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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Where I've Been + A Give Away for YOU!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi friends!

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season - however your family chose to celebrate. You may be wondering where I've been if you've been checking in over the past week. (Although, I hope not too often - this has been a great opportunity to spend some time with your family!)

I have been enjoying a week vacation with my family - mom, dad, brother and his wife, as well as my husband and 10 month old son! We had a lovely time visiting Colonial Williamsburg as well as "road-tripping" it through Cherokee, North Carolina, and Byce, Virginia. I had a terrific time just relaxing and playing board games and card games with my family as well as going on some new adventures!

One day we took a car trip up to Byce, Virginia and I went skiing for the very first time! It was so much fun! Lucky for me I had the opportunity to review a worsted-wool cross-neck long sleeve shirt from Ramblers Way . Ramblers Way apparel comes from Ramblers Way Farm where they source, grow, and produce superfine worsted wool, responsibly and sustainably. What a great garment to be able to take with me while I was out in the freezing cold!

I'll be totally honest with you and say I had my doubts about wool clothing. My original thoughts about wool were that it was itchy and heavy. Ramblers Way Farm totally proved me wrong. The shirt I wore was incredibly soft and surprisingly light weight! It did however, keep me very warm. Something you may not know is that wool is a great choice for warm "underwear." Cotton (like t-shirts, cotton socks, etc) should not be worn next to the skin because when you sweat (under all those layers) you get cool and won't feel warm. Wool is different because it wicks the wetness away and keeps you warm all day long! I was never even a little cold while slipping and sliding on the slopes! I had a terrific time and can't wait to go skiing again! It was a total blast - another surprise for me since I figured I would break something and totally hate being out in the cold.



Whether you are planning your next ski trip or just live where it unbearably cold- or you just love soft comfy clothes =) you can feel good about making a purchase from Ramblers Way. It is a family business founded by Tom Chappell, the founder of Tom’s of Maine (think eco-friendly toothpaste and personal care) as well as CNBC’s entrepreneur of the year. Tom and his wife (and all the good folks at Ramblers Way Farms) believe a business can be a financial success while behaving in a socially-responsible and environmentally- sustainable manner. You'll also be able to get a lot of mileage out of your clothing selections from Ramblers Way - since wool keeps you both cool and warm it is wearable nearly year round!

Not convinced? Here are some more reasons why wool is superior:

  • Wool is a natural, renewable fiber with multiple uses.
  • Wool is a complex fiber with properties for superior insulation, water repellency, water absorption and odor control.
  • Wool naturally resists wrinkling and soiling.
  • Wool is flame resistant.
Now You Can't Wait to Get Your Hands on Some of this Worsted Wool Clothing, Right?

You can make a purchase right away using this 10% off code:SMM1 (expires 1/31/10)
And, lucky for you one of my readers will win $100 worth of Ramblers Way merchandise! To enter all you have to do is:

1) Visit Ramblers Way Farms site HERE and then leave a comment here about your impression of wool before learning of Rambler's Way and your impression now AND/OR

2) Tweet out a message containing the URL of this blog post { http://tinyurl.com/ykpk9js } as well as the hashtag #RamblersWay Then come back here and leave a message telling me you did so.

You may enter one or both ways - each tweet is worth one entry. You may tweet once daily. You can read all of the full contest rules HERE: contest rules

This contest will end January 25th at 11:59 EST. A random winner will be chosen via random.org.

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59 Comments:

Gena said...

I thought wool was hot and itchy. I didn't know it was flame resistant and that it was fine in hot and cold weather.

Sarah J said...

I felt the same way as you. I would love to see how their merch. is!

sarahkayjordan@sbcglobal dot net

Kel said...

oh man, I love wool! It's the best. I'm wearing wool right now!

lo said...

I always think of wool as thick- like a big bulky sweater or chunky socks. I knit so all the wool I know of is in thick yarn strands you know? So I learned that wool can be thin and made into a form- fitting garment!

lauren

MommaHughes said...

wool underwear! Never would have thought of that! Everything is cotton these days.

Christina said...

I always thought of wool as thick and, well, ugly...but I love their tops, especially the scoop neck women's short sleeve top!

Anonymous said...

I like wool but it is often bulky and uncomfortable. These products look wonderful!


Dawn O

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sarahespn said...

I had never heard of wool clothing before I met my husband. But he swore that his wool socks were the best and the warmest you could get. He gave me a pair and I have been convinced ever since.

cksknitter said...

Being an avid knitter, I already know that the wool yarns of today are soft, breathable, and definitely not itchy. I loved visiting the Ramblers Way site. It's 11 degrees below zero where I live this morning and the wool underware from Ramblers Way is extremely enticing!
Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

rskmom said...

Count me in the 'thought it was hot and scratchy' group - wow, nice to learn it doesn't have to be!

Mrs. Cushman said...

Wow I always thought that wool was only a "winter" wear.. I didn't know it could help to keep you cool too....

Alana Jo said...

I cloth diapered, so I have always been a fan of wool. I think their products look great. I didn't see anything in my size, but I saw some items that would fit DH. I'd love to win.

yahoobuckaroo@hotmail.com

Alana Jo said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.

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one frugal lady said...

I had no idea that wool could be so soft and thin looking! The wool products at ramblers way look great- especially the tank tops- who would have thought?
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

M. Koehl said...

I have always hated wool, ever since 5th grade when my mom dressed me in a wool sweater for my pictures. It's scratchy, hard, and just plain uncomfortable. However, this wool doesn't look like wool... it looks so much better. I'm planning on giving them a try anyway!

The Knitting Aunt said...

I love to knit with wool....but I am curious about clothing that is "not" handmade....sounds lovely.

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Shirley said...

What a surprise to see underwear made of wool!
I would really like to feel that. I thought wool was scratchy, itchy, and would never dream of underclothes from it.

Kimber said...

I've always thought of wool as being really thick and heavy. These shirts look so comfortable! I'd love to win!

Anonymous said...

I am very cold natured and would love to win this giveaway and try out this product. I always thought that wool was scratchy, itchy and bulky.

Nancy W. (nanbob06_76@yahoo.com)

Stephanie said...

I have always loved wool and appreciate the warmth that it gives. However, I had no idea that it could be woven into such delicate items of apparel. Very interesting and informative.

free indeed said...

We've always been lovers of wool in our household. Hubby will only wear wool socks year round...I love wool sweaters and blankets. I just didn't know it could be treated with enzymes to make it washable! I do wash our stuff...some things will shrink a bit, but I never use the dryer. We'd love to win a GC!

BusyMom said...

I always thought of wool as that thick, itchy sweater in my closet. It seems strange to believe that it can be thin and close to your skin. I like the idea of the shirts and would really love to try them (not sure I'm ready to try out the briefs...I'd have to be convinced of the non-itch factor by trying a shirt first)

BusyMom said...

Tweeted.

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Laurie said...

Wow! Nice! I had no idea that wool could be used for other purposes besides sweaters. I'd love to try out some of these items, especially since I have extremely dry skin in the winter and need some solutions.

Laurie said...

Tweeted!

Tracy said...

WOW - call me old fashioned but I thought wool was scratchy and uncomfortable, though not after reading and seeing such beautiful clothes made out of it. Looking forward to feeling how wool really feels against your skin!

Idaho Jill said...

I always thought wool was hot and scratchy, too. Nice to hear that they have perfected it to the point that it is comfy, thanks!

Idaho Jill said...

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Jackie said...

When I think of "wool", I think dry and itchy. But there wool is described as "soft and lightweight." I'd love to try it...I hate the cold weather and love to dress warm. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Karen R. said...

I love wool - and their sustainable processes, and the fact it is American made, is just awesome!

Gina said...

I thought wool would be itchy & scratchy-nice to know it isn't

Heather! said...

I always thought of wool as warm, yes, but not terribly comfortable next to skin. Thought it was a bit heavy and scratchy, so I always wore a t-shirt underneath wool sweaters. I also thought of it as difficult to care for, as it couldn't be washed in a machine. But Rambler's Way is so sure of the softness of their wool products that they offer to send a small sample to anybody who requests it! Also, their wool is enzyme-treated, so it won't shrink in the laundry! WOW!! Machine-washable wool products!! Whodathunk?!
THANKS!!
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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thelyzengas said...

I've always thought wool was thick, scratchy and hot...I didn't realize it could be made the way Ramblers Way does it. I get chilly so easily it would be great to try out one of their shirts! Especially since they say you can machine wash it.

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Anonymous said...

.all the high tech clothing items ive bought to wick away moisture or to avoid oders and we could have had natural wool insted who knew
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Tamara B. said...

My impression of wool has always been it is itchy, had to take care of and hot to wear. After visiting their website I found out that their apparel is non-toxic, naturally-insulating, fire-resistant, odor-absorbing, washable, and long-lasting.
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Nicole said...

I've always liked wool. I did not know it is flame resistant and resists wrinkling. Very cool.

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slehan said...

I thought wool had to be dry cleaned, but their wool is washable and pre-shrunk. Thanks for the contest.

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