected of cotton and synthetic garments, wool is meant to be reused

  • Odor Control / Moisture Wicking - wool can absorb up to 35% of its weight in moisture to alleviate sweaty-Betty feels, limit how smelly you actually get, and these properties allow wool to be freshened up by airing the garment out (thus, saving energy on laundering)

  • Flame Resistant - wool needs more oxygen than we have in the air to burn, it is self-extinguishing and will not melt/stick to skin when it burns

  • NOT an Allergen - allergens cause an allergic reaction (duh), which wool is not, but merino specifically eliminates this itch-factor because the fineness of the fiber is so small (under 30 microns) that the material feels soft to the touch

If you’d like to learn more, especially before emailing us about your wool “allergy",” we encourage you to review the International Wool Textile Organisation’s (IWTO) website. They have a lot of information that helps shed some light on wool, its benefits, and the fiber industry.