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Fall is right around the corner, if you squint you can see it! School is about to start or has already started for lots of folks and we’ve got your sock curriculum all planned out. We’re going to sock-school you!
However you feel about school, writing and the arts of language is a vital foundation to life (we have words to thank for our sassy, punny copy, for instance!). So grab your pencil and some paper to take down a few notes.
Creativity is key and it’s amazing what can blossom between restraints of form. That could be the limits of a form poem, or working with given prompts. An example! Let’s try a triplet, three lines using the same rhyme and forming a complete little thought unto themselves.
And for inspiration, some words.
Okay, let’s try . . .
The evil jinn, not gin the drink,
Poured himself a glass, and sat to think.
And as he drank, began to shrink.
Wait, are you even paying attention. You’re reading comic books, aren’t you?
I mean, comic books are great, and actually a perfect example of what restraints of form can do in inspiring the creative process. It’s just, a little rude when I’m all trying to teach up-over here. But I can take a hint. Let’s move on to a related subject.
The visual arts go hand-in-hand with written language. They can convey and document, suggest and imagine. More than just pretty pictures, it’s how people decorate their world through architecture and textiles and how that process influences and is influenced by society.
• Maroc Midcalf (architectural design in form of repeating tile patterns) •
• Folklore Midcalf (simplistic motif used to convey story and feeling) •
• Art Deco Tights (highly influential visual style that influenced all aspects of life) •
Though the kind of paintings that hang in museums get a lot of attention, work that should never be overlooked is that inspired by or related to handicraft and entertainment. Silhouette scenes and patterns cut from card are a great example of this. Though silhouette portraiture was popularised in the Victorian era, paper cut scenes were a popular way to illustrate books since the late 18th century and their use in shadow theatre is an ancient art.
Oh, there goes the bell! Well, I’ll see you back here after lunch (or, ahem, next week) for your last two classes, science and math. Don’t make that face, it’ll be fun.
Well dreamers, we’ve come a long way since the days of yore, when Mr Natosi (known to friends & coworkers as Bsti) single-handedly ran the shipping department: back then records were hand written on actual paper, if you can believe that. Nowadays Mr Natosi has to spend more time making “Big Picture” decisions with our Officers Department, and it now takes three dedicated shippers to keep the orders moving out the door within 24 hours! This is a story about those three shippers (and we’ll be getting back to Bsti and the other Officers in our next installment of Department Spotlight) and the integral work that they do for us.
The longest-standing member of our shipping team would be Ryan (or “Yon High Chancellor of the Excellent Guild of Packagers” as he apparently likes to be called –this alone is probably more telling of his personality than anything that will follow), who has been with us since August of 2007. He spends his days packaging socks for shipment as fast as is humanly possible while maintaining a high level of accuracy, as well as helping people to track down their socks when packages go missing in the post. His favorite socks are Dreamer Socks — any Dreamer Socks, because in his opinion, these are the perfect year-round sock. The coverage adds enough warmth for all but the coldest days, and the weave gives enough breathability for all but the hottest days. Lastly, if you hate scrunchy, slouchy socks like me, then you’ll be pleased to know that these tend to stay where you put them on your legs. His favorite parts of the job are the inclusive atmosphere, awesome coworkers, pride in great service, invoice drawings (of which he is a master) and lighthearted snark (of which he is even more of a master). That’s a lot of favorites! When asked what advice he would give to our customers, he had this to say: Patience. Insurance. Double check shipping addresses before submitting an order, as autofill has garbled many over the years. USPS is very good at what they do, but if you’re worried about the status of an order, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will provide additional help as we can.
Next up is Sixten, who started less than a month after Ryan. His favorite part of working for Sock Dreams is his coworkers, which is the only acceptable answer (kidding!). Back to the socks: his favorites are Nouvella’s Space Dyed Knee Highs, because like all space dyed socks, no two are alike; but these usually form wild patterns of stripes, rather than just being kind of spotty. The stripes are randomly generated! Within the shipping department, Sixten is the go-to guy for international shipping questions – he’s also the genius who brought you free international shipping during the month of July this summer! His advice in regards to sock transportation: No need to ask for quick processing, every order is shipped out incredibly quickly. If you need socks by a certain day, though, call us and let us know! We’ll work something out so you get the socks in time.
The third and final department member is the incredible Tuesday! She joined forces with us just about a year ago. In addition to the obligatory love of her coworkers, she really appreciates the discount on socks and HEALTH INSURANCE. Her favorite socks are the Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks, in any color. Why? Because I can wear them every possible way with pretty much any outfit. Tuesday is known for doing two jobs at once with great efficiency; assembling orders with the rest of the Stock Room Team, and then running off to Shipping to package them! Since we ship everything within 24 hours (Sundays aside) that’s both incredibly helpful and impressive. Tuesday advises you to be sure to carefully read your email confirmations for address or order problems so we can catch them before they are packaged up, or worse, out the door!
So there we have it: shipping! As you can see, the common themes in this department are hilarity and a sincere desire to get socks to their assigned feet in the most efficient and timely manner possible. You may now rest assured that your purchases will pass through the incredibly capable hands of at least one of these talented individuals. Should you find yourself in need of more details, check out our Shipping Information page, but as mentioned above, this trio is always happy to help via phone or email!
It is almost time for Dragon Con! Our glorious socks are on their way as we speak. I’d like to think that they are as excited to travel to Atlanta as we are. Starting Friday August 29th, we will be surrounded by anime enthusiasts and cosplay aficionados, and loving every minute of it! If you are in the area, come and join us in the first floor exhibit hall, red zone, booth 1506.
While you are there, you can pick up one of our three new stickers. You may recognize the lovely ladies from one of our favorite book series and tv shows. Here is a sneak peek to tempt you.
It’s going to be an amazing event and we are going to have hundreds of our amazing socks including our own Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks. We’ll also have many of our favorites from Sock It To Me, Gumball Poodle, and more! It will be a great time to stock up on socks because…
Winter is coming.
I know I said that Yellow was an under-represented colour, but Orange shows up even less. Once you take “rust” and “spice” out of the equation (which I did with Red as well), there’s hardly enough to count. Look at how well they all fit in this one bin, not a bit of spillover!
As I’m saving pastels and neons for another day, we’ll just focus on that delicious crayon-orange. There are lighter shades and brighter shades and ones that dance the edge of rust, but overall it’s a pretty straightforward colour.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define orange. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of red, both Wikipedia and the Color Sorting Wiki are kind of amazing resources. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t. That said, let’s get down to it!
As our Dreamer Socks only enlist orange in a spice/rust variant, it’s just Dream Stockings that offer orange as an option. The nylon version is definitely more of a red orange, while the cotton Sherbet and Tangerine have a yellow undertone.
An outrageous orange that battles your monitor’s capabilities of rendering it accurately, EG Smith’s orange is slightly more vibrant in their Ribbed Bootsock.
Now, I’m showing the Striped OTK in Black & Neon Orange just so you can have a good comparison against the Black & Pumpkin. Word on the street is that the Black w/Pumpkin is being discontinued, more’s the pity.
Suprisingly, Tabbisocks, who offers ALL the colours, only has about one representation of plain ol’ orange. It’s a good, reliable orange. Bright, but not glaring. The arm and leg warmers aren’t an exact match (totally different fiber content will do that), but they match well enough to be worn together, since they’re on totally different ends.
There are some scattered representations of orange throughout our suppliers. They tend to range carefully in straight up “orange” if they’re not fully embracing spice and rust.
Oh, and this pretender
You may be doubting me when I say that rust and spice are their own thing and shouldn’t be counted with orange. I think a great example of how different rust can be is shown in the Jellies Arm Cozies in “Orange.” Ma’am that is rust.
After the jump, let’s take a gander at the loose sub-categories of orange that exist even in this small a sample of styles!
I honestly cannot believe I’ve been writing these weekly Sock Journal entries for four years! I swear, if I didn’t do these posts about how long I’ve been writing the Sock Journal, I would never realise the speed of time passing.
I mean, how is it that I’ve gone a whole year and only done one post on Tips & Tricks and it was just a guide to how to measure to find the best fitting socks and one giving you tips on using gift notes to best advantage!
Those are still like, super useful, but I need to step up my game!
Putting together the Dreamers Recommend posts is a fun challenge. It’s tough for some of us to pick a favourite! And those of us who’ve worked here a long time have favourites that haven’t been made in years, or were a weird sample. So when you’re told “what do we have that is currently available that you love the most” your brain does a cartoonish screech as it puts on the brakes. Of course, once a person’s slept on it they can come up with a couple (or a couple dozen!).
As enjoyable as the birthday Dreamer posts are, the colour focus posts are definitely the most indulgent. I get to stroll through the stock room, plucking examples of colours like fruit! It’s the best kind of harvest!
I also love that it gives me a chance to use words to explain colours that can never be perfect across all monitors (as the teal/turquoise post proved!).
I mean, really, when it comes down to it, I’m trying to make the Sock Journal a good go-to for tips and general information about socks. Our stock is ever-changing, so I’ve got to write posts that will stand the test of time and keep helping folks in the years to come. So I get as much joy out of writing about how restock notifications work . . .
. . . as I do putting together DIY posts!
I guess if you start breaking all my posts down to the basics, they’re just be explaining and nerding on specific sock and sock-site things. Which is pretty much the best. Thank you for reading and, as always, I’d love to know socky things to nerd out on next!
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