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April 10, 2021 3 min read 0 Comments
It feels like -20C out! What a great day to knit wool socks for my kids. They can't wait to wear them!
1. Wool does not absorb moisture.
Instead it ‘wicks’ away sweat and water away from your skin. Also since wool does not absorb the water they will dry faster than cotton and be more resistant to bacteria and bad smells.
If your feet sweat alot, then you may think about switching to wool socks.
2. Wool socks provide more padding.
Having a good layer of padding on your feet is not just important for the bottom of your feet where you are stepping, its also just as important around your ankle’s and base of your foot.
One of the most important factors to keeping your feet warm in the winter is blood circulation. So if you tie your boots very tight it can sometimes cut off circulation to your feet and cause them to be much colder than your core body temperature.
Cotton socks provide almost no thickness and provide little buffer between your skin and your boot. However wool socks are much thicker and give more space. So even if you tie you shoes tight there is more room for blood circulation.
3. Wool lasts longer and is more durable
At my most active times I found myself going through store brand cotton socks as if they were made from paper towels, It felt like I was melting them right off my feet. Even though I was spending less money for a pack of 12 cheap cotton socks I had to buy new ones every other month.
Finally after switching to wool socks, I can tell the that the extra money spent goes into making a quality product. The material feels better, is more comfortable, and feels much more durable. Spending a little more money up front may actually save me money over the long term because I won’t be constantly replacing them.
Warning: do not toss your wool socks in the dryer, they will shrink.
Wool can easily lose its shape and become less defined if washed without care, and worst of all, it can shrink.
Tips for washing wool:
If a wool item shrinks, wet thoroughly with cool water and stretch to former size. It helps to add hair relaxant to water, and rinse. Lay flat to dry.
Hot water or a hot dryer will shrink wool. Even warm is too hot.
Friction will felt wool. (Meaning it will shrink and turn from a soft, woven, textured quality to a smoother,
harder material: felt.) Heat and soap will increase the amount of felting.
In addition to ruining your wool garment, running wool items through the wash cycle of your machine can also damage the machine as wool fuzz can detach and felt up forming hard clumps inside the pump.
Thanks to : http://recessionreadyamerica.com/2010/01/why-wool-socks-are-better-than-cotton-socks/ for the information above.
'Till next time!
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