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The beginning of August marks the mid-point between the summer solstice and autumnal equinox, signifying the height of summer here in the Pacific Northwest. The warm season is in full-swing, so why not reap the benefits while you can? All those backyard barbeques, picnics in the park, and excursions to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without incorporating summer’s fresh bounty of produce. So many delightful fruits and veggies crop up this time of year that it’s hard to choose a favorite. One fruit, however, gets its very own month of recognition! August has been National Peach Month since 1982 and it’s easy to see why! Peaches are a summer staple and we have some peachy-keen items to help you celebrate this wonderful fruit all year.
One of the key characteristics of most peaches is their signature fuzzy exterior. This velvety coat doesn’t come on all peaches, but it is a dominant trait that provides a tactile aspect to enjoying this great fruit. Our selection of velvet items includes wrist warmers, gloves, and leggings. Though we don’t currently offer any resembling the color, they’re all pretty peachy!
On the left, we have a pair of Black & Gold Velvet Wrist Warmers from Polonova, a Portland-based company that specializes in screen-printing beautiful, ornate designs. There are a few velvet items from this company and they are gorgeous, every one. Next, for those of us that wish for a longer, more luxurious look, there are the Black Velvet Opera Length Gloves from Leg Avenue. Lastly, on the right we have the purrfect Leopard Velvet Leggings from K. Bell (which also come in a solid black version).
Sure, the peach fuzz trait is pretty easy to identify, but the color peach itself can be tricky; with over 700 different varieties of peaches in this world, the spectrum is pretty broad. A quick internet search will provide a fluid palette of tones varying from pastel orange to a pale, pinky-yellow. Additionally, as dreamer Brenna already discussed in both our Orange and Pastel Spotlights, light orange isn’t a very popular color among socks. While there is a wide range of the color peach, there aren’t a whole lot of socks in our collection that necessarily fit that description.
First, we have a pair of the Mango Solid Opaque Nylon Trouser Socks from Foot Traffic. We just love this particular shade of yellow-orange because it is so reminiscent of the sticky, sweet interior of a ripe Yellow Peach! Next up are the Sherbert O Basics and the Rust Orange Knees, both of which are from our Dream Stockings house-brand. While there’s no denying the Sherbert O Basics are a lovely punched-up peach color, the stripes of the Rust Orange Knees add quite the visual interest and are a nod to the signature blush on peach skin. Last, we have the Coney Space Dyed Over the Knee Stockings from E.G. Smith; a more artistic take on the fruit, the beauty of space-dyed items lies in each pair looking just a little different than the last, much like the beloved treat itself.
While all these items truly convey peachy qualities, none of them are quite on the softer, pastel side. In order to come up with a more delicate shade, we decided to try our hand at dyeing a pair ourselves. We’ve covered dyeing socks several times in our Sock Journal; from the basics onto various techniques, such as matching stockings to skin tone or coloring specific products like petticoats or nylon items. Personally, I have very little experience in dyeing clothes pastel colors, as the majority of my dyeing experiments have only incorporated dark colors. Thank goodness dreamer Brenna suggested I check out a brilliant resource on Rit Dye‘s website! Their Color Library had a plethora of tips and archived color combinations, which helped in creating the perfect peach formula! After we found Rit’s Peach Color Formula to be a little pink-er than we’d aimed for, we switched up the amounts of dye to create a different concoction. Both the Ivory Dreamy Bamboo Patterned Crews and the Natural & White A Chevrons made for great color studies, as their distinctive patterns showed up in a particularly lovely way!
No matter how you like them (fresh off the tree, baked in a cobbler, puréed in ice cream, or canned at home) we hope that you enjoy a peach or two this season, if you can! It has been pretty sweet sharing our rocking good times with all you wonderful dreamers out there and we hope the second half of your summer is just as nice, if not better, than the first!
How perfect is this? Almost exactly five years ago today I posted my first entry on the Sock Journal! It was about a style we hardly see any more (toeless tabi socks), since then I’ve learned to focus more on information, styles and topics that have a longer life and can keep being fun and useful no matter what products are currently available.
In the years between then and now our social media team has become so awesomely robust that between our Events, Latest News and Newsletters, we’ve been able to give you guys all sorts of voices and info about the styles we carry and what we love about them. All their hard work has freed up the Sock Journal to focus on specific things like colours, DIY and tips on using our site and more.
That influx of writerly talent has already been seeping into the ol’ Sock Journal a bit, as you may have noticed in a couple recent posts. With five whole years of you guys reading my words every week, it’s about time I step back and let some new voices in! From here on out other Dreamers will be taking the mic!
But I do still have a couple of those colour-nerd posts to share in the coming months, so at least through fall I’ll still see y’all once a month to ooh and ahh over bundles of socks in a single colour. Before I peace out though, indulge me in looking at some of my utter fave posts and themes from these past five years.
However you spell it, colours are difficult to convey across a monitor! I hope that the colour posts I’ve done over the past two years have helped you some when it comes to matching, coordinating and understanding how colours can act differently between in your hand and on your screen. Here are some of my favourites!
You think black would be simple, but it sure isn’t—not when you want to show detail and make sure people don’t think it’s navy!
Speaking of troublemakers, let’s talk about teal and turquoise.
Less of a pain and always beautiful is grey, with subtle shading between cool and warm, dark and light, gorgeous and like, really gorgeous.
Tips & Tricks
I haven’t written as many Tips & Tricks for our products and using our site as I want to, but I always want to write informative, explanatory stuff and also improve your browsing experience, so I don’t think I could ever write enough. These two though, I’m proudest of and think they’re good ones to bookmark!
Though we love to help you find the socks that will make your sock dreams come true, we can’t do it without a little help from you. Terms like “plus size” and “tall” can be subjective and when it comes to socks, you want an objectively perfect fit! Knowing what measurements to give us right off helps a lot in helping us help you!
Our compression sock options have grown more and better since we tentatively began offering a couple select styles. We’re in love and we want you to love them too, but to get the most out of compression socks you’ve got to put them on right. Knowing the trick not only improves their performance but ensures they’re helping and not hurting your legs.
What is A . . .?
Depending on where you live, what language you speak and about a million other variables, it can get confusing figuring out what exactly a person means when they say “tights”. Or “knee sock” or anything! Though the definitions we use are only definitive in the world of Sock Dreams, I hope that these “what is a . . . ?” posts about coverage styles help narrow down what you’re looking for.
Forever a matter of debate, whether you want that debate or not, the poor ol’ legging just wants to be itself: opaque enough not to let others know what underwear you’re wearing.
Always in-between worlds, the knee sock is an OTK for some and a knee high for others, floating up and down depending on your cuff preference, your calf and how long your legs are. Despite their lack of clear coverage, there is something wonderful about their mutability.
I’ve written a couple of posts on dyeing socks and stockings and as fun as they are (and as amazing as those petticoats turned out) I think I am happiest about the post with tips on dyeing stockings to match your skin tone.
It is a frustrating world out there and sometimes what you need and deserve isn’t available. We do our best here at Sock Dreams to offer all that we can to help you find the right sock for whatever your need. And when the right pre-made thing isn’t there for us to offer, we’re ready to help you figure out how to make what you got work until the world catches up with what is going on.
I’ve had a great time writing these Sock Journals and I’m glad that I’ve got a couple more posts to share about colour. I’m never going to stop loving helping folks find what they need and making things easier to find. ♥
In 1865, Macmillan & Co. published the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and 150 years later, Lewis Carroll’s classic book has become a beloved story around the world. Alice clearly is a favorite among sock-lovers as well, and we’ve got a lot of items that will help you bring a little Wonderland to your day.
First, we have these gorgeous tights depicting Alice and the Red Queen. Since they have a tube-style foot, with no formed heel, they’re reversible, so you can choose whether you’d like Alice in front or in back.
And we’ve also tracked down some of Alice’s favorite companions. Whether you’re chasing rabbits or getting questionable directions from the locals, at least you’ll be adventuring in style.
Or maybe you’re looking for a subtler approach. The Snappy Mad Tea Party Garters and Amanita Muscaria Crews will bring a touch of Wonderland to your outfit, without making it the main focus. And if you’re a fan of Through the Looking Glass, Alice’s second adventure, you might like the Checkered Midcalves.
We’ve also got some items that are perfect for an Alice costume. Although illustrations vary, Alice is usually wearing some version of her iconic blue dress and white pinafore, and what better to complete that look than some tasteful white socks?
Or, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, some striped options.
We also get a lot of requests from people creating Cheshire Cat costumes. The pink and purple stripes made famous by the Disney movie are the most popular, which you can see in our M Sleeves. We don’t quite have anything as neon-tastic as the blue and grey of Tim Burton’s Cheshire Cat, but we do have a slightly muted option in the Blue Knees.
Alice taught us to embrace nonsense, to always follow white rabbits, and to be careful what we eat. There are a lot of events around the world celebrating this anniversary, and you can check them out on the official Alice 150 website. Here’s to another 150 years of this wonderful book!
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!