I can hear you asking, "What does champagne have in common with linen sheets?" I'm so glad you asked!
When I tried my first sip of champagne I was shocked. It seemed wrong for something carbonated to not be sweet. Something that tasted like wine should not have carbonation! But I tried it again (& again) and can say that champagne suits me just fine, thank you. I love those bubbles! I especially love it with orange juice. It was an acquired taste. Well, so are linen sheets. (There's the connection, were you wondering?)
After selling linen sheets to customers who would have nothing else I decided to try them myself to see what the fuss was all about. I still love my cozy flannel sheets for freezing winter nights and my soft Egyptian cotton sheets for Spring an Fall, but there is nothing like the linen sheets for those hot, humid Kentucky Summer nights! At first touch they feel rough, especially if one is accustomed to soft smooth feeling sheets. After several washings they get softer and more endearing.
Cotton and other natural fibers, unlike man made fabrics, all breathe, but linen has them beat for it's thermo-regulating properties. It insulates in the winter and is cool and breathable in the summer. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and it quickly releases moisture to remain dry and cool to the touch. But "don't they wrinkle?", you ask. Yes, just like your linen clothes they will wrinkle. Even though they iron easily no law says you must iron them! Wash them with a gentle detergent, dry them gently or hang them outside to dry, and iron or just fold. You will learn to treasure them. Purist has a natural, unbleached linen sheet and both Sferra and St.Geneve have fine white linen sheets. Contact me if you want to know more.
Linen, an acquired taste! Sleep well.
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