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Types of Wool FibersMost wool socks are a mix of multiple fibers, blending luxury wool with sturdy fiber to increase their durability and comfort. Each kind of wool fiber has its own wonderful benefits to share with you!
AlpacaTechnically called “fleece”, alpaca wool socks and styles are often technical socks, utilising the unique moisture wicking and thermal properties of alpaca fiber. Strong and lightweight, alpaca keeps you warm even when it is wet, which is why Dahlgren uses alpaca fiber in their hiking socks and running socks. Alpaca socks are also superb at keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
AngoraThe soft and silky, unique hollow fibers in angora wool socks and styles make them luxuriously cozy and warm. The thermal wool of angora is ideal for folks who suffer from arthritis or are sensitive to the cold. Angora fiber can only be produced by Angora rabbits (Angora goats produce mohair) and grooming their fur is a necessary part of their health care.
We’re pleased to offer amazing angora wool styles, including wool over the knee socks, from Orkney Angora, who personally check in to oversee the animals’ welfare to make sure they can provide cruelty-free socks and warmers.
CashmereAlso not technically a wool, but included in the most high end wool socks, Cashmere is obtained from cashmere goats and is fine in texture, strong and soft. Our cashmere wool socks are perfect blends of wool with cashmere, designed to keep you warm without overheating.
MerinoA specific kind of sheep wool, prized for its combination of sturdiness and softness, merino wool socks range from technical socks and athletic socks to fine dress socks. We carry several brands that utilise merino to the max!
- B.Ella utilises the fine quality and reliable strength of merino wool to create made in the USA styles that keep you warm and stylish.
- Sockwell has their own unique blend of merino wool and bamboo rayon that is durable, environmentally friendly and utilises the thermoregulation properties of both wool and bamboo! They support American sheep farmers, and their wool is sheared from free-grazing Rambouillet merino sheep.
- Dahlgren blends alpaca fleece and merino wool in their technical socks to create a sturdy wool blend that wicks away moisture and keeps you comfortable.
Other Wool BlendsWool is often blended with acrylic fiber or nylon fiber, as a way to create affordable wool socks that also offer some of the sturdier, longer lasting properties of synthetic fiber. Wool can even be blended with cotton, bamboo or silk to create a wonderful wool blend that has just the properties and style you are looking for. You can always email us so we can help you find the best wool sock for you!
Washing wool socksTo get the most life out of a wool sock, you need to wash it with care! Be sure to read the product’s label to learn the best way to wash them. Most of the wool socks and styles we carry recommend machine washing cold on the gentle cycle and lying flat to dry. Though easy to care for wool socks are wonderful, for a longer life and less pilling, hand washing your wool is the best option.
We have more information about hand washing socks in our Sock Journal post about sock care, but the steps are very simple:
- Using a detergent or hosiery wash that doesn’t create a lot of bubbles and cool water. Lather and heat plus friction is what causes wool socks to felt.
- Wash the wool sock with as little rubbing or friction as possible.
- Rinse until the water is clear.
- Don’t wring the excess water out of your socks! Instead, press the water out by laying the socks flat on a towel and rolling it up tightly.
- Unroll them and move the socks to a fresh, dry towel, gently pressing them back into their proper shape.
- Leave them in a warm, dry place and remember to turn them over once they start getting dry, so they dry evenly.
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