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Types of cashmere socksA luxurious wool, cashmere is a regular part of quality wool blends, though there are truly indulgent options made with at least 80% cashmere.
Cashmere wool blendsWool blends mix multiple fibers to create a perfect combination of texture, qualities and comfort. An addition of 10% or less of cashmere blended with sheep’s wool and other fibers imparts some of the lightweight softness of cashmere without the price of a higher content cashmere option.
High content cashmere socksOne of the more indulgent options, high content cashmere socks often have at least 60% cashmere, though some higher-end options have more than 80%! Even these cashmere socks have some other fibers blended in, like nylon or Lycra® to reinforce areas of heavy wear, like the toe and heel, to extend their life as luxurious treats for your feet.
Sock Dreams is thrilled to be able to offer some of these high-end cashmere socks, including several made by B.Ella. A favorite for holiday presents, a soft and luxurious cashmere sock is also a wonderful treat to get yourself!
B.Ella cashmereB.Ella makes most of the blended cashmere we offer. Masters of mixing wool fibers to their best benefit, most B.Ella cashmere socks are a blend of mostly virgin wool, viscose, nylon with small amounts of cashmere and angora. Creating affordable blended cashmere socks, B.Ella lets more toes taste the indulgence of cashmere.
They also make most of the high-end cashmere socks we carry, with thick and soft styles in different heights and for different sizes of feet. B.Ella’s cashmere are the perfect indulgence and made in the USA!
Qualities of cashmereThough “cashmere” is named after the Kashmir region in northern India, nowadays cashmere is produced in a range of countries known for their wool farming; like Mongolia, Turkey, New Zealand and Australia.
Technically hair, not wool, cashmere fibers are collected when cashmere goats naturally shed their winter undercoats in the spring. From there the fiber is combed and sorted, and turned into usable fiber blends. It can take up to four years to gather enough cashmere to knit a sweater, which is why cashmere goods can be expensive. That makes cashmere socks, even high-end cashmere socks, a great way to indulge in cashmere without breaking the bank.
Cashmere is a fabulous insulator and is very soft and fine. This makes cashmere socks and blended cashmere socks particularly soft, squishy and cozy!
Caring for cashmereWe’ve gone over proper wool sock care in our Sock Journal and caring for cashmere and blended cashmere socks is a key part in prolonging their life. Cashmere actually gets softer as it is washed, so proper care techniques not only help your cashmere socks last longer; it makes them even more delightful! The steps are very simple:
- Using a detergent or hosiery wash that doesn’t create a lot of bubbles and cool water. Lather and heat plus friction is what causes wool socks to felt.
- Wash the wool sock with as little rubbing or friction as possible.
- Rinse until the water is clear.
- Don’t wring the excess water out of your socks! Instead, press the water out by laying the socks flat on a towel and rolling it up tightly.
- Unroll them and move the socks to a fresh, dry towel, gently pressing them back into their proper shape.
- Leave them in a warm, dry place and remember to turn them over once they start getting dry, so they dry evenly.
I cannot possibly express the sheer force of my utter delight that your Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs (Striped and Solid versions) actually go up to my thighs on my fairly long and very curvy legs. I own four pairs of that particular style now, and plan on purchasing more!
~ Elizabeth G.