Update; I have no more socks left. If you want socks, you can email the sheep farmer directly at email@example.com.
One of the projects I’ve been working on and waiting on has finally come to fruition. As some of you may recall, I have a good friend who has a sheep farm in the interior of BC. I went up there when I was pregnant and visited with the sheepies and while it might not look like much while covered in bits of hay and snow and being worn by its producer, the sheep has some very lovely wool.
In any event, after a lot of organizing and waiting, I am super excited to report that I am now selling 100% wool socks and am calling them Naked Ewe Socks. These socks are made with fleece from the lovely sheep you see above whose name is Rita, as well a number of her friends. The fleece has then been sent to a wool mill in Alberta, where the wool is cleaned, carded, spun, and then woven using a very cool old Komet sock machine from the 60s that can produce a sock in about three minutes.
We also chose to produce four different sizes: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15, and in some sizes, we have both an ankle length and the regular length you see above.
These aren’t super soft but they aren’t itchy. I’m wearing a pair right now and find them really comfy.
Why wool? Wool is an amazing natural product. In order to maintain a sheep’s health, you have to shear them. That product then becomes a marketable byproduct of a sheep. Wool is naturally odor absorbing, naturally water repelling, and can be made into everything from diaper covers to sweaters. It’s strong, durable and warm. I use wool socks when I am hiking and in the winter. Often people who have allergies to synthetic fibers have the choice of silk (lovely but expensive), cotton (wear out pretty fast as a sock) or wool.
Why these socks? Well, for years, I have spent a lot of money on socks from Mountain Equipment Co-op, socks that are made in the USA (no offense American friends) rather than here in Canada. I loved those socks, but I thought, wouldn’t it be better to buy socks made here in Canada? Out of wool from sheep raised right here in BC? We’ve also elected not to colour the socks, because not everyone wants red or blue or whatever socks and I am selling them with minimal packaging as well to reduce my impact on the earth.
So, enough of the sales pitch – if you’re interested, I am selling these for $20 a pair plus shipping, plus I’ll give you discounts if you buy more than one pair. I’ve set up an email address for these socks: firstname.lastname@example.org and you can email me or leave a note in the comments in you want. Thanks for supporting me!
I have no more socks left. If you are interested in socks, please email the sheep farmer directly at email@example.com