Tender’s rib cotton-linen socks are knitted and hand linked in England from natural unbleached brown linen 3-ply fine weaving yarn, and ecru cotton yarn, with nylon for durability, dyed with traditional dyes. Linen provides excellent vibration absorption, and so is used, laminated with resin, in engine housing panels, and in the hulls of racing cars.
The linen and cotton yarns are fed into the knitting machine from parallel cones, leading to a random flecked pattern of the subtly different yarn colours.
Traditional hosiery (like these socks) is knitted as a long continuous tube of many socks, which are then cut apart into individual socks. These are then linked, which means that the open sock has the two sides knitted together, leaving a flat, seamless, join at the toe. Linking requires the operator to loop every corresponding stitch of the top and bottom of the sock, by hand, onto a knitting machine.
Tender’s socks are made with a loop-back, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or heavy boots.
These Tender socks have been dyed with walnut dyed brown. Husks of Juglans Nigra, black walnut, have been used to create a deep brown for centuries.The first recorded use is in ancient Rome, when walnut was used as a hair dye, an application which was rediscovered across mediaeval Europe. Later, artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Van Dyke used drawing inks made from concentrated walnut. It is a long-lasting colour, and as such has been used in Romani culture to stain the hands of criminals: when the dye wore off the sentance had been served.
Please note that the colour in natural dyed socks may transfer for the first few wears. We recommend washing cool, with similar colours, and not wearing with light coloured shoes until the socks have been washed.
- Knitted from unbleached mohair yarn, with nylon for durability,
- Heavy weight construction with full terry looped sole, suitable to wear with shoes or boots
- Dyed with iron rust
- Circular knitted on mechanical machines
- Hand linked toe
- Fully shaped heel
- Made in England
- One size
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