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May and early June may sometimes act like summer, but late spring is still a far cry from the practiced heat of July and August. We know some of you live where it is hot sun-up to sun-down and you’re scoffing right now, but even on 70-80°F afternoons the mornings around here can hover around a comparatively chilly 50°F. That’s a big jump!
If you’re going in to work, you can put together something with layers to get you from the chilly outside morning to the warm after-work afternoon. But what about days at home? If you haven’t got central air, you’re probably like me, all windows open to the cold morning, collecting a bit of chill so the house doesn’t heat up quite so much in the sun.
That’s why we didn’t feel that goofy introducing the fleece knee highs from Polar Feet. They’re perfect for paring with shorts on chilly, pre-summer mornings.
One of our Dreamers is particularly stoked, as they plan on getting a pair to wear camping. Their feet will be warm on cool woodsy mornings and in those surprisingly chilly evenings around the campfire. Plus, they fit great into boots!
What we particularly love about these fleece knee highs is the range of fit! Fleece doesn’t have as much give as knit materials, so we did some testing to figure out calf sizing. If a 19 inch cuff stretch isn’t enough, check out our versions in a wider calf, with about 23 inches of comfy, cozy stretch! What our smaller-footed folks loved was that, even on the larger calf size, the ankle wasn’t too baggy, tapering just the right amount but still offering about 12 inches of stretch at the narrowest part.
And bigger-footed folks were pleased too. Right now, the large foot size is only available in the Lumberjack style, but we tried it on our resident US men’s shoe size 11.5 EEEE (that’s 4x wide, plus he’s got a high instep!) and they fit beautifully.
If it’s already too hot where you live to even think of fleece, do future you a favour and pick up a pair to stash away until winter. Polar Feet is a tiny, wonderful company, and sometimes they have trouble keeping up with your demand for their delightful socks! When winter rolls around (even though it seems a million years away right now), your toes will thank you as they stay toasty.
And, of course, these fleece knee highs are perfect for our pals in the Southern Hemisphere, where they’ll be enjoying the start of winter any week now!
The only Dreamer who has a birthday this month is not officially an employee, but she does come to HQ every workday. Isabel is the daughter of our VP of Purchasing and even with only two years of wearing clothes under her belt, Izzy’s already got definite opinions on her style.
The Wee Isabelle Baby & Kids OTK from Sweet Marcel are, appropriately, one of her favourites. Fishies and colours both springy and girly, perfect for whatever mood she’s feeling.
An obliging model for our baby and kids socks from the start, Izzy’s rocked socks for us since she needed a little help sitting up.
Isabel is always a delight to work with (she might be our most darling Dreamer, though I try not to be biased), and it’s been even more fun as she’s gotten older. She’s a bolt of lightning now, but she still finds a little time to show off her socks.
Last summer we had another of our little feet models join Izzy for a (naptime-shortened) afternoon of trying on different socks. It was around then that she started showing some more active interest in how all the pictures were turning out.
I think, of all of us Dreamers who have scored some awesome socks as models, Izzy has won because she has two pairs of the fleece slipper socks. It’s the luck you get when you’ve got the littlest feet! (For big feet in search of snuggliness, you might want to check out our new knee high option!)
Happy birthday to Izzy and all you other May babies, I hope your springs are verdant and full of those flowers April always says it’s raining for!!
There is a definite reason we lump teal and turquoise together in our Color Search. Turquoise is often bluer and lighter, dipping its toe into sky and neon blues, even. Teal is deeper and more forest-y, but just as easily slips into deep greens and muddy blues. Sometimes a supplier calls teal “turquoise” or vice-versa. Or just calls blue “teal” and then we shake our fist at the sky (which is actually blue, btw) at colour definitions. But dang, whatever you want to call it, it looks good all mixed together.
As a bonus to the tricky definitions, teal and turquoise are notoriously difficult to edit. Even if you don’t understand photo editing, check these screen caps I took while editing the images for this post. Now, I should just be having to crank on the “Aqua” (aqua and cyan are often the mechanical values of teal and turquoise) slider to correctly balance the blues and yellows in turquoise and teal. Here it is with just the Aqua adjusted and the Blue slider at 0 (blue equals blue):
Already you can see that the three Dreamer styles in the main image seem less blue than the teals and turquoises of other brands in the thumbnails on the left. Now, when you move the Blue slider all the way to the right (blue equals purple), something very telling happens:
Anything that is read by the camera eye as “blue” turns purple. Except! Those three dreamer styles. They remain un-purpled. And if we haul the slider to the left (blue equals green), the whole thing is proved more:
Just, wow. I know there are a lot of variables at play, but I hope this gives you an idea of how tricky teal and turquoise are to convey (and that not everything that could go under the teal and turquoise banner is truly that shade).
So it is with particular emphasis this month I add the disclaimer! I’m not trying to define teal or turquoise. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of teal and turquoise, Wikipedia’s Teal and Turquoise pages are kind of amazing resources. The Color Sorting Wiki is totally unpoetic and insists cyans like teal and turquoise are just shades of blue or green. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t. But oh man, they’re a bear. A blue-green bear.
That said, let’s see how different suppliers interpret this beautiful monster of a hue!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
As I showed above, we’ve got some beautiful representation of this hue, from pastel to deep and dark.
With their “Peacock” on the greener side of the aisle and “Turquoise” more light blue, Foot Traffic has their feet on both sides of the colour gradient.
They really only use “turquoise” twice in products we carry and it’s really more of a neon blue (which I’ll show later). But dang, it is a pretty hue and I love the petticoat in this colour.
Of course, Tabbisocks has the most stunning range of this hue, including the forest-y “Dark Cyan”. From light to dark, they’ve got it all, as usual!
A handful of other suppliers gave straight teal or turquoise a go, and they’ve done quite nicely at it!
The bluer and greener and blue-greener (and green-bluer) sub-families of teal and turquoise after the jump!
Not only is May National Bike Month but today is National Bike to Work (or school) day! We know that bicycling to work and school isn’t an option for everybody, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Bike Month with some spoke-tacular socks!
Sock It To Me has three types of coverage in their bicycle covered design, with knee highs and midcalves in classic black and white with contrasting yellow and their new anklet in bright red and royal blue!
Two more bike-centric styles from KBell are made for bigger feet and offer some great visual pop when rocked beneath cuffs rolled out of the way.
More great socks for biking after the jump! Read more »
Did you know it’s been National Wildflower Week? A celebration of native wildflowers, National Wildflower Week is a fairly new holiday (started in 1988), overseen by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. They say “Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty.”
We live in a pretty verdant place here in the Pacific Northwest, but wildflowers are everywhere! In celebration of these blooming beauties, let’s look at some our floral styles (even if the blossoms depicted on a lot of them are of the cultivated type) and take a walk through our garden of socks!
Two of our most bombastically blooming styles have only recently sprouted on our site. The Flower Field Arm Warmers are a soft wool blend perfect for this mutable season with their length that looks just as great scrunched shorter. The Full Bloom Printed tights (in two sizes!) are a great opaque leg-covering layer that really pop in that springtime sun.
This is just a bit of the bouquet of flowery goodness we’ve got! I just checked and we have floral styles involving literally every colour except neon (oh man, we need to remedy that!), so even if you’re not normally into florals, check it out! You might find your perfect flower.
Spring is most definitely in the air (goodness knows us folks with allergies know it!) and National Wildflower Week is a great way to celebrate! Even though it’s almost over, take a gander at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s list of ideas on how to make the most of what’s left of the week!
Of course, wildflowers will still be there after this week is over, and so will our floral styles. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still bedeck your toes with flowers!