First things first, a blog reader comment that I don’t want anyone to miss:
The nicest people read your blog, Karen. I’ll usually just skim through comments but I read every one just now because they were all kind & encouraging. Made my day. x
This came in from Kathy. Kathy’s family, if you’re reading this: she needs breakfast in bed every day for the next year. And to all of you, a huge thank you for your lovely comments on my last blog post.
And now, on to the burning question of my day. What makes a fabric warm or cold against the skin? No, no! Don’t go yet! Bear with me…
I have noticed that there are some items I’ve sewn, but hardly wear – because every time I pull them on, my skin gives a shudder of cold. It’s not a nice feeling. Other fabrics I can’t stop touching, because they’re so warm against the skin.
I’m not talking obvious warmth or coolness – wool versus cotton – I’m talking something unique to a particular bolt of fabric, almost regardless of type. Where does that come from?
This velvet has a shiny wrong side, which makes it a dream to wear with tights. But I’d never wear it against bare skin. It would just feel … wrong.
I’m not convinced this is a synthetic versus natural debate. Synthetic microfleece is lovely against the skin, so it’s not about source. Is it about thread composition? Weave? Or might it be about the finishing on the fabric? Apparently, there can be a raising process which draws out the ends of fibres and makes them warmer. Flannel, anyone?
My perfunctory Google researching hasn’t really helped. Can you? Every day’s a school day!