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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 »
A new year has begun and we’re busy restocking as fast as our suppliers can get socks to us! With our recent sale and all the great gifts you folks have gotten yourself and others, some of our stock is pretty depleted. We know a lot of you want to use your gift cards and get socked (ahem, I mean “stocked”) up for the new year, but some of the styles you want might not be available right now. What to do (and not do)?!
We get a lot of product questions that aren’t questions about the products at all. Instead of using the Questions and Answers tab on a product page to clarify fit, colour or what-have-you—some people use the space to ask instead: “When will it be back in stock?!”
Probably, if you’ve asked that, you’ll find that we’ve emailed you directly about it and removed your question from the product page. Not because we don’t love you, but because the availability of a style varies by supplier, season and a bunch of other things! So what we have to answer this time might not be applicable six months from now when somebody else is looking at the Questions and Answers.
You may have also poked into our FAQ, looking for the answer to “When are you restocking?” Just like we say there:
It depends on the style! We deal with many suppliers and receive deliveries nearly every day. But we cannot always get what we want when we want it, and sometimes suppliers discontinue things forever. Please sign up to be notified when an item returns and you’ll get an email the same day we add our fresh stock!
So what is the best thing to do when you see the dreaded OUT OF STOCK?
Take courage! The answer to your problems is right there in the same cruel space telling you the socks you want aren’t available. Just take advantage of our automatic notifications and sign up to be notified when new stock arrives. If the out of stock box pops up, just click on “sign up to be notified when new stock arrives” and enter your email in the space provided. You will get an email the same day we get that style back in stock with a helpful link to go get it!
You have two extra options when signing up for stock notifications. You can also check a box to be notified when that brand adds a new style (which is great if you have a favourite brand) and you can check a box to sign up for our newsletter (which is sent out about monthly). If you don’t check those boxes, you won’t be signed up for either of those extra things, you’ll just get an email when that style is back in stock. We know how annoying it is to get unsolicited emails, so we try to make it as easy as we can to opt out and to avoid them.
But what if, instead of a place to sign up for notifications you see this?
Then the fates have decreed that this style, colour or variety is no longer available to us and we shall never see it again. It’s sad, but with over a thousand styles, some things are bound to disappear after a while, if only to make room for new favourites. Though sometimes it is a surprise to us too, you can keep an eye out on styles that are going away by watching our Zap section (more information about that here) or by looking in a style’s Additional Info for the sad phrase “Quantities limited, we will not not be able to restock.”
Another bonus of signing up for notifications about an out of stock style is that if we only get a limited amount (or find a few hiding in our stock room) you get a special email that gets you (and others who have signed up) special access to order it before they’re made available to the general public.
There’s one last benefit to stock notifications, though it is also kind of a bummer. If a style doesn’t return from the great beyond and we have to remove it, you’ll get an email that lets you know. We talked about that a little in the Sock Journal when our site was first able to do that.
“Okay, okay” you say. “So I can sign up for stock notifications. But what if I need a specific style now or by a specific time?!” Why, that is still easy as pie. What you’ll need to do is drop us a line via email with what you’re waiting for (and “black socks” doesn’t count, tell us the style name, colour and size!) and when you’re hoping it will be back by. We often can’t give you an exact date that a style will be back, but we often can pin it down close enough to tell you if it is worth waiting for, or if you might need to find something else. A bonus to writing us directly is that then, if we have bad news for you, we can work together to find another style that might be a good replacement and answer any other questions you may have!
We don’t have all the answers, but we definitely try to get them, so if you’re not in a rush, just sign up for stock notifications and if you need something soon, email us to get the low-down. We’re often as anxious as you to see our favourites back in stock!
Last week I shared styles we carry that have that hand made touch. Now let’s look at some things you can make or personalise as gifts! We’ve got a big ol’ DIY section full of ideas, I’ll share some favourites from there and then point you other places on the crafty web that has more fabulous sock crafting how-tos!
Customising stuff for friends and family can be fun, either by cutting into some socks to make styles you can’t find off-the-shelf, in DIY for Fun & Fashion, or custom-dyeing styles to match the giftee’s wardrobe!
There are more fun things to try in the DIY category of the Sock Journal, but let’s look elsewhere for more inspiration. Our DIY Sock Style Pinterest Board is full of ideas, from a galaxy bleach tutorial at The Sun Was High to a sweet little teddy bear at The Meta Picture.
I think one of my favourite tutorials from around the web is this glorious draft stopper at Squawkfox.
image from Squawkfox
From catnip pillows from retired socks at Craftster, to DIY grippy socks at Cut-Out-And-Keep, there are tonnes of great DIY ideas for socks floating around the web. If you end up solving a last-minute gift emergency with crafty sock superhero skills, share the results with us!
One of the beautiful things about getting somebody a present via the internet is that you can ship it straight to them! Physical mail is fun to get, particularly when it is a present. But there are problems. How do you make sure they wait until the special occasion or holiday to open their gift? How do you leave them a note or hide the price? Well, just read along, we’ve got some tips for you!
It all starts once you checkout. When you get to the page where you enter your information, pay attention to three places:
Make sure your Email address and Daytime phone are your contact info, not the person you’re sending a gift to. These contacts are how you get order and shipping confirmation and how we get a hold of you if there is something wrong with your order. If you put the gift recipient’s info there, then they find out what you’ve got them pretty much as soon as you buy it.
The Delivery Address needs to be the gift recipient (unless you’re shipping it to yourself, because you’re adding it to other, non-sock things, or whatever). If you put your address there, or forget to change it if you have the site set to remember your address, then it’ll go to you, not the person you’re trying to surprise.
To ensure no peeking, use the Company name field. It’s a sneaky trick that we love. The way shipping labels work, whatever you put in the Company name field goes on the line above the delivery address (this is also great place in general to let the postal worker know to leave the package behind the screen door, or with the super). So, if you want your giftee to slow their roll until an official holiday, write that here. Keep it short and all caps for best effectiveness.
Now, on to the Shipping Options page, which you’ll need to pay the most attention to!
If you want to leave a note for the person you’re sending socks to, or you don’t want them to see what you spent, check the “Gift invoice: do not include prices on invoice” checkbox. This does some magic and hides the prices from the gift recipient and! It opens up a nice space for you to leave a note, if you want to.
But what about that first box? If you type stuff there, where does it show up? Well, that’s where you put order notes, the stuff you want us at Sock Dreams to see! If you’re saying hello, requesting stickers, or crafting some emoji masterwork, this is where it goes (if you’re asking about sizing info, it should be emailed to us, not put in your order notes).
Here’s a side-by-side example of where each field goes once it becomes a printed invoice:
So what you type in the “order notes” box goes at the bottom of the invoice and what goes in the gift notes box (which only appears if you check the gift invoice checkbox) shows up at the top of the invoice, so it’s the first thing you see (if you don’t type anything there, no little Gift Note box will show up).
This means that if you’re sending a gift directly to someone, you should probably be aware that your order notes will show up on the invoice! So if you’re sending a gift, the recipient won’t just see the nice note you’ve left,
They’ll also see anything you put in as an order note too!
So make sure, when you get to the page that has you check over your order before finalising it, that everything is right!
Our free USPS First Class shipping in the United States (and free USPS Priority for orders over $50! check our Shipping FAQ) makes sending sock-tacular gifts easy, just remember to click that Gift Invoice checkbox to add a little personalisation to your present!
Using diluted bleach on dark colours is like the bizarro-world version of dyeing light colours! You’re just taking away pigment instead of adding it. There are a lot of great bleach stencilling and painting tutorials out there and Google awaits you with open arms and a bouquet of options. But our lovely Rosalind, who you may know from our Facebook and Pinterest, had a genius idea: stamping!
Since it was her idea, I am letting her take the wheel with the words!
First off, general safety tips!
Follow precautions on bleach bottle and do this in a ventilated area! Craft safely!!
What you’ll need to start:
• Bleach •
• Vinegar •
• A plastic or glass container large enough to submerge tights in water •
• A small, shallow dish or lid (I used a yogurt lid) •
• Paper towels •
• Spray bottle •
• Tights (Foot Traffic’s Signature Cotton Tights are thick enough to not bleed through, even to the inside)
• Rubber stamp(s) – choose patterns that are bold, with no fine lines. Abstract designs tend to work a little better. •
• Newspaper •
• Gloves (optional) •
• A outfit that you can risk getting bleach on •
1. Keep it clean! – Cover your work area with newspapers or a dropcloth.
2. Mix neutralizer – in the large container, mix vinegar with water, about 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water. You don’t have to be super exact. This solution is to stop the bleach and make it safe to toss your stamped tights into a load of your regular laundry for the final washout. No need to run the machine for one item!
3. Make stamp pad – fold a paper towel down to the size of your dish or yogurt lid. You can cut or tear it down to size, but be sure that you do have a few layers in there. Pour a little bit of pure bleach onto the pad – enough to dampen the towel, but not to form a puddle around it. Basically you want it to be about as wet as a real stamp pad with ink would be.
4. Mix bleach spray – in the spray bottle, mix a little bit of bleach into some water. Since you want to be able to distinguish your stamps from the nebulous mist effect that the spray bottle creates, make this pretty well diluted, so that the bleach acts very slowly and can be neutralized before it gets as light as the stamps.
Lots more after the jump!