WHAT IS NEW WOOL?
Most countries calls it 'new wool' except the US. They call it 'virgin wool'. It is just wool that is being spun or woven for the first time and tends to be a wee bit more water repellent as the oils tend to still be present. It tends tobe very warm and dyes easily.
These mittens have be washed in hot water, pre-shrunk, and felted, which makes them thicker and dense and really toasty warm.