Brrrrrrrrrr! It’s cold and wet out there and for us Northern hemisphere folk it’s the time of year when we start to pull out our winter woollies. Nothing keeps you naturally warmer than wool.
When I learned about the qualities of wool in one of my fiber arts classes I fell in love with this amazing fiber. The relationship between humans and sheep began thousands of years ago when wool left by wild sheep was plucked off of branches and spun into fiber. As sheep became domesticated wool was plucked out by hand and combs until shears were invented during the Iron age around 1400 BC. This wondrous fiber has been with us ever since. Wool provides warmth by trapping air in tiny overlapping scales or shingles. These scales are also what makes it possible to spin and felt because they enable the fibers to grab onto each other. Incredibly, wool can carry up to a third of it’s weight in water and still be warm. As far as I know there is no other fiber that does this. A less processed wool, where some of the lanolin has been left on the fibers, will be naturally water resistant too. Shepherds would immerse their cloaks in wool so that the fibers would swell and provide resistance against the wind.
Take a look at the gorgeous natural colors in this tailspun yarn from KnoxFarmFiber.
Tailspun yarn spun together with random fibers of wool, mohair and llama.
I know that there are some wonderful warm woollies in the shops of EcoEtsy team members because I have my eye on a few of them. I look forward to receiving your nominations. You can do a tag search on Etsy for â€˜teamecoetsy’ to find an item or items you’d like to nominate and please send your nominations via Etsy convo to Morgen at Kootsac. The deadline is 2PM EST on Wednesday.
Winners will be chosen based on:
1. Picture Quality
2. Appropriateness to the Theme
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