Monday, February 27, 2012

Not Cow Fuzz

Fiber for the trail.

Merino Wool: A kind of wool that provides a good balance of insulation, durability, odor resistance, and moisture absorption. Due to its fine fibers it feels soft and does not scratch like ordinary wool. It is often used in socks, and in some brands of underwear.

Example: "Why, I've been here this half hour showing cloths to a child that doesn't know merino from a sheep's back," said he, laughing." The Wide, Wide World, by Susan Bogert Warner, 1892

Example: "A dress either of stuff, such as merino, or of muslin, as short as it is usually worn, a reboso tied over one shoulder, and a large straw hat, is about the most convenient costume that can be adopted." Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years in That Country, by Frances Calderón de la Barca, 1843

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