I Love Wool

My sock drawer.

Wool is my favorite fiber. I wear it year round, even in summer. I tossed all my commercial cotton blend socks years ago and began wearing my hand-knit wool/nylon blend socks exclusively. In the past several years I’ve found it necessary to wear compression stockings sometimes for weeks on end when my left ankle and my right foot bother me but I prefer my wool socks.

Wool is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Cotton blend socks keep moisture next to your skin and wool wicks the moisture away from your skin. I don’t have a problem with foot odor when wearing wool blend socks. So far all of my hand-knit socks are knitted with commercial yarn but I have some hand-spun sock yarn in my stash that I will use later when I’ve finished the socks I’m currently working on.

Two skeins of 3-ply fingering yarn. The skein on the left is a wool/nylon blend. The skein on the right doesn’t have nylon but it does have silk so it would wear well as socks.

Superfine Merino/Silk fiber
The above fiber spun into a 2-ply yarn. I have a pound of it to play with for a shawl.

It’s Friday so lets remember our deployed military men and women…

RED Friday! Remember Everyone Deployed!

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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