Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Winter Woolens

Today brought with it the first real frost of the season. Over night the low pressure and cloud of the previous few days left us to be replaced by clearer skies and higher clouds.
This meant we had quite a heavy frost which was still hanging around until 1.30pm in shady areas. Another thing of note in the sky was that the moon was still fairly high and visible at 11am today, it must be travelling well over 180 degrees around the sky at this time of year.
The wintry weather of course means time fro the hats, scarves, jumpers and gloves to make an appearance again. I do keep an eye out in the shops for woolen clothes of some use, for daily wear and woods wear. However for some reason wool, a renewable, environmentally friendly, washable, fireproof and warm fibre is pretty hard to get a hold of. Instead most of those woolly clothes you see in the stores are actually acrylic. As wikipedia says

Acrylic fibers are synthetic fibers made from a polymer (Polyacrylonitrile) with an average molecular weight of ~100,000, about 1900 monomer units. To be called acrylic in the U.S, the polymer must contain at least 85% acrylonitrile monomer.

Doesn't sound quite as nice as wool does it?
I shall let you know how I get on with the quest for quality wool clothes, the most important item this year being a pair of trousers for those cold days in the woods.
The morale of this story is that if you want performance or environmentally friendly clothes then you'd better check out the label!