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Yes, I’ve mentioned sparkly styles for the new year before, but what better time to bring in the bling than on this side of winter Solstice, waiting for the days to get longer and knowing that there’s still a lot of winter to come. Also: sparkles!!
For more subtle sparkle, these three styles knit only a bit of shimmer in leaving most of the yarn unadorned.
But if you’re feeling a bit more bold, the overall shimmer-sparkle of these two styles should be perfect
And if you just can’t shine brightly enough then put on your shades for these three:
But what if you’d like to indulge a bit less ostentatiously? Well, the Indulgences category has all of our pricer (and worth it!) options that you totally deserve after surviving the year. From knee highs in cashmere or silk,
To luxurious velvet,
And truly indulgent sheers.
You deserve something special, even if it’s just drinking in some sock-tastic beauty and adding it to your wishlist! Our year with you has been fabulous and it’s our awesome customers that keep us going, so thank you and here’s to 2014!
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!
Really, you could argue that anything human hands finish or help machines produce is “handmade.” However, when things are knit or sewn by hand, or an artisan’s hands take a machine-made blank and turns it into a little work of art, we consider that hand made or altered and we have a category just for that!
Our Hand Made and Altered section is filled with delights that make for lovely gifts (for others or yourself) that have a personal touch. From hand screen-printed or dyed to hand-assembled or knit, these styles are produced in small batches, often just for us!
Silk-screening is hard work! We know from printing our logo t-shirts! But, a t-shirt is pretty simple to print on. The skill and quality of both Nylon Journal and Polonova in printing their pretties continues to impress us.
Nylon Journal’s USA made tights are hand-printed in New York city!
Polonova’s gloves and trouser socks are hand-printed much closer to home for us, right here in Portland, actually! And, just like Nylon Journal, both the knee-high trouser sock blanks and the glove blanks (fingerless or otherwise) are made in the USA, too.
A trippier option is Love Lite Precision Tie Dye, hand-dyed confections of glorious and brilliant tie dye on (mostly) our house brand styles.
Una, based just North of us in Seattle, are hand-sewn and silk-screened. We also get to pick the colour combos, based on seasonal availability, so a little bit of us is in there too, but just a little, most of it is the wonderful folks of Una!
Texture Clothing’s arm warmers are not only hand-made, they’re produced with scraps from Texture’s clothes-making process, where “nothing is wasted and everything is wanted”.
Of course, because these styles are all hand made or altered in small batches, they run out quickly, so grab what you love while you can! If you miss out, just sign up for email notification and you’ll know the same day we do that a fresh batch is in stock and ready to buy!
Ah December! We’ve reached the end of the year and our last month of birth month symbol-inspired socks! Holly and poinsettia are inevitable flowers for this month, but turquoise is a surprise as the birthstone! And Sagittarius’ arrows point straight to the end of the year!
The distinctive pretty prickliness of holly only really shows up in seasonal socks. This year we have the lovely Cardinals Crew, with bright little birds perched on holly leaves.
Did you know that the poinsettia “flower” is actually a cluster of specialised leaves? And besides the traditional red, they can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled! They need to be kept in the dark for a while for the colour change to happen, then need lots of light to get as bright as can be! The Starry Poinsettia Over the Knees are an obvious sock choice,
But the Juneau Fairisle Crews have that same distinctive “flower” worked into their design. Subtle!
Now, turquoise is an easy one! We even have a built-in “Browse by Color” search for it! Well, turquoise and teal. Because actual turquoise stones vary from super pale to vivid and blue to blue-greens, as a colour name it runs the gamut!
Now, what best represents the arrows of Sagittarius (since we only have horses, no centaur archers)? Why, chevrons! The stacked “V” design of a chevron is like a flying arrow, or the feathers (fletching) that balance it!
Of course, our DreaM Stockings have a lovely line of chevron styles:
And there are plenty of others to aim at!
See, December birthdays, even with all the holiday rush going on, we couldn’t forget you!
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!