I don’t know about you, but my favourite words are any that describe the feeling of being COZY! Words like comfy, snugly, warmth and homey just make me want to light a fire and cuddle into a soft blanket with a steaming cup of tea! It is by far, one of my favourite feelings! I also love this time of year, sipping on a warm frothy latte while walking the city streets, window gazing and wearing my favourite knitted scarves, mittens (or arm warmers) and even knitted leg warmers. (A little bit of a knit fanatic here! Who’s with me?) Needless to say, I am ecstatic for our newbie knits to arrive! I have to admit, one of my favourite perks of this job is I get to wear the samples around the office and be the first to wear our beauty products… sorry, I don’t mean to rub it in.
Thanks to Adam, our talented photographer, and the naturally beautiful Angela, our model who toughed out the cold weather in Toronto, Ontario in order to create the stunning catalog photos showcasing our knitted goods! Funny story about the photoshoot… Adam is a new resident to Toronto and exploring a suitable place for the photoshoot was a fun adventure for him to get to know the vibrant city. What he didn’t think about was how early the sun goes down this time of year. Angela met up with Adam in High Park, Toronto’s largest public park, when it was already getting dark. Although they both tried their darnedest, it was impossible to get all the shots needed in such a short period of time. Angela was all dressed in her Claire Fraser outfit and froze her cheeks off for nothing. Sorry Angela. At least you didn’t have to wear a corset!
Just as Adam thought he couldn’t feel worse about dragging her, and her boyfriend, out in the cold and wasting her time, he noticed on his drive home that he was full of those pesky, sticky bur seeds from head to toe. Do you know what I’m talking about? When Adam told me, I was rolling on the floor laughing because this past winter I had the same experience walking my dog with my legs covered in those burs! Luckily, I have a short-haired dog so I didn’t have to get them out of her fur. They didn’t stick to her at all. Phew!
Our troopers rescheduled to try and capture our new knitted arm warmers for our promotional materials once more. This time, as they were walking to their location, Adam discovered that Angela and Stephen were also covered in burs from their last photoshoot! Ha! They could not stop laughing! Needless to say, it was all worthwhile because as you can see, the end result is stunning!
Go pour a cup of hot cocoa, cozy up in your snuggly’s and enjoy the rest of your read!
Do you hear the stones? Wear Claire Fraser's inspired by arm warmers when you stumble upon them.
When you visit the ancient stone circle in the Scottish Highlands, be sure to keep yourself warm with these Craigh Na Dun Arm Warmers. Inspired by the ones worn by Claire Fraser herself, these Outlander gauntlets feature a cable design which is luxuriantly soft to the touch. Your chilly arms will thank you for it!
Whether you decide to time travel through the ancient stone circles back to 1743 or stay put in 1945, you’ll be grateful you chose to garnish your wardrobe with our cozy knitted goods. They will last a lifetime, no matter how many voyages you decide to make. Before you step through the stones, we recommend you take in some local druids and admire their rituals. Listening to Outlander folklore will send shivers down your arms!
Meet Angie, The Model!
We asked Angie to write a little about herself and her response “impressed the socks off of us”! What a writer!
Angie Bell is an unrepentant Outlander geek & actress from Toronto who has been dreaming about passing through the stones since she discovered Diana Gabaldon’s beloved series back in 2012.
“Sing me a song of a lass that is gone, Say could that lass be I?”
While Angie always found Outlander’s story & characters compelling, what stole her heart was its love for Scotland and simpler times. Its tale brings to life an age filled with honour, legends and bravery, fraught with both promise and peril. In our sophisticated 21st century world filled with distraction and the never-ending hum of technology, we ache to escape to a past time when people were truly present and not locked to their devices. The dream of slipping back to the 18th century - even for a moment - is intoxicating. It has kept her reading and watching ever since.
She acquired her “Claire Dress” from a historical Costumer & Seamstress in Spain and debuted it at Fan Expo Toronto in 2012. At that same convention, the dress would go on to meet Graham McTavish, the actor who portrays Dougal MacKenzie in Seasons 1 & 2 of Outlander. Now after being featured in AbbyShot’s arm warmer campaign, it’s hard to tell where it will go next. But dinna fash, Sassenachs. I’m sure more adventures await!
For Angie, the entire process of shooting with Abbyshot was unbelievable. Trying on the beautifully designed arm warmers from the show was surreal and shooting with Adam was so much fun. Crazy to think that he managed to transform Toronto’s High Park into the Scottish Highlands. Ahh, the magic of photography! For two glorious hours Angie felt as though she were in Scotland and for that, she will always be grateful.
“Ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak the low road
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.“
Join team Dougal in a game of Shinty while sporting your inspired by MacKenzie arm warmers!
Although these knitted arm warmers are similar to ones worn by Claire Fraser in the Outlander, they sport the MacKenzie name due to the calming blue tones as seen in the MacKenzie Tartan.
These charming knitted goods are the perfect Outlandish companion while travelling with the clan to Castle Leoch or leading the clan in battle during the Jacobite Rising.
Angela definitely experienced something similar to actress Caitriona Balfe. Already having her own Claire Fraser costume was exciting enough. But to be able to wear Claire’s dress in Scottish weather conditions must’ve been a real treat for her! No wonder costume designer Terry Dresbach made a riding coat for Claire. Now that I think of it, I’m sure Angie could have used our version of Claire’s riding coat to keep warm in between shoots.
For those chilly nights on the moor, try these arm warmers, like worn by Claire Fraser!
You may have to brush up on your Gaelic in order to correctly pronounce the name of these Outlander inspired knitted arm warmers! Mo Nighean Donn means “My brown haired lass” which Jamie Fraser affectionately calls his wife Claire often.
Dinna fash or No worries! Not only brunettes are able to wear these neutral tinted goods. No matter what color hair you have, you’ll stay warm while travelling 200 years in the past.
Check out the video below to see the Arm Warmers in action!
Don't forget the "Behind the Scenes" video with some very cool drone footage by Stephen Bell!
I’m curious to know if anyone out is thinking, “I wonder if anything else went wrong during the photoshoot”? Well, yeah, now you know it did because why else would I be mentioning this right!
Angela’s boyfriend, Stephen, decided to be a part of the photoshoot and bring his friendly drone along to take some aerial shots. Unfortunately, the connection was lost while hovering over a tree and came in for a crash landing. Take a look at the 10 second video here. What I gather from Adam, some epic memories were made!
Written by: Leanne Avery & Angela Bell