Wool is really a wonder fiber. You can wear wool to warm up in cool weather and cool off in warm weather. . . WHAT?!
The natural crimp in wool means more dead air is trapped in wool than in any other fiber and that dead air is a fabulous insulator protecting our almost hairless bodies from the cold.
Wool, like down, can even keep us warm when wet because it does such a good job of wicking moisture away from the skin.
Fun Fact: “Merino fibers and fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their dry weight before feeling wet. Most synthetics feel wet after they absorb less than 7%”
Now, you are thinking, “Wool does all that? How would it also keep me cooler on a warm day? Wool stores moisture within the structure of the fiber. As your body warms up, the moisture stored within the fiber will begin to evaporate, cooling the air between your skin and the fabric. The warmer you get the more evaporation takes place and the larger the cooling effect. AND you don’t get stinky wearing it because it doesn’t hold the moisture that bacteria thrive in.
Sooooo. . . aren’t you excited to come learn to shear, scour, dye, spin, knit, crochet, weave and felt it on the farm this Saturday? Get ambitious. . . anyone can become a maker and everyone looks good in wool!
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