My search for a wooly layer that needn't look perpetually sporty brought me to Duckworth. It can be hard to find a 100% wool piece of clothing, so this top (pictured) is ticking a lot of boxes for me. The merino wool comes from sheep on the Helle Ranch in Dillon, Montana (pictured above). The spinning, knitting + dying happens in the Carolinas and the sewing is done in the USA...making this top completely American grown + made. They call this carefully orchestrated connection "sheep to shelf".
Wool socks are my footwear of choice during these cold months. There is nothing to kick off before pulling my feet up under a cozy blanket...or before sliding into some waterproof wellies. Wool socks with a more heavy duty sole keep my feet as warm as slippers. Darn Tough makes wool (blend) socks in Vermont + guarantees them for life! What a long-lasting connection this fosters between the hands that make these socks + the feet that wear them.
Of course another great way to keep cozy is to knit a woolen layer or two. It can be a lovely adventure searching for local wool, to meet the farmer/spinner/dyer + to hear the stories the materials hold. Connection grows deeper with each slow rhythmic stitch.
Keep warm + connected, friends...wooly + otherwise!
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