I can’t resist the cosy, comforting lure of wool. Nothing compares to the versatility, warmth and classic style of a finely milled blanket.
As a result of my inability to resist its charms, I have managed to collect quite a few wool blankets. More wool blankets than I can actually use, in fact.
So it goes.
Let’s explore the various charms of a fine wool blanket, shall we?
Nothing wears like a wool blanket. You can fold it, scrunch it, stretch it, abuse it and still it won’t tear. It’ll keep you warm and still looks great. Why is that? Wool fibres are stretchy and strong! Wool can be bent 20,000 times before breaking. By comparison, a cotton fibre will break after 3,000 times and silk after just 2,000.
Itch factor aside, wool is an excellent insulator. It keeps heat close to the body by trapping warm air within the fibres.
Wool also keep you “warm when wet”. It retains much of its insulating properties even after a good soaking. Just try that with a cotton/poly blend. I think not! Why do you think all those handsome fishermen wear such heavy wool sweaters?
Wool fibres have a natural water wicking property that prevents moisture from being retained in the fabric.
Dust mites don’t like wool. hallelujah! Unless you’re allergic to wool. Then that sucks.
Wool fibres have a natural water wicking property that prevents moisture from being retained in the fabric. This inhibits mildew.
And just for fun flammability. Just try to torch a wool blanket! You can’t. Wool is naturally flame retardant and will not melt when set alight. Smoulder it may, but burst into a fire ball like some synthetic fabrics it won’t.
And lastly, beauty. Wool is beautiful, natural and classic.
I love you, wool blankets.