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Sock Dreamers have their head in the clouds and their eyes full of stars. We’ve talked about Moon Day (July 20th) before and starry sock options, but it’s been a while and as our site matures we’ve made better ways to pin down spacey styles. Perhaps you could even say we’ve become more adept galactic explorers.
Let’s start with a general sweep of the system, and look at what comes up for the tag “space”. Our tags are a little tricky, they mostly exist to help us offer guided searches and make sure certain styles come up when you’re looking for something specific. See, if you search “space” you get 45 different styles, a whole lot of which are space dye.
It’s an awesome and an enjoyable browse. But if we want to show off our space themed socks for a space-themed reason, we need a more precise search. That’s where our tag system comes in. It makes sure that things that don’t have the word “space” in their copy at all (like the Rhinestone Starlight Knee Highs) show up if you search for “space” while also letting us make a laser guided selection of styles that are more specifically about space.
And all of that is just a long-winded way to explain the funny looking stuff that shows up before a search term sometimes when we point you to our Advanced Search here on the Sock Journal or out on our social media.
Let’s get back to space. We’re a little loose with the term, but if there are copious stars, planets or what have you, we’ll make sure they’re there when you search “space.” Sure, a couple are a little more grounded than floating free,
And others are a bit more goofy and playful than maybe your particular idea of “space”, but their heart is in the right place (that place is space).
If you want to explore a more specific quadrant, the tag “stars” nets you not only the celestial bodies, but the classic shape and other, more artistic renderings.
If you need the kind of stars that are separate suns, each offering light and warmth to a system of worlds, then using the old school search tip of “AND” to link the “stars” and “space” tag tightens up the bounds a little. Not a lot, but a little.
See, space is this ever-present thing that inspires so much human design. It’s always right there, on the other side of the night sky, so of course we’re going to use our ideas of things like the moon in everything from semi-scientific illustration to purely symbolic shapes.
The vastness of space is like an open sea to swim our imagination in. There’s a space dye colour for that, actually, “Space Ocean”!
Though it may not be what you’re looking for, when you’re looking for space, space dyed styles, with their unpredictable layering of different yarn colours, evoke some of that magic, mystery and fun of that expanse just beyond our sky.
Holy moly, not only does this year make it three entire years we’ve been at Indigo HQ, but our brick-and-mortar shop has been in Sellwood exactly twice as long! Six years ago we got our little shop in Sellwood, setting in motion the luck that brought us to a new HQ and stockroom space just a few blocks away.
In all that time we’ve really settled into this little area, finding places to go for photoshoots, like the amusement park, where we commandeered a carousel to shoot some stripes:
Or our the dreamy gelato cart that shows up in the summer behind our shop:
Last year I talked about the cool places we were finding in the neighbourhood to shoot socks and, in general, several awesome new things have happened to help our product photos. Since we mostly rely on Dreamers as models, we have to find places nearby (so we don’t totally disrupt the workday).
That’s what made one of the newest things so great! There’s been lots of construction doings at Westmoreland park the past couple of years and they finally finished! Improving the water space for birds and fish, adding awesome play areas for the community and so much more, it’s become a favourite place to get the perfect sock shot! The placid pond (with duck in blurry background) and rad rockpile for adventurous climbing were just what we needed as backdrops for the Here There Be Monsters Midcalves!
The park is actually a healthy walk away and we don’t always have time to trek out there. It can make it difficult to keep things interesting, visually and for model and photographer, when you’re using the same space over and over. Luckily (or not?), when I needed a background to make the Rhinestone Starlight Knee Highs really pop, our parking lot helped out by bursting and sagging in a way that looked like a barren moonscape. It’s patched now though, because parking on the moon is a pain.
It’s not just finding new places to shoot, sometimes we need new feet. Our Dreamers rock and are awesome models, but there are only so many of us and that means there are only so many body types and fit experiences for testing styles.
Thanks to our Tumblr, we were able to put out the call to some awesome folks near us to come and model (and test!) some new products. Having our HQ in a place with good spots to go shoot made it all the more fun and easy (being in the heart of spring with the best petal-fall ever was a plus!) to work with these gorgeous folks!
We don’t always have to look outside HQ to find new models! Two pairs of little feet who accompany their mom to HQ are growing up into pretty amazing people who are super good at sitting still, even if the oldest is three. Yup, the biggest of our little feet came around not too shortly before we moved to Indigo HQ!
There’s one more change at Indigo HQ that I haven’t taken enough advantage of and that’s the little photo studio corner that has been set up inside. I did find it to be the perfect background for the dramatic Sheer Woven Diamond Illusion Tights, but with all this nice weather nowadays I’m taking outdoors while I can get it.
Three whole years at Indigo HQ and twice that at the Sellwood Shop! How time flies when you’re dreaming of socks!
It’s been warming up here in Portland, Oregon and finding the right socks for this weather has been a real chore for us! If you’ve also been perusing our Summer Collection for socks to wear while trying to beat the heat, you’ve probably noticed an unofficial theme of lightweight and openwork items. Together, the two make for a cute and comfy combination that is perfect for the warmer weather! We have a quick and simple way to add some visual interest to those footies and no-shows that only requires some basic sewing skills.
For this project you will need the following items:
• A pair of footies or no-shows; we chose the Vera No Shows. Not only are they a soft, recycled cotton blend made in the USA, they have a white contrast cuff around the sides and back that went perfectly with the trim we found.
• A form to stretch the sock on while sewing; we used the form that the footies came on as a sort of guide while sewing these. However, if you don’t have one you could always try the sock on and measure how long your trim needs to be.
• Your choice of trim; we went with a cotton eyelet lace
• A sewing needle
• Thread that matches your socks
• A bottle of anti-fraying glue (we used Fray Block)
Step One: Turn your sock inside out and place it on the form your footies were packaged on to determine how long your trim needs to be. You can also try the sock on and measure out the trim that way. Begin pinning the trim along the front of your footie.
Step Two: Using a basic running stitch, sew your trim to the sock. Be careful when doing this step because if you sew the trim to the footie without checking the stretch, it might be too tight! Make sure you check the tension.
Step Three: Cut off the trim where it meets the side edges of the sock and apply an anti-fraying glue to the freshly cut ends of the trim to make sure they stay tidy.
Once you’ve completed the last step, simply repeat on the other sock. After the glue dries, you are good to go!
If you have any suggestions or tips for adding sweet little adornments to your socks, we would love to hear them! Let us know what you think in the comments below!
It’s easy enough to say what white is not, it’s not supposed to be a colour and it’s not “off-white” (which is a problematic colour to pin down anyway). But even so, when it comes to actual objects, whites have a colour cast that can be frustrating when you’re trying to colour match.
I’d say white is actually one of the toughest colours to match, purely because there is so little colour to work with. But even if this white doesn’t match that white, that doesn’t make it off-white! Ideal white is almost an impossible thing in clothing. In manufacturing tints of blue are often added to the process to balance the inherent yellow-warmth of most fibers and trick the eye into thinking the white is more true.
Easily influenced by what’s around it, due to pure power of reflectiveness, its mutability can be tricky. The only difference in the O Chevrons below is that the left sock has black elastic and the right sock has white. But the yarn of the sock on the left looks grey!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define white. It’s a very scientific colour, really, and if you want more on it, Wikipedia has the starter details. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these non-hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t.
Now, let’s float off into the nothing and everything that is white!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We have two variations of white. The cotton blends that make up most of our socks are a clean, blue-hinting white. The nylon yarn in the N40s have a yellowy-green undertone next to bluer whites, though they become brilliantly so-bright-who-cares-how-white outside.
The only variance to the softer, clean-cotton tint of B.Ella’s white is the Meg, with their nylon blend and tiny kiss of cool colour.
Though they call their white “Miracle White” EG Smith often has slight batch differences across the same fiber, when it comes to white. There’s some trickiness to it we’ll talk about later.
With a yellow tint to their acrylic blends, Foot Traffic’s white mostly sings pure and clean, particularly in their nylons!
With most of their white in satin, lace and utter fluffery, Leg Avenue’s whites tend to have more lustre and warmth by sheer default, though they’re still a touch bluer than a cottony tee.
Brightly blue-ish, for the most part, Tabbisocks does a solid job of keeping their whites in a narrow range. There’s some that are more yellow, some that are brighter, but overall they’re closer than most.
Every brand offers something in white. Overall, if you only make one or two things in white, you make them a little bluer and cleaner.
Matching whites is the hardest thing, let’s look at some whites next to a super light off-white—how they compare is going to differ based on your monitor, the lighting and even how your individual eyes physically work (some eyes see yellow more easily, some see blue more easily!).
I love summer, but I think part of that love is because it makes lakes, rivers and the ocean so much more enjoyable. We have a couple water themed socks that give you a sip of those refreshing aquatic hues.
Yet, there are so many more watery wonders and cooling colours to dive into! We’ve looked at what blues you find in socks, gawked at greens and lamented trouble-making teal and turquoise, but let’s put aside all those definitions, versions and perfect-matching worry to just bathe in their cool tones. . .
There is nothing like a river on a hot day! Playing in the shallows, rafting or fishing—shoot, finding a lazy river and just hopping in an innertube to float the day away is one of life’s joys. The rush of the river keeps that water cold while trees hug the banks, shading your eyes and offering mossy beds to stretch out on.
As great as rivers are, sometimes you want to just get in and swim with less worry of currents. There’s nothing like the clear chop of a big ol’ lake, or the green glass stillness of a swimming hole. The rich mud on the bottom squishes like nothing else between your toes and if you get tired there’s always an anchored dock or raft to sun on.
Depending where you are, they can be harder to find, but a waterfall—with its crashing gouts that send sparkles of cool moisture into the air—is like a dream come true on a summer day. Whether they’re little falls that tumble a river downhill, or deafening beasts with caves behind them, they offer a refreshing oasis with fresh greens drinking in the generous bounty.
With depths so great they demand thundering awe and shallows so sweet they invite playful splashing, oceans can be as refreshing for the heart as they are for the body. With picturesque, sandy beaches, rocky tidepools full of bustling life, or salt-weathered docks to hang your feet off of, every place you meet the ocean offers a new experience and a unique moment to contemplate the wonder and joy of the world.
I hope these little sock slices helped cool you off and that, if you’re partial to taking a dip, you have the perfect spot to visit to take the edge off the harsh start of summer. If you’re feeling it’s too hot for socks, try a liner or no-show to handle the sweat while dialling back the coverage. And always, remember your water safety and respect the stuff that makes up so much of the earth and ourselves!