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Did you know it’s been National Wildflower Week? A celebration of native wildflowers, National Wildflower Week is a fairly new holiday (started in 1988), overseen by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. They say “Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty.”
We live in a pretty verdant place here in the Pacific Northwest, but wildflowers are everywhere! In celebration of these blooming beauties, let’s look at some our floral styles (even if the blossoms depicted on a lot of them are of the cultivated type) and take a walk through our garden of socks!
Two of our most bombastically blooming styles have only recently sprouted on our site. The Flower Field Arm Warmers are a soft wool blend perfect for this mutable season with their length that looks just as great scrunched shorter. The Full Bloom Printed tights (in two sizes!) are a great opaque leg-covering layer that really pop in that springtime sun.
This is just a bit of the bouquet of flowery goodness we’ve got! I just checked and we have floral styles involving literally every colour except neon (oh man, we need to remedy that!), so even if you’re not normally into florals, check it out! You might find your perfect flower.
Spring is most definitely in the air (goodness knows us folks with allergies know it!) and National Wildflower Week is a great way to celebrate! Even though it’s almost over, take a gander at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s list of ideas on how to make the most of what’s left of the week!
Of course, wildflowers will still be there after this week is over, and so will our floral styles. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still bedeck your toes with flowers!
This year, Mother’s Day is May 11th, and hooray for mommas! If you’re looking for a socky treat for a mom in your life (or you’re a mom who is treating themselves), we’ve got some sweet and snuggly options for you!
In previous years on the Sock Journal, we’ve looked at our Mother’s Day Favourites collection, maternity tights and sweet indulgences. It can be tough thinking of good Mother’s Day themes for posts, since moms are people and people love so many different things! I was pretty stumped for what to do this year, but then I realized the holiday gives me the perfect excuse to show off my favourite thing: matching big and little socks.
Probably one of us Dreamers’ favourite things to see is an order with a matching pair of grown-up size socks and baby or kid size socks. The big socks are like the little socks’ momma! So if your feet are the same size or bigger than your moms’ get them one of our eight new plastic gift card designs so they can get what they really want, then sit back and get ready to go “aaaaaw!”
We were excited to be able to offer our fabulous Extraordinary Harvest Rainbows in a family range of sizes. And since they are extraordinary, the Youth fits down to toddler toes and the Junior fits up to middle grade kids (depending on everybody’s shoe sizes, of course!).
Since our Dreamy Bamboo Patterned OTKs are only available in a smaller size in the Ivory, the Little Dreamer Bamboo Socks are a separate entry, but they fit the same great range the Harvest Rainbows do!
More mama and kiddo styles after the jump! Read more »
Spring is here! And, appropriately, Dreamers with April birthdays regularly rock the shorter socks. It’s weird to use third person here, since I’m one of the April birthdays, but what are you gonna do.
Sixten is part of our shipping crew and tends to deal with most of our international shipping quandaries and queries. His response when I asked him what his favourite socks were revealed a pretty key piece of his personality, because he motioned at the shoes he was wearing and said, that the Squiggle Dots Midcalf went really well with them. Catching a Sixten in the wild is difficult, so you’ll have to be satisfied with this product shot, showing the shoes and socks in question.
I think, more than any of us, Sixten loves pairing socks with shoes. I mean, check the cut-out style he wore with the Argyle Compression Knee Highs, or the beetle-iridescent pair he matched with the 666 Knee Highs.
He’s a stylish guy, which is why we find his toes in the coolest midcalves more often than not.
Actually, both our feet end up in a lot of the same styles, like Racing Stripes Midcalf (he’s in Navy, I’m in Black).
And, more recently, the Palm Crew (I’m in the sunset-y Navy and he’s in the twilight-y Black).
I’m behind the camera more often than not, but my legs’ particular refusal to keep socks up and my penchant for obnoxious colours means I do end up with my feet in the frame once in a while. Like a lot of long-timers here, I have trouble picking a favourite sock, both because I have so many and because my ultra favourites are ones that no longer exist and that I keep darning since I know there’s no replacement.
Right now, I think my favourite, by pure regularity of wear, are the Acrylic Slouch Socks. Their colours are unrelenting, they’re squishy and warm (I’m sensitive to wool, so acrylic for me!) and oh man, they are brighter than we can ever properly convey across your monitor.
More than socks, though, I’m an arm warmer fiend. I am a big ol’ baby about the cold and yes, I will wear arm warmers with t-shirts and tank tops because I am fancy. My collection is heavy on Harajuku Arm Warmers because they’re the perfect fit, they stand up to lots of wear, and those colours!!
Since it is my birthday month I’m going to go on about myself just a little bit longer! I’m super guilty of loving styles and not wearing them enough and I think the Black Velvet Leggings and the Bella Half-Toe No Shows With Grip are the two I feel the worst about. The leggings are perfect, guys. They’re opaque and stretchy and velvet. You can’t really ask for more. And I normally hate toe socks, but these half-toes are the best and the grip is so good. I almost want to take up yoga to have an excuse to wear them more.
Okay, I’ll stop talking your ear off and wish you folks as great a springtime as I’m having (which, since it is my birthday month, I’m having a pretty great one!).
One of the things we love to do is help folks find which socks will work best for them. That’s why we put as much information as we can into the Sizing Tips on each product page and try to give as much real-life testing as we can into the styles we carry. Sometimes you’ve got to scroll a little to see it, depending on your monitor size, but it’s there!
And if it isn’t, or you’ve had a different experience, let us know via email and we’ll make sure things are up to date! So many products we carry are wrapped up in packaging and sometimes things sneakily change in a way we don’t notice until you let us know.
So okay, the information is there, but you’re still unsure—or, you’ve got a particular fit issue or need and our Advanced Search isn’t helping? Then it’s time for our handy-dandy contact form! Select “Sizing Query” from the topic drop-down and make sure your email address is correct so we can get back to you.
Now for your question itself! Something we tell folks a lot is that “large”, “skinny”, “plus” or really most adjectives and dress sizes don’t mean much without context. Who knows what clothing sizes mean anymore (besides, they’re based on everything but the measurements we need)! If you write us saying you’ve got “tiny calves” and nothing stays up or you’ve got “curvy thighs” and stockings always roll, we can only give you the vaguest help. But we want to give you specific help! So here’s what you’ve gotta do for ultimate sock searching assistance: measure!
Even if you don’t sew, a tailors tape (or fabric measuring tape) is the best $2 tool to have. I use mine to measure weird spaces furniture needs to go as much as I do when sewing! But, if you don’t have one, don’t worry. The same ability to measure around stuff is just as easy to obtain with some yarn or string and a regular ol’ ruler.
You just wrap the yarn around what you’re measuring, then lay it out next to a ruler and BAM! Measurements.
In general, a good reference for where you need to measure for what coverage of sock is the image on the Measurements & Sizes page (shown below with common coverage highlighted for easy reference). We also like to know your shoe size, too, particularly if you have smaller or larger feet than the average sock you encounter.
But more information is always useful, so after the jump we’ve got some slightly more in-depth tips for measurements to send with your sizing question.
One of the most floral ranges of hue is pink, I even recently looked at pastel pinks when talking about the start of spring and cherry blossoms. As we focus on pink specifically this week, I’m going to look at the deeper shades of the hue. I was actually so taken with the range of pinks our suppliers offer that I forgot to take a snap of them all snuggled up on my desk, so you’ll have to be satisfied with this bit of my screen from when I was editing the shots.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define pink. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of pink, 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 off, let me note that I’m not looking at pastel tints right now. What makes a pink a pastel instead of a light (or “baby”) pink is a little indefinable, but I draw the line somewhere between the Solid Opaque Thigh High in Light Pink (on the left, below) and the Opaque Thigh Highs with Bows (on the right). The former is light pink, the latter is pastel.
I’m not looking at neons either, we’ll take in electric pink with other eye-searing shades another time.
Now, elastic colour can make a huge difference in how a pink reads. You can see that the heel of the O Chevron on the left is the same colour as the O Basic on the right, but the black elastic of the O Chevron gives the yarn a salmon-y touch.
Let’s look at how our different suppliers do this delicate shade!
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
Though we don’t offer that many versions of pink, we do quickly run the gamut from bold to soft. The middle shade (Bubblegum) matches pretty well, tonally, between both DreaM Stockings and Dreamer Socks. Our lightest pink isn’t baby/ballerina pink, there’s a little yellow to it that warms it up.
Like a lot of their colour treatments, B.Ella runs richer in hue, with a delicious Raspberry as their darkest pink.
Though their bootsocks’ pink is quite pastel, they do offer a great lighter pink in a gorgeous heather. And, like B.Ella, offer a delicious raspberry.
Their pinks tend to run cold, which is a great option and is probably what keeps their fuchsia from busting into neon or berry in tone.
As usual, Tabbisocks brings some unique and gorgeous versions of the hue, dabbling heavily in petal-perfect shades of rose (when they aren’t killing it with neon).
Everybody has some kind of pink, and it often seems like if that’s their only version of the hue, there’s something unique about it.
Such a selection of pinks! But do any go together? Are there delightful themes we can group them by? Of course! See it all after the jump!