MAX & PEN'S FIBER TESTING LAB

MAX & PEN'S FIBER TESTING LAB

Posted by Bernie Rothrock on

Before we send our fiber to the mill to be woven into socks, it is subjected to extreme elements that can only be produced in our fiber testing lab- Northeast Missouri. Temperatures here can range from below zero to triple digits, testing the insulating quality of the alpacas' medullated fibers. The hollow centers of their fiber insulate so effectively that at 0 degrees actual temperature your foot has the feeling of a 50 degree environment. 

Northeast Missouri's average rainfall of 39 inches tests the water resistance of alpaca fiber. It is a common sight to see the herd out in the pasture during those all-day rains only to be completely dry the next day. This quality can be appreciated when you wear the socks during periods of heavy activity and your feet remain dry. It also will become apparent when your take the socks out of the washer to find that they are almost dry. This allows you to air dry them improving their longevity.

The most unique quality of alpaca fiber put to the test is what we consider to be "teflon"tivity . During those periods of rainy weather our pastures become quite muddy and alpacas are not allergic to mud, in fact they like it. They will literally lay in the mud until all that beautiful fiber becomes filthy. Give them a couple of dry days and they'll look like they came back from the dry cleaners- spotless. Like teflon, nothing sticks to their fiber, including odors. This you will discover when you put the socks to your own test of extremes. It is not uncommon, nor is it gross, to wear alpacas socks for several days without laundering. 

The most impressive quality of alpaca socks can only be measured by putting them on your own feet. This of course is the comfort they afford. You will be amazed at how soft and warm they are and you will understand why it is said of these socks, "Once you wear alpaca you'll never go backta" anything else.

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