Nobody likes having cold feet. When your feet are cold, your entire body will be cold too. Have you ever wondered why that is? The feet have a huge impact on how warm or cold you feel because just like your hands, they have a large surface area and are located at the end of your limbs. And since feet do not have a lot of muscle, they are prone to cooling faster than other parts of the body. Therefore, your feet will need extra help staying warm. By keeping them warm, you get to keep the rest of your body nice and toasty too. That’s why you need trusty pairs of socks to keep you comfortable when exposed to cold weather.
Alpaca socks can provide amazing comfort and warmth for your feet. They’re perfect for a relaxing day at home –imagine being cocooned in a snuggly blanket and your super-soft and warm socks while you’re curled up in your cozy couch with a good book or a warm cup of cocoa in front of your fireplace. Or, you could be out having an adventurous time camping, hiking, or skiing. Whichever way you’re spending your day or night, alpaca socks can provide superior comfort and warmth.
Do Alpaca Socks Shrink?
Alpaca products, including socks, can shrink when improper care is given. Alpaca tends to shrink when exposed to direct heat, hot water, or water of changing temperatures. Friction may also damage alpaca fibers, resulting in felting or the fibers losing its shape.
Alpaca garments and accessories usually shrink during the washing process. Alpaca socks should be washed carefully. Here are some tips for properly washing your alpaca socks:
- Use cool water with a mild soap such as mild shampoo
- Never use chlorine bleach
- Never use a brush
- Soak them in the soapy water for 2-3 minutes then rinse with cold water
- Do not wring or twist the socks. Alpaca is very fragile when wet.
- You can lay them flat on top of a towel to dry or place them in a pillowcase or a laundry bag and left to air dry. Keep them away from direct sunlight.
- Use a mild detergent
- Machine wash in cold
- Do not use the hand wash cycle. Use the wool cycle
- Wash and dry after turning the socks inside out
- Wash dark colors separately
- You may place the socks inside a mesh laundry bag to reduce agitation
- Lay flat to dry
(For stubborn stains, you may take your socks to a professional dry cleaner)
- Make sure the socks are fully dry before storing them
- Place them in closets or drawers where there are lots of air circulation
- Moths are alpaca wool’s greatest enemy. You may place cedar chips and sachets of dried lavender to repel them.
Are Alpaca Socks Thicker Than Wool Socks?
While sheep’s wool is typically thicker than alpaca, it tends to hold 30% of water and contains lanolin (a natural oil that can be an allergen for some people). Alpaca wool, on the other hand, is denser yet lightweight and only absorbs 5% of all water. Many of us would assume that thicker fabrics are best suited for winters, however, with alpaca’s more flexible material, you’ll still be provided with more comfort and warmth.
But alpaca socks are created in varying thicknesses. This means you can wear thinner alpaca socks during the summer and reserve the thicker ones for colder weather.
Are Alpaca Socks Really Warm?
Unlike sheep’s wool which is structured to have pockets of air, alpaca wool has a hollow core fiber, making it perform like an insulator that traps warm air around your feet while it wicks away moisture. It’s like having your own space heater for your feet! Alpaca is three times warmer than sheep’s wool and hypoallergenic too, so your feet won’t get itchy.
Furthermore, alpaca socks are also more durable than sheep or cotton wool. Their hollow fibers provide alpaca with one of the highest resistance factors of all natural fibers, making it a stronger tensile option.
Do yourself a favor and upgrade to alpaca socks this year. They’re warmer, softer, cozier, and will last for many, many years. When you slip them on, you will instantly treat your feet to toasty warmth like no other.
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