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This may have been the second warmest winter on record for Oregon, but it’s still in that late winter/early spring season that means ultra-cold mornings. And I know a lot of you elsewhere have been buried under snow so aggressive, you’d think you owed the weather money. When it’s cold, gloves are great, but sometimes they’re too much, especially if you’re just trying to take the edge off of chill while you’re inside.
So let’s look at arm warmers and the different finger styles and coverage ranges that all fall under the “arm warmer” umbrella! They fall into these basic styles: sleeve, mitt and fingerless. And there’s plain ol’ full fingered gloves, of course, but they’re a horse of a different, more straightforward, colour.
Let’s start with the simplest and most straightforward style. A sleeve is an arm warmer with no hole for the thumb. Some can play the legwarmer game too, though they tend to be a bit more snug than straight up leg warmers. And a couple styles you may think of as primarily leg warmers are wonderful sleeves.
Sleeves are often longer in style, most wanting to reach at least the elbows. That’s not a defining factor, however. Mostly, sleeves are perfect to pair with shorter shirt sleeves or for when you want a little more arm warmth (armth?) without having to add a whole ‘nother shirt to the mix.
They don’t do much for keeping hands warm though, so if you want to keep your top paws cozy, you might want . . .
Mitts care about your thumb and give it a special place to live. For some mitts, it’s just a hole in the side, but that’s enough to ensure that your knuckles stay covered consistently.
Some mitts are madly minimal, only a few stitches at the hand end keeping them from being sleeves. Wider hands aren’t often fans of this type of mitt.
The most indulgent mitt is the kind that have a separate thumb space that often goes as high as the thumb knuckle. Sometimes it’s just through smart use of a seam allowance (like on the Una), but sometimes it’s like a house knit or sewn just for those useful un-fingers.
And when your fingers get jealous of your thumb’s cozy house, there’s always . . .
As straightforward as sleeves, fingerless gloves are like gloves minus the fingertips. They’re the go-to for keeping hands cozy and a lot of us layer them under our mitts for maximum warmth that leaves us more dexterous than straight up gloves. We don’t have a lot fingerless glove options right now, but the styles we do have are solid and reliable basics!
We’ve found that it doesn’t matter that much if you have smaller or medium-larger hands, it doesn’t really change how high the finger bits go up on you. We did some extensive and goofy testing and hand comparisons and found that though the Basic Fingerless Gloves go up the highest, but still don’t cover the first joint on even teeny hands. Here’s the basic rundown:
The Basic Fingerless Gloves (below, left) are not only the base for our Tie Dyed Fingerless Gloves, but are popular with fire dancers for their great coverage and 90% cotton blend. For similar length in acrylic, the Acrylic Fingerless Gloves (also available in a shortie) go nicely up the arm, but are a little shorter in the finger coverage department:
At about the same finger coverage level, the unique Microfiber Chenille Fingerless Gloves (below, right) don’t go as far up most arms as the other two basic styles. They are wildly soft and fluffy though, which is pretty important in the scheme of cuddly coziness.
From straight-up sleeves to fingerless gloves, there are lots of ways to keep the warms on your arms as we make the cold and confusing transition to warmer months!
We’ve gone through all the main colours this year in our monthly focus posts and now with black under our belts, let’s take this colour matching to the next level: matching stripes across brands and styles! It’s something we see a lot of you folks doing as you put the final touches on your Halloween costumes, so I figured it’d be timely to talk about it now.
As we’ve learned, if you want to keep your colours matching, it’s best to stay within a brand or style, particularly in the Dream Stockings, since we use the same yarn for each colour. So, naturally, the M Sleeves and the Super Warmers short or long, match their corresponding colours in the Color Knees and Super Stripes (with some cross-pollination between all of those styles, plus the Neapolitans and Rainbow Dreams!).
Ditto the Sorcerer Socks and Sleeves, the Chevron Sleeves and their various levels of coverage. And Leg Avenue offers the Neon Rainbow Gauntlet Gloves to go with the tights and Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights to go with the fingerless gloves.
Top row: Sorcerer Sleeves, Chevron Sleeves, Neon Rainbow Gauntlet Gloves, Rainbow Net Fingerless Gloves
Bottom row: Sorcerer Socks, O Chevrons, Neon Rainbow Tights, Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights
But what about rainbows, or black/purple and black/red? What if your perfect sock to match your arm warmers is made of a totally different fiber? Well, we have good news and bad news, depending on what colours you’re talking about.
Deep cool tones are in common for September’s birthstone and flower. Deep blue Sapphires and purple Asters are like the earlier evenings we’re starting to see. The constellation for most of this month is Virgo, which is associated with Persephone, a perfect beginning to autumn.
Sapphires are really just blue rubies, which is wild! Well, they’re not all blue, but that’s the colour they’re most commonly associated with. Actually, if they’re pink but not pink enough to be a ruby, then they’re pink sapphires, which are another favourite shade of this stone.
But! Did you know what common flower is also part of the Asteraceae family? The dandelion. It’s true, I’ll wait while you look it up.
Virgo, the constellation until the last week of September, is a little tricky to depict in sock form. Sure, it’s associated with Persephone, but I already looked at pomegranates in January! Hmm. The coming of autumn and cold, the word “virgin” . . . ah-ha! Virgin wool. Perfect for those cool days that are creeping in. B.Ella has a lot of beautiful styles that use virgin wool, but here are three that speak to the season.
I know a lot of folks are looking forward to the season change. Just two scant weeks until the Equinox when it is officially fall!
Last year I suggested some lightweight socks that make the transition from cooler to warmer temperatures, but our Lightweight collection and our Spring collection have a lot more perfect options for layering as we make our way into real summer.
Lightweight over the knee socks are a great choice for springy weather and they keep rocking when you layer them over coloured tights when the weather cools down. I’m a big fan of combining lighter-weight tall socks with warm leg warmers in the morning. Then later, when the sun asserts its dominance, the legwarmers can go into my bag and my lightly clad legs can continue being comfy!
The Vertically Inclined Stockings are probably one of the ultimate lightweight sock options, with subtle, almost-openwork that keep your legs from suffocating in warm temperatures. And probably my current favourite legwarmer are the Harajuku Furry Warmers—mine are getting a little beat up, even, from how much I wear them.
Openwork over the knees are a great layering option for this trick. These three are some of our favourite and most popular:
We offer a wide selection of leg warmer weights, from barely-there to super cozy. For this layering trick, shorter styles are best, with less bulk.
If you want a little more coverage that is just as light, a lot of the styles in our Frills & Lace post in February are just as perfect now as earlier in the year, only now you don’t need to layer solid tights under them!
A couple more styles that are great to layer with after the jump! Read more »
We’ve been seeing folks getting pretties for new year and holiday parties and since I wrote about our various sparkly styles last year, I just had to this year too! Maybe it’s not in time for your new year party, but the beginning of new year is a great time to start adding a little something extra to your wardrobe with socks and accessories.
Traditionally, you tell the new year who’s boss with something sparkly! I showed off a lot of our sparkle in last year’s post, but we have some new ways to shine the new year in. The Lurex Leggings are just the right amount of shimmer that can be worn in a fun everyday outfit without being too crazy. The Furry Lurex Leg Warmers, on the other hand, are pretty intense, but also super-duper warm. And they swish pretty wonderfully when you walk.
In the vein of fun to wear but not necessarily something you can sneak into everyday wardrobe, the Rainbow Organza Tutu is amazing, and I think about all of us Dreamers who’ve tried it on have been compelled to skip around happily. It’s a little blacklight reactive too!
But what about those of us who need some flash and fun for regular, every day wear? We’ve got some more sedate, but still fun options for you after the jump! Read more »
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