We cooperate with one of the few remaining spinning mills in Denmark. Hjelholt wool mill is located in the beautiful island Funen, close to the sea and protected nature. Since 1878 the Hjelholt family has produced wool from their own local sheep and today the mill is run by the 4th generation still valuing the treasure of tradition and handicraft. Being an organic farm, the sheep are only fed organic and natural food. Every year around Easter new baby sheep arrive in the family and the sheep walk freely in the lush nature surrounding the mill. Twice a year it is time for shedding the wool and at Hjelholt this is done by professional sheep shearers from Wales. It only takes a few minutes to shed a sheep and it is done with care and respect so that the sheep do not suffer in any way.
The raw wool is sent to England for washing and dying -if dying is needed. We mostly use the natural colours of the wool such as Off-white, Sand and Grey. Since there are no professional washing facilities in Denmark this part of the process takes place in England. Like Denmark, England also has a long and rich tradition of making local wool and knitwear.
When the raw wool has been washed, it is sent back to Hjelholt in Denmark, where the spinning takes place. Before the wool is ready to be spun, it is mixed with soft merino wool from the Falklands Islands. As part of the United Kingdom of England, the Falksland Islands is known for its high standards of animal welfare and the sheep walk freely all year round in the beautiful and green surroundings. As the cruel procedure of mulesing is not performed in the Falkland Islands, the sheep are of course certified mulesing-free. As with the wool from Denmark, the raw wool is washed in England before it ends up at Hjelholt in Denmark. With this particular blend of wool we create a durable yarn that is easy to knit and soft to wear.
The wool is spun on a Large old spinning machine from the 1940’s. Handcraft is needed to run the machines and only few people in Denmark can master this work of art. Some yarns become hangers for hand knitting and other is put on cones, -ready for the knitting machines in Herning.
Our knitwear is knitted and stitched in the old textile area in Herning, in the middle of Jutland. We cooperate with one of the few remaining knitting factories, Ok baby Strik, which is run by the 2. generation of the family who started the factory in the 1960’s making baby knitwear. Today there isn’t much knitwear for babies left, but the name remains together with the traditions and the craftmanship. The knitwear is knitted piece by piece and since there is no possibility of knitting the pieces together in Denmark, the knitwear is carefully stitched together in a small sewing room at the knitting factory.
We feel privileged to make knitwear in Denmark using local wool. For us, it makes sense in so many ways; we support local handicraft and traditions, we support a transparent supply chain and most important, we support animal welfare.