I feel sure one reason Rudy's blood counts were better is that I was wearing my lucky socks. My wonderful friend, Judy, knitted these for me several years ago. She has actually knitted a bunch of socks for me over the years. They are amazing. Even though she uses wool, she knows a trick or two about which wools are best. I typically can't put wool right next to my skin - it itches like crazy. I've never ever had that reaction to Judy's socks.