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Post Posted: May 3, 2023 11:30 am 
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4-5 years ago, someone (I don't remember who) gave me several pairs of
socks for Christmas, and they have worn like iron, and are year round comfortable,
so I have been looking for more, but have hit a dead end!

I have been everywhere on line & searched all of the local department stores.
I have gone to all of the local - and on line sporting goods stores looking for
Hiking socks, Skiing socks, Biking socks, Climbing socks, Running socks Sledding
socks, Swimming pool socks (yes there is such a thing), Dancing socks (Sock Hops?) with no luck

During my search, the only thing I seem to have established is that
they are not cotton, polyester, or other blends of manufactured material.

The evidence seems to be pointing toward (maybe 100%) Wool, as the sock
material passes the wool ID test: Wool is basically fireproof!

When wool is subjected to an open flame (and appears to be burning) wool
will only smolder for a very short period of time after the outside source
flame is removed, (and leaves behind a rather unique (to wool) odor.
I guess that explains why I have never seen a sheep on fire

So: Anyone out there have any ideas on where I could look next?
If so, give me a call, a PM, post a reply, or send me an E-Mail

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Those remind me of some alpaca socks I bought many years ago (at REI if I remember correctly). They were the best backpacking socks I ever had.


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I was going to suggest alpaca as well.

And your post made me chuckle, thank you!


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merino wool socks are long lasting and warm. it is the only kind I can buy The Rogernator

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Someone from around here had a classified ad where she sold socks, hats, etc. from her Alpaca's wool. I think the name might be River Dale Farms. Here's an old ad of hers:

Subject: Know of a knitter that uses alpaca fiber?


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TillerBee wrote:
Someone from around here had a classified ad where she sold socks, hats, etc. from her Alpaca's wool. I think the name might be River Dale Farms. Here's an old ad of hers:

Subject: Know of a knitter that uses alpaca fiber?


Excellent sleuthing TB.


That’s Sally Ball of Rivendale Farms.
I’ll send her this link on FB.


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I received this message from Sally :

“ I apparently don’t have a clue as to my password and login. If you could pass along on my behalf, I don’t recognize those particular socks and don’t knit custom orders anymore, but Kim Kastner is still the best source for excellent alpaca socks. 303-229-1300 is her number.”


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To J. Miller:
Based on your obviously real authentic picture I would advise you to keep your cat
very far away from that unknown (to me) breed of flammable lamb chop.
Looks like a three alarm fire just waiting for a place and time to happen!
Also, to J. Miller & Tiller Bee thanks: I will call Sally.........

To: Wily Fox aka Angela
Merino wool comes from "Merino" sheep .( Its amazing how that works isn't it!)
There are some economic reasons why it is used, and it is as claimed to be somewhat
softer than other (non flammable wool) and lots and lots of socks are made with
this wool, however. I have looked at and felt over 50 brands of socks utilizing
various amounts of Merino wool and there is no question than none of them
are anywhere close to what I have.

As far as Alpaca wool goes, I had bought 2 ea two pack pairs of socks represented
as "hand made with 100% American Lama/Alpaca wool" - from two different Amazon
sellers, and the attached tags on both stated there was up to 4 different blends
of some type of (Chinese) fibers - neither claiming any amount of Alpaca wool - and
one even listed a small amount of "ANIMAL HAIR" material (maybe from a cat that
died in a fire maybe?) and the other had the gall to list "Emulsified Lanolin oil -
(a waxy oil derived from (flammable?) sheep wool! (Maybe it's the lanolin
that is flammable and if they would simply "Milk" the sheep before they sheer
them, a lot of cats would be spared a horrible demise.....
Needless to say, I returned these two shipments of socks before I got any angry calls from the Fire Marshall

Below is a link that could be close to what I think I am looking (as far as the picture is concerned),
but I haven't tried these yet and am not holding my breath

Yoicy Mens Thick Wool Socks
Made Of 30% Cashmere Wool +10% Cotton+15% Spandex+45% Polyester, Extra Thick
(& Non flammable lanolin?)

https://www.amazon.com/Mens-Heavy-Thick ... 64180&th=1

When the Brook Forest Inn was open, I used to play at the Jam Session every Thursday night and remember passing by a Lalma farm on Blue Creek Rd between Hwy 74 and S Brook Forest Rd and, There is a Lama Farm on the south side of 285 between Kipling & Wadsworth (you can see it from the road), so at this point in time, I may just go visit one or both, and see what I can find out. I may not find out much about socks, but I might be able to learn something about flameproof Lamas and/or Alpacas just in case I may be forced to get into the Wool Sock business...

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“Also, to J. Miller & Tiller Bee thanks: I will call Sally...”


The phone number is not for Sally. It is for Kim Kastner. :D


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If it's fire proof you need, you should look into asbestos!
I won't attest to any of their other wearability features, but I doubt you'll be disappointed with the fire resistant quality.


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Scalawagy wrote:
If it's fire proof you need, you should look into asbestos!
I won't attest to any of their other wearability features, but I doubt you'll be disappointed with the fire resistant quality.


Just don't inhale... 8O


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They kind of look like Smartwool socks to me. But, if you are looking for a good 100% wool sock, you might check into Farm to Feet socks. Yep, no burn. They make hearth rugs out of wool for that reason.

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