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I’ve shown you the basics of dyeing socks and how easy it is. All you need is a box of dye and some hot water. But what about styles that aren’t cotton blends? What about non RIT dye options? Well just you wait. Nothing dyes quite as wonderfully as nylon.
You can use RIT on nylon easy. Use our search to find a white nylon style, I’ve even queued up the search terms just for you! If you’re using RIT, it’s okay if it’s a fiber blend, since this dye is made to work on cotton and nylon blends. Just follow the directions on the package, or the DIY we shared with you earlier this year. So plain ol’ black and white Ribbed Pinstripe Leggings plus some RIT in Sunshine Orange can become these Halloween-tastic orange and black leggings! The dye won’t make any difference to the black stripes, so I’m free to choose what colours I want.
What’s wonderful about dyeing socks and tights is that when you can’t find the exact colour you want for something, you can make it!
Now, there is a fiber-specific way you can dye nylon, and there’s even an option at your grocery store! Join me after the jump for more nylon transformation!
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since the last yearly round up, let alone two years that I’ve been writing for the Sock Journal. A year ago our Tumblr was just starting, now we have a giant social media team (seven platforms total!) who keep you all up to date on the latest in sock news.
Because I know I am biased about what I write and nerd about, I asked my fellow Dreamers what some of their favourite posts were this year. The first one suggested was the Mother’s day post Something New for New Mothers. We’d recently introduced maternity support tights and I thought that the comfort and support wonderful tights like these give new moms might be a good match for the holiday.
Of course, you can’t talk about new moms without mentioning dads and apparently I can’t talk about poppas without squealing over how adorable wee baby socks are when they’re paired up with larger-footed midcalves. So the pictures I took for Sock Ideas for New Dads were inevitable.
The recent Deep Sea Socks post was mentioned almost in the same breath as the mother’s day post—which tells you what we think is adorable: babies and multi-legged terrors from the deepest ocean.
Also mentioned was Frills and Lace for February, which compared some recent runway trends with much more accessible options that we carry and made the argument for wearing lacy sheers in the cold beginnings of spring.
I wasn’t allowed to forget the Socks on Film post, partially because I really need to get working on a post about socks on TV, but also because I think a bunch of folks started becoming way more aware of film characters’ leg wear.
Well, those are the posts that others dug. Want to know my favourites? Join me after the jump!
Last week we showed you the basics for dyeing socks. Once you start experimenting more with dyeing socks and fabric, you can also start looking into the wide world of dyes that are chemically formulated for specific fibers. One of the best places around for dyes and dyeing info is Dharma Trading Company. They’re a favourite with Dreamers who love to dye!
Even if you’re not ready for learning the scientific ins and outs of fancy dyes, you can expand your techniques and start playing around with ways to add colour. I’ve got two simple approaches to show you. The easiest (and my favourite) creates something between marbling and tie-dye. Called “low water immersion” or “scrunch” dyeing, it’s always a beautiful surprise to see how it turns out which, for me, is part of the fun.
All you’ll need for this technique are:
• Dye •
• What you’re dying (the unevenly dyed sock half from last week for me!) •
• A container not too much bigger than what you’re dyeing, remember plastic will stain! •
(to see what would work best, scrunch up your sock and try fitting it into various jars and containers)
• A container to mix your dye in •
• Very hot water (like for brewing tea) •
• Optional: vinyl or rubber gloves to keep dye off your hands •
Not that many things, is it? Join me after the jump for the simple run-down and one more easy way to play with dye! Read more »
A little over a year ago on the Sock Journal we introduced our Crafty Bundle, a batch of five mis-matched socks to use as a catalyst for creation! Recently, as we have been rolling the bundles, we realized that there were a bevy of white and off-white socks, more than we could easily add to a bundle without overwhelming it.
Well, the logical thing to do is offer a white and off-white option of the Crafty Bundle, the Dyer’s Batch! You still get five assorted socks, but they’re in easy-to-dye shades (and, since they’re all Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks, easy to dye fibers too!). What I’m especially excited about is that the Dyer’s Batch gives folks a chance to play with dyeing socks without the worry that they’ll ruin a favourite pair. And, if the dye job turns out, it’s easy to whip them into something fun like arm warmers or any of the cool DIY sock ideas we’re pinning to Pinterest!
If you’ve never dyed socks before, don’t stress, it is super easy! We’ll walk you through the basics, so you have the foundation to play to your heart’s content.
For just straight up dyeing cotton blends like the socks in our Crafty Bundles, something easy to get and use like RIT Dye works pretty well, especially if you’re just learning. The common complaint with RIT is that you can’t get strong, vivid colour from it, so keep that in mind. The RIT Dye site has lots of great tips and techniques that are worth checking out, no matter what dye you’re using.
• A glass or plastic bowl or bucket that will easily hold what you’re dyeing •
(remember! Dye will stain plastic, so don’t use your favourite mixing bowl if it is plastic)
• Dye •
• What you’re dyeing! •
• Something to stir with •
Not shown here, because I am a space case:
• A smaller glass or plastic container to pre-mix your dye in •
• Hot water, think “as hot as tea”—doesn’t have to be boiling •
• Optional: gloves so you don’t stain your hands•
Once you’ve gathered your gear, meet me after the jump for the how-to! Read more »
Like many of you, we sometimes feel the strain of a never-ending array of new sites to participate in. But Pinterest has caught our eye, it is full of pretty pictures and inspiration… so we’ve dipped our toes into their pool and are having fun, not only adding pictures of our favorite socks, but also shots of our critters, stuff we no longer carry, people we miss, comparison shots, some of our fun invoice drawings and, of course, things that simply inspire us. This is just the beginning… Do you Pinterest?