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The legends say that we were made from sugar, spice, and, I don’t know, niceness. The thing is, when the world has gone to the wolves, sugar is hard to come by. Spice is a luxury. And niceness? That can get you into a whole lot of trouble. So, our creator made us with the tools he had at hand. Grit, steel, and regenerated cotton.
I’ve heard the crazy rumors about us. They say we can fly and shoot laser beams from our eyes. Lies. You wanna know the secret to our true super power? Socks. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Socks? Really? In this day and age?” I get it. Radiation storms blast through the lands. The dead rise hungering for flesh. And giant apes are trying to take over the world. But I’m telling you, our socks are the key to all of our heroics.
There was the time that the three of us were captured by a mutant. I kid you not, he had claws for hands. He locked us in a tower, while he plotted our demise. Fortunately, he left the window unlocked. It was a piece of cake to tie our Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs into a rope and climb to the balcony below. We were able to take him by surprise and put an end to his reign of terror.
The rumor about our super human strength is also complete bunk. I’ll tell you though, it’s incredible what a sturdy pair of socks and some leverage can do. One time, we were tracking a gang of delinquent boys. These guys were no evil masterminds, but they were rowdy enough to cause serious trouble in the settlements nearby. They’d holed up in an old gas station. An ancient water tower stood looming behind it. With the help of my sisters and a well placed Dreamy Knee, I was able to pull a rusty support beam free. Brought the whole thing down and the boys came running right into our trap.
Socks have been essential to our survival in the outer wastelands. I’ve used my socks to start fires, snare food, make shelter. One time, I even used my Spandex Fishnets as a sling shot. Lodged a stone in the gullet of a lightning breathing iguana. Sure, there are actual monsters roaming the streets, and angry cyborgs wreaking havoc. But all I need are some good socks to keep me safe in this crazy world.
I’ve got to go. Just got word that the giant robot we’ve been hunting is planning to crash the Boston Comic Con. Can you believe they still hold those? I suppose nowadays, we all want to believe in heroes. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a hero, meet us in Boston. We’ll be at the Seaport World Trade Center from July 31st to August 2nd. And we’ll bring plenty of socks.
June is LGBT Pride Month and we celebrated by vending at our home town’s festival, Pride NW. We had an absolute blast and sold a lot of rainbow socks. For those of you who may be looking to express your own pride, we wanted to tell you about three of our most popular choices.
The Queer Pride socks from Gumball Poodle were definitely our best selling knee highs during the festival. These Sock Dreams exclusives are made for us right here in the USA. Each sock has words written on both the inside and outside of the leg, one sock showing the word Queer and the other proclaiming Pride. If you want to show off your pride, these socks will shout it loud and clear.
Those who were looking for something a tad more subtle definitely favored the Harvest Rainbows. This muted rainbow stocking comes in several different lengths, from a crew, to a knee high, to a thigh high, and all the way up to our famous Extraordinarily Longer variety. They also come in two different sizes for children. These socks are made from regenerated cotton and the longest version has a cuff stretch of up to 27 inches!
And last, but definitely not least, are our Radiant Rainbows. These were far and away the most popular socks at Pride NW. They come in the same variety of adult lengths as the Harvest Rainbows. The crew version also comes in two foot sizes, small/medium, and medium/large. It is the soft, acrylic yarn with which these are made that allows for such vibrant colors. Folks looking for something with a brilliant spectrum, extraordinary stretch, and fabulous comfort, need look no further. If you’re ready to share your pride, these three sock choices are perfect for you.
UPDATE: After this morning’s historical Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage throughout the country, there is no better time to show your gay pride!
We had a great time at our last event, Denver Comic Con. There were over 100,000 nerdy enthusiasts in attendance over the weekend. We got to meet thousands of amazing people and made quite a few new Sock Dreams fans. We can’t wait to get back there next year.
Our next event is taking place right in our own home town. We will be vending at Pride Northwest! It will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon from noon to 6pm on June 13th and 14th. It was listed on newnownext.com as #1 on their list of “10 pride festivals you’ve never been to but should.” With Governor Kate Brown as Grand Marshall of the pride parade, it should be quite an event!
If you need some help showing off your pride we will have plenty of rainbow socks, as well as many others, at booth P-5. We’ll be on the main promenade, close to the Morrison side of the sound stage. Martha Wash of “It’s Raining Men” fame, will be headlining on the stage, so we’ll be having a lot of fun at our booth. We’ll also be right next to the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, so you know it will be a blast!
As always our DreaM Stockings and Dreamer Socks will be marked down from our web prices, so stop by to stock up on your favorites.
Many of us Dreamers are big fans of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, so when we saw the latest Dream Stocking Design—the Sporty Striped OTKs—Fionna the Human was the first thing that came to mind. For years, we’ve had people emailing us looking for the perfect socks for Finn’s female alter-ego. We’ve even got two DIY options for her signature socks in one of our blog posts, DIY: Drawing Detail. Now at last, we’ve got an easier option for Fionna cosplayers. There are even two different blue stripes to choose between, so that you can better match your socks to your outfit.
Rae was quick to jump on the idea of a Fionna cosplay; as our Events Coordinator she gets to see the best con-goers up close, and has always wanted to get in on the action. Rae’s pretty new to cosplay, and Fionna is a great costume for beginners. Most of the outfit consists of articles of clothing you might already have in your arsenal, making this a great “closet cosplay.”
Rae already had a suitable blond wig, but she took to our local thrift stores to find the perfect skirt and shirt for Fionna. It took a bit of digging, but that just made the outcome all that more rewarding!
With the main pieces taken care of, it was time to worry about the one thing we couldn’t find at a thrift store: Fionna’s hat. Fortunately, her hat is pretty simple, and offers a great chance for beginning cosplayers to try their hands at some sewing. We found a great pattern on Instructables.com. It’s specifically a Finn hat, but you just need to make the ears longer (and a bit more “bunny” shaped) for Fionna.
At this point, Rae’s outfit was essentially complete, but it still needed that last little thing to pull the whole costume together. Namely, the backpack. The Instructables pattern we used for the hat also has some instructions for a decorative version of the backpack, which should be pretty easy for beginners. We ended up going a different route and basically drafting our own, because with all the hauling we have to do at cons, we really wanted something that could do double duty: both style and function! And we just couldn’t pass up this themed fabric from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. Be warned though, backpacks are tricky things to make at the best of times, so drafting the backpack is not a project we recommend for beginners.
Rae will debut this costume at Denver Comic Con this weekend; say hi if you see her! We’ll be at booth #802.
For us, Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo, came and went in a blast of frigid wind, a sprinkling of unseasonable snow, and a mad rush of pop culture enthusiasm. As you can imagine, we ran into a wild assortment of sock loving characters.
On Friday one of our first customers was Jillian in black O Basics, who solemnly swore that she was up to no good. Once Saturday hit, the place was hopping. That’s when Liz, a.k.a Ramona Flowers, roller bladed into our dreams wearing seafoam M45’s and Super Stripes. Finally, Jess and Hanna, or rather Harley and Ivy, stopped by to show off the socks they had purchased from us the day before. Jess is sporting a convention exclusive variety of our M45’s and Hanna has on our Vertical Cotton OTK’s.
Sunday was the final day of C2E2, and before the show had even officially opened we were visited by Anthony, a true Renaissance man in purple and sherbert O Basics. Later in the day, we had the opportunity to catch Tosha, an exceptional Vulpix Pokemon in another pair of sherbert O Basics. We also caught Dustin doing a fine impersonation of Archer ogling Lana, portrayed by Lindsey, who’s ever popular O Basics were in a lilac shade.
At 5pm the show was over, and we packed our few remaining socks and sent them home. But don’t you worry, we will be bringing them and many other with us to Denver Comic Con over Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re in the area, and you’ve got a great cosplay that makes use of our products, be sure to stop and let us snap a photo and we may feature you in our next post convention write up.
If you have an amazing cosplay featuring Sock Dreams socks or accessories, but you will not be at any of the events we will be visiting, we’d love it if you would email us a photo. Anyone who emails a valid cosplay photo to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a special coupon code that can be used on their next purchase. All cosplay photos collected from now until October 23rd will also be held in consideration for our new annual Cosplay contest. Rules and prizes will be announced soon!