Wool in the summer...

"What?  Wool in the summer?  You must be nuts!"  I hear this over and over again from parents throughout the warm Wisconsin months, who inquire about my boys' hand knit shorts.

While we all know wool is fantastic for naturally keeping our bodies toasty warm in the winter,  few people know about the benefits of wearing wool in the summer months as well.

*High level of UV protection
*Natural wicking properties
    Coil shaped fibers create millions of tiny air pockets, trapping moisture and heat away from the skin. The moisture quickly evaporates into the air, leaving shorts dry and comfortable.
*Fire retardant  
    Perfect for summer nights dancing around the campfire and roasting marshmellows.  Unlike cotton, if wool catches on fire it has a low flame velocity and usually self~extinguishes.
    Wool is almost 7 times stronger than cotton, so let your kiddos wear their shorts for all types of play.
*Easy to Clean
    Do laundry less often!

Fiber scales keep dirt and stains on the surface, while wool's antibacterial nature keep the shorts from stinking for many days.  You should only have to wash wool shorts about every two weeks.

If you'd like to discover all the benefits of wool for your family, you can join me on Etsy at The Sitting Tree where you'll find many exceptionally crafted wool products.


  1. What a fabulous post!

    Wool is amazing, and your pieces are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this info :)

  2. Great information!

  3. Wonderful info!
    That's why we LOVE wool!!! :0)

  4. :)) It's what I have to explain always to my friends and to my customers. I usually mention them the people from Sahara desert who wear wool during the whole year :)
    The best feature is that it keeps the natural body temperature stable.
    A pity so many people don't know how wonderful wool is!

    I'll direct people to your post when I have to explain :)

    Daria/LaLa! Shoes

  5. i love those photos! when my 12yo was little he wore his wellies all the time, no matter the weather.

  6. Great post and fabulous pictures. I admit that I was not very familiar with wool but thanks to you I will no longer think it isn't appropriate in summer! Wool seems to share a lot of properties with hemp.

  7. Yes, and wool washes and wears much better than say cotton - your gorgeous boys shorts will retain their colour and keep on keeping on for more than one child. Oh, and in winter or cooler months it keeps the body warm even when wet - spills, puddles, water play...

    Wool is an amazing modern fabric created by mother nature.

  8. Great info, I had no idea wool had UV protection, either! Your pieces are wonderful :)

  9. super!! NOw I can tell people read for yourself, hihihihi. Even my family thinks it is crazy to wear wool/ felt insummer :( but I just love my felted slippers and wear them even in summer.....