Socks help prevent painful skin tears

Researchers at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital say the use of simple, specially developed protective socks could help thousands of older people in the UK who suffer from a debilitating skin condition.

The STOPCUTS pilot trial monitored the effects of wearing the socks on volunteers prone to skin tears, a common problem in the over 65’s.

A skin tear involves a piece of skin being peeled back to varying depths by a knock or scrape and occasionally leaving a flap of skin. This can sometimes be put back by doctors, but on occasion, the top layer of the skin is completely...

No-wash socks get an airing at Show

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:55pm

When the Devon County Show opens on May 19 at Westpoint, Exeter, visitors with cheesy feet are likely to be hot footing it to the Angora goats feature.

For Show Steward and Angora goat farmer Steve Whitley is producing a line of odour resistant socks which he claims don’t smell and don’t need frequent washing.

He said the fleeces of angora goats do not trap smelly bacteria in the same way as scalier wool or cotton fibres, and his mohair socks can be worn for as much as a year without washing.

"Our customers started owning up to the fact that they could wear them for...

Odd Socks - free puppetmaking for Easter

Event Date: 
29/03/2016 - 10:30am to 05/04/2016 - 4:00pm
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

2 days of free sock-puppet making for kids. Tue 29 March & Tue 5 April, 2016. Main gallery. 10.30-12.30 & 1.30 - 4pm. FREE Free family drop-in workshops this Easter holiday. Transform material into unusual alien creatures. As part of our main exhibition about recycling textiles ('Make it OK'), you will create a puppet who can star in a mini movie and patch up our planet! Hand stitch, animate - and laugh! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. No need to book. 01626 832223