I’ve a funny feeling that 2013 is going to be the year of the wool. In this rainy climate there are a lot of things that can be said for wool, but one of the most important is that it can hold 35% of its weight in water before it feels wet. In fact not until wool is saturated with 60% of its own weight will it feel wet to the touch. You see, wool fibres draw moisture away from the skin helping to keep the body warm. That’s why we sheep manage to keep our heads above water out there in the wind and the rain while you are all tucked up inside with your sheepskin rugs and your woolly slippers. Personally I’m all for raising sheep for fleece rather than food as I would rather become a lambswool jumper than a piece of roast lamb any day! Every year a new fleece grows on my back so think how many woolly rugs or jerseys that is compared to one piece of meat.
If you give someone something made of wool it’s like giving them a piece of warmth and love and protection all in one go. So how about trying on a bit of wool this winter and see if it makes a difference. This is my motto for 2013: wear wool today and keep the rain away!