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Looking up crafty sock ideas to share with you all I found an almost endless ocean of inspiration! It was hard to pick just one DIY idea this week, but turning socks into arm warmers is a perfect blend of fun and useful. We’ve got a couple ways to do it and some links with even more ideas!
Now, for something far more useful, turning one long sock into two cozy arm warmers. You can do it with two socks (matching or unmatching) too, which means you can keep the cuff, but if you’re using widowed socks or the Crafty Bundles, then you likely have just one sock to work with. But I like these kind of warmers a lot as the weather starts getting warmer and everything doesn’t have to be so snug.
The how-to, with links to more tutorials after the jump! Read more »
I was going to write about our Vices collection, but it looks like everybody stocked up before making resolutions! So how about some sparkle for the new year? Because for me, sparkle is a vice.
It’s too late to suggest socks and accessories for new year parties, but sparkle shouldn’t be confined to just beginnings. The shine of a new year, like a treat still in its wrapper, sort of begs for sparkles and shine. But rocking a little glitz can help keep up the hope a year began with into the following months.
I can think of nothing more appropriate than the sparkle of rhinestones to kick off a new year. Silver sparkles dress up basic leggings and little net gloves—because basics don’t have to be boring.
For leg warmers we have a nice gradient of shimmer, from the delicate stripe of shine, to bold stars, or an all out lurex marl, heavy on the sparkle. You can choose your level of sparkle:
Thigh highs, tights and more after the jump! Read more »
I may be one of the most sock-obsessed people I know but I recently realized that my latest (past few years) obsession has been with hand warmers. I wear them every day at this time of year and during most mornings for much of the rest of the year to keep the chill away.
Although I have the option of keeping a pair of everything we sell, I usually don’t want most things in every color… except these, and several other warmers. Not that I actually do have any of those in every color but I gladly snagged the latest shade of the Wool Fingerless gloves when I saw them.
The shade previously known as merlot is now purple marled and you can see here just how very different they are, both are beautiful, but definitely not at all the same.
There was some uncertainty as to how we would handle these, nevermind they arrived when we were at our holiday busiest this month… a time when taking pictures of sock-like goodness is hard to accomplish, between being so busy with orders coming in and going out and very limited daylight & presence of mind. But I was able to fit these in and am enjoying their warmth even as I type this.
I idn’t find this particular pair to be very itchy, but some of these wool warmers are until they are washed. I usually just use some shampoo and my favorite smelling condition softens them nicely.
Right after New Years we will be adding even more yummy gloves and warmers…
I can hardly wait to get my mitts on them!!!
Halloween is so close I can almost taste the candy! If you’re still searching for the last key elements of your costume we’ve got a list to help you out.
If you love face paint, you may want to try rocking the La Calavera Catrina look, a classic Dia de los Muertos costume and image. Some face paint, any sort of outfit, and a pair of the Harajuku Long Bones Arm Warmers and the Kawaii Skeleton Over The Knee.
More costume fun after the jump!
Two of the cutest fiber animals are angora rabbits and alpacas. They’re both sweet-faced mop tops whose coats make for cozy cold weather wear. I find most wool super itchy, but both angora and alpaca are soft and sensitive enough that they’re welcome additions to my sock and warmer wardrobe and to our special collections of both Alpaca and Angora styles.
Angora rabbits are distinctly fuzzy, a result of the lightness of the fiber that makes up their coats. Soft and silky, the fiber has a fluffy halo that works with hollow fibers to create the ultimate thermal wool. Because it doesn’t have much elasticity it is most often mixed in small amounts with other wools, imparting its softness in a beautiful blend. I also like to think that their natural cuteness gets passed on to the wearer with the wool.
More like hair than wool, Alpaca fleece is strong and lightweight, making it perfect for technical applications. It’s also lanolin-free, making it hypoallergenic. Like angora, it has partially hollow fibers that add to its already impressive thermal abilities, even when wet. I think it’s an added bonus that such a serious, business-like fiber comes from one of the most goofy animals.
Here at Sock Dreams we’ve got some amazing options in both fibers, from sport-ready anklets to crazy cozy legwarmers. After the jump I list a few, and you may be surprised what styles are hiding one of these lovely luxury fibers!