Thanks for the information. I will assume you heard about this from the Outdoor Retail Show just held on your side of the pond. I know that Patagonia had someone there. I called Patagonia and after a little search they found the same information you have reported. Fall 2009, mens, long sleeve #1 wool. I don't think Patagonia puts thumb loops on there things. I may still add long sleeves as I may have a chance to wear it this winter/ spring.
My #1 Wool Shirt is soaking in some soap. It is 62 F and sunny here today so after soaking awhile I will rinse it and put it outside to dry.
I am getting ready to cut my XL shirt apart.