Judith Browning wrote:my experience is only through weaving. I always tried to use organic hemp and cotton. The hemp I used was wonderful and the quality got better and better but it was grown in Romenia and shipped here. The organic cotton was grown here but my understanding was that the mills for cotton are in China now so all of the fiber is sent there and shipped back as yarn or woven goods. There are beautiful color grown cottons in shades of rust and greens I think grown in Arizona. The problem I had as a weaver was finding fibers I was comfortable practically rolling in and breathing at affordable prices.
Judith Browning wrote:Renaisance fair folks and some re enactors might have connections to something close to what your looking for.
paul wheaton wrote:
So I presented her with a lame piece of paper that offered the husp-ian outfit of her choice.
John Polk wrote:Wool is great. It retains most of its insulation value, even when wet.
there are several companies making Merino wool long johns.
Goose down cannot be beat.
John Polk wrote:I have known people to coat outer garments with bee's wax for water-proofing.
soft wools rather than itchy
Judith Browning wrote:If the bounderies for this are absolutely no petroleum products involved at all... <snip> ...the impossibility of finding any manufactured yarn or finished goods that at some point doesn't involve long distance shipping.
John Polk wrote:Merino wool is softer than most, plus it is a longer fiber.
The long fiber means fewer 'ends' sticking out of the fabric = less itchy.
Renate Haeckler wrote:Have you looked on LocalHarvest.org for sources near you?
Deb Berman wrote:Well Paul, you guys are actually really lucky to have one of the best small fiber processing mills in the US near you (by western US standards, anyway), and it is one of the few making an effort to be sustainable. It is 13 mile Lamb and Wool Company www.lambandwool.com in Belgrade, Montana.
I think Mr. Wheaton might have to lay low on the frugality forum for a bit...