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Green seemed like the natural choice to focus on for March. I pointed out last year that even though St. Patrick’s day has been associated with a lot more colours than green, the combo of impending spring and popular holiday means that March means a tide of green! Grabbing samples to look at with you for this post was like bringing warmer weather and hikes in the forest into my cubicle.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define green. 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.
I did find, while sorting through all these delicious, verdant hues, that green appears to fall into five different sub-groups, flavour-wise. It’s not a very scientific classification system, but ooh it is delightful!
But more on that later! First, let’s look at how each supplier does the outcome of yellow+blue.
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We really run the gamut for this hue, from deep to pastel-bright, with a stop at crayon-colour clarity there in the middle!
Not a lot of greens, but they’re one of the few folks who offer a lime! Which is hilarious next to their otherwise subdued greens.
Another “not a lot, but lime!” selection.
They call their green “Kelly” and that’s what it is! There’s a neon green too, but it’s so neon it can’t really be included here. They use the same green whether it’s in their Striped Tights (on the left) or Striped Thigh Highs (on the right).
SO. MANY. GREENS! Each of their main styles offers at least two greens, it’s a lush landscape over here.
Top row, from left to right: Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Kelly), Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Green Tea), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Mint), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Moss Green), Harajuku Arm Warmers (top down: Green Tea, Olive, Emerald Green)
Bottom Row, from left to right: Color Tights in Dark Green, Olive, Pear, Mint
Some brands only have one good representative green, and here they are!
Now let’s look at the quirks and sub-groups of green, after the jump!
There’s just something about impending spring that fires up our crafty itch. Time to make things! Conveniently, March is National Craft Month and just about everywhere online and in the brick & mortar world has lots of fun ideas to kick-start your creative juices.
I love doing our DIY posts here on the Sock Journal, but sometimes the themes can get a bit lost among all the other posts we do. So I’ll start you off with a more solid round-up of DIY posts than the gift-oriented roundup I shared around the holidays. Then! I’ve got one new quickie craft to share with you.
First up, before we really dig in, remember that our DIY Sock Style Pinterest board and our Tumblr’s “DIY” tag have awesome crafty ideas from both us and around the web! Plus, our posts in the Tips & Tricks category has more useful sock care and fit resources.
Modification & Mending
• Darn It! •
• Arm Warmer Basics •
• DIY For Fit: Tights •
• DIY For Fun and Fashion •
• Tips & Tricks for Cutting Socks •
• Lace & Bows, Thighs & Toes (quick way to shorten stockings) •
• Fit Your Shirt to a “T” •
Surface Techniques (painting, etc)
Now, after the jump, let me add one more idea to your mental craft basket: DIY boot toppers! Read more »
Last month, we looked at Purple as the start of some monthly colour focus fun. This month we’re looking at red, because I thought this short month would be a great time to focus on a sorely under-represented colour. Sure, the colour most absent from socks is probably yellow, but bear with me here, it’s seasonally appropriate! And really, with all the winter gloom we’ve been having, I needed the colour punch only red can give!
There aren’t a whole lot of solid red socks out there, they tend to shade into “dark red” (and “burgundy” and “wine” or “Bordeaux” or some other name for fermented grapes) or “rust” (also known as “spice”). This time, we’re just looking at red-reds. A 1940’s lipstick red!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define red. 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!
First, let’s look at the difference between red with black elastic behind it and red with white elastic behind it. In the Cotton Inklined on the left, the hue is a little darker (think “cinnamon candy”). In the Spiral Cotton OTK on the right, the hue is a little brighter (think “cherry candy”).
How much of the elastic colour you see also makes a difference. The O Basics have a slightly thicker yarn than the Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs, making their stitches a little wider and showing more of the black underneath. So even though the yarns are the same colour, the red yarn in the O Basics “pops” a little more because of the more visible, contrasting black.
Now let’s look at representative and key reds across some different brands! I’m focusing mostly on solids and only the most basic stripes, just to keep things simple. A word of warning: pure reds are total monsters to edit, because it’s such a vibrant colour. I’ve done the best I can to properly represent these shades. And I apologise if I blow out your monitor.
Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks
Crayon-clearness of hue, with cotton yarn nearly as pure and bright as the nylon.
Almost always a rich, darker red that sometimes strays a little more blue, but has the decency to be called Bordeaux if it dabbles too darkly.
A very true blue, lipstick-y red, with the heavier gauged yarn of the Bootsocks almost glowing in person.
No variation in this nylon colour. It is red and it is so red.
From the borderline bluer-dark red of the tights to the yellow-cast hue in the legwarmers, there isn’t a regularity but there is a range!
Okay, give yourself some time to blink it out and join me after the jump for some fiber hue comparisons across brands!
So, as I showed you a bit last week, how an individual brand portrays purple across different fibers can vary. “Purple” doesn’t always mean purple the same way. Niq reminded me of another good thing to know about matching colours—the exact same yarn can look different depending on what elastic it is paired with. A great example are our O Chevrons. The Plum O Chevrons are available with black detail and with white detail. The same Plum yarn is used in both, but the elastic is either black or white to create their eponymous design. You can see it easiest on the inside of the sock (on the right, below).
Just that little difference of backing colour can make the hue read differently (bluer, paler, anything!). It’s a good thing to keep in mind when stridently matching and a great thing to remember when playing with monochromatic colour schemes. So many variables! And if you start bringing stripes into it, whew. It’s why I’m focusing mostly on solids.
And those variables include the supplier themselves! Sometimes a yarn colour changes and even though it’s called the same thing (in the case of these Harajuku Scrunchy Socks, their Violet is yarn number 86), a fiber change or dye batch change (or in this case, BOTH!) can make a big change in colour.
So remember, as we look over some good matching options below, if it is a vital colour match you’re trying for, drop us a line and we can help you out! We do our best to update yarn colour changes , but eyes are more reliable than monitors!
Sometimes a colour name and total fiber difference doesn’t mean a thing. The 69% cotton Socklings in Bright Purple are a solid match with the Purple used in the EG Smith Original Bootsocks and GoGo Bootsocks, both of which are 98% cotton!
Another surprising match is Foot Traffic’s nylon Purple (found in tights, thigh highs and knee highs) and the Polonova Longer Velvet Wrist Warmers. Again a plusher fiber adds depth to the colour (and velvet is a beast for colour, with bright highlights and deep shadow, thanks to all that texture), but they are both what I like to call “rather dang purple.”
Nylon and other synthetic fibers are always where you’re going to find the most vibrant examples of a hue. Leg Avenue’s nylon purples and the Acrylic Slouches in Purple are both eye-searingly delightful in their vibrancy.
You’ll find pairings in the strangest places, like the wooly, lush Bea Polka Dot Crew Socks in Purple & Grey have the almost the same crayon vibrance of the EG Smith bootsock purple. The Bea’s black elastic tones the colour down and brings it to the refined palette B.Ella is known for.
One thing I think should always be remembered when playing within a colour is that your feet and legs are pretty far from the rest of you. A close colour match looks a lot more exact if one version is on your feet and another on your hands. Which means you could rock the Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in Plum & Lilac with the Harajuku Arm Warmers in Purple for a pretty dang close match, or the Harajuku Arm Warmers in Violet for a not-exact-but-pretty-close pairing (and because it’s a little darker and more blue than our Lilac, it is almost like the colour baby of both stripes in the socks!).
A closer match for hands and feet would be the Knit Mitts in Grape & Burgundy paired with either the Opaque Solid Nylon Trouser Socks in Plum to match one half, or the Cotton Slouches in Plum to match the other half.
Dark purples and plums are one of the most popular colours we carry, so let’s end this post by gazing with a sigh into some pools of purple.
I hope you are having as much fun with these colour posts as I am, I already am planning the one for next month!
Folks write us sometimes to ask about colour matching. “Do these tights match those socks?” “Is this really that bright?!” Even though we do our best to accurately represent the real-life colours of our socks, everybody’s monitors are different, lighting situations are different, it’s frustrating. So what I thought might be fun is to look at how a colour is represented across brands and fibers, to share the similarities and differences.
I hope to make this a regular thing, not only because it makes my desk look exciting, but because colours are fun! We’re starting with purple, because it is kind of one of our theme colours here.
There’s lots of ways to approach this, but this time around, let’s focus on each brand’s interpretation of “purple” (and variants) across the different fibers they use (and within the fibers they use!). Because different fibers dye differently (as you may have learned in your own experiments). Now, I’m not trying to define purple or argue for why that sort-of-more-maroon shade is called “Plum.” We tend to go by what a supplier or brand calls a colour, so I’m taking some things at face value. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of purple, 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.
First, let’s look at a quick visual of representative and key purples for each brand. I’m focusing on styles that are solid purple (or plum, or violet!) because, more often than not, a brand will use their purple yarns across styles. If they have a big ol’ spool of plum wool on hand, they’re going to use it for stripes and solids! So this is not all the purples.
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
Our house brands have great purples, but most of the time the hue runs to plum.
They have a pretty great representation of purple, across a couple of shades!
They’ve got some very basic purples, in both nylon and cotton.
It’s no surprise that B.Ella offers a rich array of the hue, tending more often than not to plum.
They’ve also got some lovely purples, including their signature “Inky Violet”!
They don’t have a lot of solid shades of purple, but they are a great example of how vibrant the hue can be when used in nylon styles. Put on your sunglasses!
Glorious! This is going to get a bit long and full of pictures, so join me after the jump for more purple and more info! Read more »