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Some of our favorite items to stock for the cold seasons are luxurious styles of arm warmers. Your hands are particularly sensitive to touch, meaning they really appreciate being wrapped in soft fibers. Your hands are also much closer to your eyes than your feet, which makes beautiful arm warmers easier to see and appreciate than socks. Today we’d like to take a look at one of our new suppliers for 2015, who are making arm warmers that are both soft and beautiful, making them the perfect gift; emiLime!
Star Arm Warmers (shown here in purple haze and cinnabar) feature a subtly scalloped design on one side, with stretchy ribbing on the other
Based in Lima, Peru, emiLime is dedicated to working with the local community, both in terms of sourcing the fibers that their arm warmers are knitted from, as well as the production of the garments themselves. Each design is a collaborative effort between the brains behind the company, and the local artisans who hand-knit every pair of arm warmers.
Dots Arm Warmers are available in bright or muted colorways
As stated on their website, part of emiLime’s mission is, “supporting economic development in vulnerable communities through craft.” This starts with materials. Both the alpaca fiber which most of their styles are knitted from, and the sheep wool that others incorporate are sourced from within Peru, with the company dealing directly with the producers. A lower environmental impact is just an added benefit to locally sourcing the majority of their materials. While most of the emiLime warmers we carry are 100% alpaca, a few styles make use of sheep wool, as well as some small percentages of acrylic and polyamide yarn to achieve the desired shape and texture.
Puff Arm Warmers alternate fibers for stripes of both color and texture.
Before samples for each new design are created, emiLime consults with their artisan leaders from within the community. The result is that techniques and fibers can be used to their greatest potential, for an ideal collaboration. With designs ranging from simple to ornate, there’s something for everybody!
Aire Arm Warmers are thick, but light, with an ultra-soft halo.
Once the design process is complete, each pair of warmers is hand-knitted by a local craftsperson. In fact, each pair comes with the name of the artisan who knitted it right on the label! Many of the knitters employed by emiLime are women who are able to do their work from their own homes, to supplement their families’ incomes.
Dent Arm Warmers in sundae and peacock
While we think that the beauty and feel of these warmers is reason enough to love them, their whole mission and collaborative process just makes us adore emiLime all the more. As a low-impact, community oriented company, we really appreciate where they’re coming from, so stay tuned! We have more styles from emiLime up our sleeves……. or rather, our arm warmers!
Over the past few months, we’ve celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with some inspired sock selections, and found items to keep classic children’s literature close to our hearts (and toes). This week, we’re winding this series down with the original ticklers of our fancy: fairytales and folklore.
From our earliest days, we learn about the world from stories, many of which have been passed down for generations. Although the tales vary between cultures, there are a few archetypes that appear time and again. If some of these characters have stuck with you, as they have us, we’ve got some great items to help make them a part of your daily life.
Like many great tales, we have to begin with “once upon a time…”
Once upon a time, there was a brave little girl who wandered the dark forest and faced down a ferocious wolf. She was known as Little Red Riding Hood, and we’ve got a couple fun items depicting both her and her lupine adversary.
And on another trail, another little girl ventured into a strange house. She ate their food and tested their furniture, never imagining that the house was home to a family of bears. We’ve got a few options so that you, like Goldilocks, can find one that is just right.
Slumbering fitfully in a castle far, far away, lay a girl with delicate skin and royal heritage. Even through the layers of mattresses and pillows, she could still feel that treacherous pea hidden in her bed. We’ve got some lovely tights depicting this refined princess, as well as some soft items for sensitive feet.
Far in a different land, a boy dreamed of cats, and drew them everywhere. His family scoffed at his laziness, until his cats leapt up from their inky depictions and fought back a rat demon. This story is depicted in these lovely midcalf socks, in a wrap-around fashion between right and left.
Deep in a cave, the woodcutter Ali Baba followed a gang of thieves, and ended up with more treasure than he could possibly count. We’ve got some shiny offerings that would definitely catch Ali Baba’s attention.
While the heroes fought off their foes, many a trickster hid in the shadows. Wily and clever, they proved that life didn’t always break down neatly between good and evil, order and chaos. We’ve got silky serpent skin for Loki, twisted spider webs for Anansi, and the sly smile of the cunning Kitsune.
As their tales came to an end, the heroes, heroines, and mischief-makers snuggled in under the night sky, dreaming of their later adventures in the wide world.
Such stories have stayed with us, told around campfires and whispered under starlight. We’ll let you drift off with some last items, intended to wish you sweet and adventurous dreams.
Well, we’ve traveled far and wide to share our dream of warm, fashionable feet across the country. While we were expecting to sell a lot of socks, we were surprised to find ourselves on an epic adventure to strange and wondrous lands.
We began our journey in the Emerald City, where not only did we run into Dorothy Gale, but also Malcolm Reynolds, Rocket Raccoon, and The Doctor. From there we hitched a ride on a tornado, and though we didn’t make it to Kansas, we did find ourselves in the Windy City. While there we were accosted by a rogue Dalek. Not to worry, we were rescued by Ramona Flowers, and surprisingly, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. From there we were whisked away to a land that stood a Mile High. We got a proper welcome from Peter Pan, a pair of friends from Monster High, and a wizard named Odin.
Our next stop was on a beautiful harbor in the City of Champions. The city lived up to its name as we ran into a number of heroes for the League of Legends. We befriended a playful dragon who took us to The Athens of the South. It also seemed to be a popular spot with vacationing students from Hogwarts. At last we made our way home, only to discover that we had landed in an alternate dimension. One in which the Rose City was overtaken by helpful droids.
We finally found ourselves back in the Emerald City and from there it was only a short jump back to our home land. We will rest up for now, but early next year we will be back for more amazing adventures. Stay tuned to find out when and where you can be a part of the dream!
If you follow our blogs and social media, then you’ve probably realized many times over that we are a company obsessed with costumes. It should come as no surprise, then, that we like to take Halloween and run with it. Since we’re open 7 days a week, and not everybody is here every day, it’s hard to pick just one day for everybody to wear their costumes in, especially when Halloween falls on a weekend, as it does this year. Our solution? A full week of costumes! Check out our first three days – perhaps you can find inspiration for your own costume sock choices…
Since Nina’s regular wardrobe does tend to be a bit on the sinister side, she kind of just dresses as herself but more so during the earlier days of Halloweek… this IS her costume! But so is her skeleton hoodie! She’s sporting the brand new colorway of our Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs; teal and black.
Jess wore one of our upcoming styles of leg warmers from ToeSox as a Frankensteinesque monster. While her outfit isn’t particularly costumey, between the greenish teal warmers and her cunning makeup she really captured this character, with attitude.
Dreamer Lucy happens to be a talented seamstress and seasoned cosplayer, so it’s no surprise that her gorgeous autumnal fairy costume is absolutely top notch! Her choice of Harvest Rainbow Thigh Highs transitions beautifully into the gradient of her layered skirts, with her purple-tinted hair topping it all off perfectly.
This cozy bat hoodie can make any outfit into a bat costume, but we think it’s worth going the extra mile and being a very stylish bat in an all-black outfit featuring various textures and patterns. This cozy little bat is The Night in Tabbisocks’ Crochet Look Tights, which feature a wing-like openwork pattern, as well as another style of upcoming ToeSox leg warmers.
Dreamer Tuesday is here to teach us an important lesson about costumes: it doesn’t always matter if you’re a specific anything, as long as your costume is FUN! She’s a little bit EVIL and a little bit sporty, as well as flouncy (a side-effect of petticoat wearing) and ADORABLE. We had a lot of fun coming up with different concepts to explain her raptor-headed alter ego…. clever girl.
For our second day of Halloweek we gathered the usual suspects by the bay door for a group shot. From left to right we had a flapper in Vertical Vintage OTKs, a unicorn wearing an upcoming pair of glittery OTKs from K. Bell, a classic witch in black and white Stripe Tights paired with traditional red witchy shoes, another unicorn, also wearing the soon-to-be-available glitter OTKs (and honestly, what else would a unicorn wear, if not glitter?), and Sally the rag doll from Nightmare Before Christmas, in scrunched down stripey knee highs!
Hooves were bumped.
Dogs were kissed.
Nina is back, as our favorite nightmare in Dream Stalker Stripes! While we’ve never seen Freddy wearing a garter belt, we think he would approve of her choice of the Suspender Clip Industrial Garter Belt, as it is just the kind of sturdy, no-nonsense hardware you need for terrorizing teens as they sleep. Falling socks would be another kind of nightmare entirely!
James joined in on day 3 of Halloweek with their amazing homemade Sith costume. The Sith typically keep their stockings shrouded in secrecy, but James was good enough to give us a peek at their N40s. These thigh highs are known for staying in place through the most intense lightsaber battles.
Dreamer Rachel also joined into the fray with her dragon slayer costume. This knight in shiny armor sported Glitter Lurex Tights in black/silver, to emulate the look of very glamorous chainmail. Black Simone Sleeves protect her arms from her foes. Her foes mostly consist of cold mornings and evenings.
Here we have a sea witch, though we think perhaps this is Ursula’s kinder, softer, more colorful witch sister. Opaque Tights in turquoise compliment her tentacles’ purple trim in an appropriately aquatic pop of color.
Tori brought a clever twist to her cat woman costume with her bionic legs! Right now she has to wear a brace on her right foot, but it just so happens to share a color scheme with the Toetal Recall Knee Highs from Sock It To Me! What was an injury is now an awesome excuse to be part cyborg.
Sabrina came up with her own contemporary twist on the beloved character, Wednesday Addams. We love that she chose a style of pigtails that showcases her amazing curls, while her subtly patterned Vertically Inclined Stockings are just the kind of darkness-on-darkness color scheme that Wednesday would appreciate.
And following Wednesday, we’ve got Tuesday again (there is so much room for jokes here that we are honestly at a loss), as Wolverine. Snikt! The BEER socks in yellow and black could not be a more perfect choice, as they match both Wolverine’s uniform and personality.
We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our first three days of Halloweek! We highly recommend adopting this yearly tradition, and we’d love to see any costumes involving our socks! In fact, our upcoming newsletter is all about our customers’ costumes, so if you’re not signed up to receive the Dreamer Dispatches, now would be a great time. Happy Halloweek!
It’s almost Halloween, dreamers, and while it’s probably too late for most of you to order socks for your costumes, it’s never too late for a fun, thematic blog post. Join us as we go door-to-door around the website, looking for tricks and treats for Halloween, and beyond!
For our first stop, we’re swinging by the Faux-Laced household. These laced-up looking styles might seem like a treat, but they’re also a trick! Not one of these styles requires actual lacing up – just put them on and go!
The house right next door is all decked out like a gingerbread house. Are they even celebrating the current holiday, or are they already preparing a Nutcracker-themed winter wonderland?? Let’s knock on the door and see….. it’s all good! They’re giving out CANDY, to adults and children alike! As long as you’re wearing a costume, you get CANDY! What a treat!
Across the street there seems to be a house owned by a family of magicians…. or rather illusionists. They aren’t giving out candy, but they are performing illusions for anybody who stops by. These tricks are kind of treats, too! Let’s all suspend a bit of disbelief while nearly-invisible sheer hosiery suspends exciting patterns from your legs, as if by magic!
I don’t know about you, but all of this trick-or-treating is making me hungry for something more substantial than candy. We’re in luck, though, because the last house on our tour has their own take on Halloween treats – baked goods! Get yourself some key lime pie, or berry cobbler, and don’t forget to serve yourself up a big ol’ scoop of Neapolitan ice cream on the side!
Thanks for coming with us on our trip around the neighborhood! It’s always nice to go trick-or-treating with friends, but we’d better be getting home before dark, when the monsters come out… but don’t be scared! They just want to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!