Arbon Socks – Frome Fairisle
The Frome Fairisle sock is one of Arbon Socks newer designs, knitted in a very soft Falklands Corriedale wool with 30% polyamide for stretch and durability. This is a slightly longer dress sock with a plain knitted heel, toe and plain ribbed cuff – in the Gold colourway the solid knitted sections are dark grey and in the Blue and Blue Madder colourways the solid knitted section are mid grey. The socks have been knitted for Arbon Socks in Scotland using traditional fairisle motifs.
The small which is a shoe size 4-7 has a leg length of 23cm or 9″. The medium size fits shoe sizes 7.5-9.5 and the large, shoe sizes 10-12. Both these sizes have a leg length of 31cm or 12″.
Arbon Socks started trading on 1 February 2018, producing and selling the range of British made luxury alpaca and wool socks developed by John Arbon since 2001. In 2017 John and Juliet wanted more time to focus on their specialist spinning mill which specialises in unique yarn and fibre tops. It was at this point that Kim from Town End Yarns agreed to take over the sock part of the business, moving HQ down to Somerset. John and Kim work together to improve on the existing range and develop new sock styles for Arbon Socks.
Arbon socks are knitted predominately in the Midlands, and all by traditional family businesses. John uses wool from sheep local to him – Exmoor Horn and Exmoor Blueface, whilst Kim uses Blue faced Leicester from around Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. They produce colourful, everyday socks, warm and comfortable walking socks, rugged country socks and the softest, cosy bed socks.