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Okay, for real now, it’s leg warmer season. My ankles are cold and after a couple of days of complaining about it I remembered all the leg warmers I have exactly for this season. I think most folks don’t consider leg warmers as a dated fashion accessory any more, they’re just a perfect way to stop drafts between your shoe and pants, or to add another layer over leggings or under boots.
How much leg warmer you want is going to vary though. How much scrunch can you handle? Do you need ‘em to go up as high as they can for extra cold mornings? Are they going over pants or bare legs and tights? Well, we have two styles that each have two coverage levels that might just be exactly what you’re looking for.
Let’s look at the two main styles and then we can compare!
Long Cuffable Warmers
Though originally only available in a 33 inch length, the Long Cuffable Scrunchable Leg Warmers now come in a shorter version for folks who just don’t need that much leg warmer. The Shorty Scrunchable Warmers, a mere 20 inches long, are also available in bolder, more jewel-toned colours. Both are made in the classic cotton blend most of our Dream Stocking styles are, which is great for folks who want warmth without fuzzy halos.
With a stretch of 21 inches at the “top” cuff, the longer version is good option for slimmer thighs that would like their leg warmers to stay up. The shorties have a 22 inch stretch throughout and are great for folks with shorter inseams who just don’t want that much legwarmer and fuller calves that want a leg warmer without all the extra length. They also make a great sleeve-style arm warmer!
Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers
A Foot Traffic classic, they come in the 40 inch Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers and the shorter Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers, which are 20 inches long. Fuzzy in texture, they’re 70% acrylic, which means they dry fast, so they’re awesome in snowy or rainy weather. A couple of the colours are available in both lengths, but the long version has some new, ultra-delicious options that we’re in love with.
The Super Long Ribbed have one cuff that is tighter, stretching to only 25 inches (24 for the Charcoal), the body and cuff at the other end stretch to 30 inches! The shorter version have less stretch, with 20 inches at the tighter cuff, 27 inches at the other cuff and 29 inches in the body of the leg warmer.
Now, let’s compare!
Or, if I may, let’s see how they stack up against each other. . .
Both styles, as you may have noticed from my descriptions, have a tighter cuff and a looser cuff. The tighter cuff is supposed to be the “top”, and is tighter because of the thin bands of elastic threaded through the top row of stitches.
The “bottom” cuff is just the finished, ruffly end of the legwarmer itself, so it has practically the same stretch as the rest of the warmer—uninhibited by elastic’s rules, man.
And you too can reject what’s supposed to be up or down and wear them as you will! Most ankles are narrower than calves and thighs, so it works out well to have the less stretchy bit down there. Keep in mind, though, that the stretchier end has little stay-up power and will need to be paired with a sock garter like the Simply Adjustables to stay up through your day.
Texture-wise, the ribbed knit legwarmers are fuzzy, wuzzy and (for some folks) a little itchy when worn against thin tights or bare skin. Due to their killer stretch, that works out well, as they are AMAZING over pants and a lot of legs find they will go even over jeans.
The Scrunchables are a thinner cotton and a little snugger. So they have a sleeker look, both in texture and how they fit against and over you. I personally find them less than ideal to go over trousers, but they are perfect over tights and leggings.
So, two different leg warmers that are also very similar. Between them, four singular styles to select from to keep those ankles draft-free and to add another layer of warmth as we snowball into winter!
Using diluted bleach on dark colours is like the bizarro-world version of dyeing light colours! You’re just taking away pigment instead of adding it. There are a lot of great bleach stencilling and painting tutorials out there and Google awaits you with open arms and a bouquet of options. But our lovely Rosalind, who you may know from our Facebook and Pinterest, had a genius idea: stamping!
Since it was her idea, I am letting her take the wheel with the words!
First off, general safety tips!
Follow precautions on bleach bottle and do this in a ventilated area! Craft safely!!
What you’ll need to start:
• Bleach •
• Vinegar •
• A plastic or glass container large enough to submerge tights in water •
• A small, shallow dish or lid (I used a yogurt lid) •
• Paper towels •
• Spray bottle •
• Tights (Foot Traffic’s Signature Cotton Tights are thick enough to not bleed through, even to the inside)
• Rubber stamp(s) – choose patterns that are bold, with no fine lines. Abstract designs tend to work a little better. •
• Newspaper •
• Gloves (optional) •
• A outfit that you can risk getting bleach on •
1. Keep it clean! – Cover your work area with newspapers or a dropcloth.
2. Mix neutralizer – in the large container, mix vinegar with water, about 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water. You don’t have to be super exact. This solution is to stop the bleach and make it safe to toss your stamped tights into a load of your regular laundry for the final washout. No need to run the machine for one item!
3. Make stamp pad – fold a paper towel down to the size of your dish or yogurt lid. You can cut or tear it down to size, but be sure that you do have a few layers in there. Pour a little bit of pure bleach onto the pad – enough to dampen the towel, but not to form a puddle around it. Basically you want it to be about as wet as a real stamp pad with ink would be.
4. Mix bleach spray – in the spray bottle, mix a little bit of bleach into some water. Since you want to be able to distinguish your stamps from the nebulous mist effect that the spray bottle creates, make this pretty well diluted, so that the bleach acts very slowly and can be neutralized before it gets as light as the stamps.
Lots more after the jump!
Summer officially began last week and although we know some of you prefer to totally eschew socks in the warm months, this summer we’ve got some skimpy little footies to line your shoes and some fabulous openwork styles to add a little more coverage even when you’re wearing less for the weather.
Tabbisocks rocked our, um, socks this summer with a delightful batch of no-show footies. Most of them have a soft, squishy pad under the ball of the foot, to add a little more cushion and care. We love this feature, because a lot of dress shoes and sandals don’t have much cushion! If you love these socks, get them while you can, because we’ve found Tabbisocks treats a lot of their styles seasonally and we might not have these into the colder months!
Footie socks are pretty sweet when the sun starts beating down. They’re a protective layer between you and your shoes, absorbing sweat and helping prevent blisters. A couple of sportier footie options (all of which will show more over your shoes than the Tabbisocks no-shows) are the Bamboo No Show 3-Packs, the Lightweight Running No-Show Toe Socks and the pedicure-perfect Bella Half Toe No Shows with Grip.
But what if you would like to still cover your legs a little, even while wearing shorts? Our Openwork category to the rescue! More than just fishnet and lace, openwork comes in a wonderful array of variations to suit your style and shows a bit more skin than regular lightweight styles.
What is (I think) pretty fun about our Openwork category is that it lets me link you directly to the scrumptious Foot Traffic “texture” styles. Named after fancy, famous cities, they’re Dreamer and customer favourites when it comes to layering! And I could not just pick a couple to show you, so here are all of them!
If you do keep on wearing socks in the summer months (and goodness knows, we do!), what is your game plan? Lightweight legcoverage or just enough fabric to keep your feet from becoming one with your shoes?
Last week our socks danced the first half of The Nutcracker ballet for you. After a brief intermission, the classic tale finishes this week—remember, if any of the principal players strike your fancy, links to the styles are scattered throughout the narration. Now, shhhh, the lights are dimming and the performers are coming out . . .
Traditionally, the nutcracker turns into a human prince after Marie helps defeat the mouse army. But Marie likes the nutcracker the way he is, so he stays the way he looks, but has a more royal bearing now. They romantically dance in the snow.
Then coffee stripes wrestle a little bit, because they’re kind of wound up on caffeine.
Candy cane-coloured red and white stripes twist about.
But the dancers begin disappearing . . .
And Marie is all alone.
She wakes up at the foot of the Christmas tree, next to the still broken nutcracker.
With determination, Marie goes back to sleep, back to the Land of Sweet Socks. If it was all a dream, what a sweet, sock dream it was!
The Nutcracker Ballet is a classic winter tale and there have been many interpretations. So we thought we’d have a go at reinterpreting The Nutcracker in socks. If any of the principal players strike your fancy, links to the styles are scattered throughout the narration. Let’s begin!
The scene opens on the Sockerhaus home, the tree of green DreaM Stockings has been decorated for the holiday in lights and ornaments with stars on top. Marie and her brother Fritz admire the trimmings.
He’s brought with him a wonderful toy, a fanciful nutcracker shaped like a soldier.
Suddenly, an army of mice appear, led by a ferocious king mouse.
But what happens next? Tune in next week for the socktastic conclusion of The Nutcracker Sock Ballet!
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