What’s with All the Hats and Scarves?

Today, in the frozen land that is Central Canadian prairie, the daytime temperature made it to the
lofty high of -21 C, with a windchill of -29. Just a little frosty, and even that pales in comparison to Northern Manitoba.

I’m not complaining (okay, I am) but this is pretty much standard fare for these parts, where cold descends in November and dissipates in April, give or take a May blizzard.

Hence the preponderance of warm woollies in my Etsy shop. But just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to dress in ten layers of clashing woollens–no, we can be fashionable AND warm. And warm doesn’t always mean bulky either. With lightweight options like alpaca and llama, outerwear can be sleek and stylish.

Fibre from the camelid family (alpaca, llama, camel and the like) is not only lighter-weight but is up to seven times as warm as sheep’s wool–and is often better tolerated by those with allergies to the lanolin found in sheep’s wool.

Alpacas…more than just pretty faces.

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