Do you really know everything is to know about wool of those cute little sheep that you see in the country pastures? Certain species of sheep, as well as being absolutely adorable, offer us their fleece year after year. Allow me to help you to discover this rich and renewable resource!
1-Good ratio weight/insulation factor. Wool insulates from the cold while remaining lightweight.
2-It evacuates transpiration wich in turn helps you avoid the sensation of cold that comes from transpiration coming into contact with the skin.
3-Wool has a calming effect because it carries very little static electric charge, it is a great insulator and it helps regulate temperature, keeping it constant. These three qualities provide a particularly comfortable and pleasant feel.
4-Wool insulates from the cold even when it is wet.
5-Because wool is naturally anti-bacterial, unpleasant odors will not develop easily.
6-Wool is a natural fiber.
7-It captures, within its fibers, the air that has been warmed by your body wich makes it a fiber of choice when temperatures ar cold, damp or rainy.
8-Wool demands less care than synthetic fibers or cotton which translates into a saving of water and energy.
9-Wool keeps its shape and has a longer lifetime than synthetic products.
10-Damp cold affects us far more than dry cold. Thanks to its deep, curly structure, wool can absorb humidity deep within its fiber and insulate us perfectly from the cold.
11-Wool is 100% biodegradable. When it is no longer useful to man or to beast, it can be composted and will fertilise the soil.
12-Wool allows the skin to breath naturally.
13-It dos not retain dust and hence stays relatively clean.
14-Wool is renewable. Each year after shearing, the sheep’s wool grows back. Its production demands very little energy. Sheep are raised in open fields!
15-It is a good thermic regulator. It warms up when it is cold and keeps us cool in the heat.
16-Wool is less flammable than clothing made with other materials.
17-Wool can absorb up to 35% of its weight in water while remaining dry to the feel.
18-Buying wool creations is being eco-responsible.
19-Let’s not forget that wool clothed people throughout the ages. Its worth has been tried and proven!
Now all that you have to do is live the wool experience for yourself. You will fall in love with your knitted creation forever!
Myriam Prescott, for Mailles.ca