I am allergic to wool and wonder if anyone else has that problem. Wool seems a highly recommended item for making a lot of things when trying to be all natural. It just would never work for me. Are there other materials that have the benefits of wool without being wool?
Hmm, that's a tough one. Wool is so useful because it can be felted into a thicker fabric, and it's really good at insulating while wet.
I'm wondering if silk would be a good option for you. From this website:
- Elegant soft luster
- Soft, smooth, not slipery
- Strong, poor elasticity
- Heat & cold insulating properties
- High moisture regain
- Poor conductivity of electricity
- High shrinkage, needs pre-wash which cuts shrinkage from 8% to 4%
The only problem I see is silk is very absorbent, but wool is, too. I think you would have to quilt several layers of silk together to make it sturdier and warmer. But it would be easy to look for silk clothing at a thrift store and test it out.
Now I'm curious to try this. Wouldn't that be so luxurious, silk shoes?