We all have that friend who’s always cold, even when it’s seemingly warm to the rest of us, she’s shivering and moaning about it. That’s me, I’m her.
I’ve always found it difficult to keep warm through winter and as I got older (and wiser) I realised that no matter how much I layered, and looked like the abominable snowman. I was still cold, so I bought my first 100% wool jersey. Changed my life, looked normal, wore it to death, still have it.
Yes wool is more expensive than acrylic and acrylic/wool mixes, but it’s so worth it!
Here are some facts on the fibre and why we love it:
Natural and renewable. Since wool is essentially just the regrown hair of an animal, it is an entirely sustainable resource that requires no harm to animal or plant life. Unlike a lot of other man-made fibers, most wool is also produced organically without the use of any refinement or treatment chemicals along the way.
It is sunsafe and has naturally high UV protection.
It’s biodegradable ! When disposed of, natural wool fibre takes only a few years to decompose, and with a high nitrogen content, wool can even act as a fertilizer.
It’s breathable, wools natural structure allows it to absorb and release water vapour into the atmosphere,. Wool acclimatises to its surroundings keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Wool is non allergenic , it is not known to cause allergy and does not promote the growth of bacteria. With microscopic scales, wool fibres can trap dust in the top layers until vacuumed away.
Durable and elastic , wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking and still have the power to recover and return to its natural shape. For context, the same cotton fiber can only be bent about 3,000 times before the same will happen quality wool garments look good for longer, they last!
All our mohair and merino wool was ethically sourced in South Africa to make these beautiful knitwear pieces.
Featured image sourced from: Mohair South Africa