I’m definitely not a cashmere kind of girl. No, I don’t normally wear wool next to my skin. Can’t cope with that tickly feeling.
It makes me itch just thinking about it.
I buy most of my walking gear from Mountain Warehouse, partly because I hate shopping and I find it’s easier to get to know one place and then you can just dash in and grab what you want, and get out again. Partly, too, it’s because I want to support a local shop in our town but, mainly, it’s because they sell very reasonably priced sports wear. And I discovered Mountain Warehouse were doing a special deal on merino blend tee shirts.
Merino wool is highly valued by walkers and mountaineers, especially as a base layer.
Apparently it is both warm and lightweight, and has the ability to wick moisture away from the skin. It’s also super-soft. Perfect really. But, unfortunately, merino products are usually very expensive. And I don’t normally wear wool next to my skin… so I hadn’t really considered merino as an option.
But it’s hard to resist a good bargain. And so I popped into Mountain Warehouse and examined the merino tee, spending some time rubbing the material between my fingers and then running my arm along the fabric. The sales assistant must have wondered what I was up to.
It didn’t feel itchy. I thought it was worth a try.
That was some time ago and, of course, since then we’ve been blessed with the warmest autumn for years. But this week brought the first frosts of winter, and I decided to give my merino tee an outing.
Of course, as soon as I got it on I started itching. But, by the time I settled into my walk, I managed to forget all about it!
I felt nice and cosy, but then I usually am when I’m out walking. I’m not sure if the merino tee was warmer than an ordinary tee, but it certainly felt soft and comfortable. And any itchiness was only imaginary.
I will definitely wear it again. Might even buy some more merino products – as long as they’re in the sales, of course.