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Deep cool tones are in common for September’s birthstone and flower. Deep blue Sapphires and purple Asters are like the earlier evenings we’re starting to see. The constellation for most of this month is Virgo, which is associated with Persephone, a perfect beginning to autumn.
Sapphires are really just blue rubies, which is wild! Well, they’re not all blue, but that’s the colour they’re most commonly associated with. Actually, if they’re pink but not pink enough to be a ruby, then they’re pink sapphires, which are another favourite shade of this stone.
But! Did you know what common flower is also part of the Asteraceae family? The dandelion. It’s true, I’ll wait while you look it up.
Virgo, the constellation until the last week of September, is a little tricky to depict in sock form. Sure, it’s associated with Persephone, but I already looked at pomegranates in January! Hmm. The coming of autumn and cold, the word “virgin” . . . ah-ha! Virgin wool. Perfect for those cool days that are creeping in. B.Ella has a lot of beautiful styles that use virgin wool, but here are three that speak to the season.
I know a lot of folks are looking forward to the season change. Just two scant weeks until the Equinox when it is officially fall!
From gorgeous patterns to fabulous textures, socks can be wearable works of art. Our Artistic category gathers the finest examples of fine art-inspired styles into a curated category that would make any gallerist proud. So let’s take a field trip to the Museum of Sock Art!
We’ll start with two styles that are so familiar they need no introduction, that enigmatic smiling Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. A Renaissance beauty and one of the most easily recognised Post-Impressionist works.
Next we have our lovely Art Nouveau wing. The iconic design elements of Art Nouveau are most recognisable from their beautiful posters and advertisements, like the iconic black cat of cabaret posters, or the full and twining blooms that were such a key part of framing design.
Working during the same time frame was the fantastic symbolist Gustav Klimt. Somehow taking simple shapes like spirals, he created pieces that are recognisable even when reinterpreted as pure pattern.
Before we move on to more modern works, let’s pop into the international wing and see some lovely works of art from Japan. These tabi socks’ take on and a Kabuki player and Hokusai’s woodblock print of mount Fuji is are fun interpretations of two of Japan’s richly traditional arts, printmaking and theatre.
Now for a bit of modern art! Mondrian’s colour blocking has been interpreted so many ways, from pop-art dresses in the 60′s to unique and playful furniture. The Plasticism Midcalves are probably our favourite though (we are a little biased towards socks).
We don’t have time to go through the entire museum, but feel free to wander around and take in some comfy culture!
Step into my sock-powered time machine as we travel back back, BACK to August 2011 when I pointed out our new Solid option for choosing uniform-code appropriate socks for back to school. How old fashioned was that?! Nowadays, our new-fangled technology can zoom you right to solid socks in any height you want (like the popular knee highs, OTKs and midcalves!).
By clicking “Solid” in the Pattern/Texture area of Advanced Search, all you’ve got to do, really, is pick your uniform or school colours and sock coverage style! Just be sure you choose “ANY” while you’re picking your school colours, though. It’s very rare that we’d classify a solid sock as both Blue and Yellow (I guess that would be straight up Green?)
Though, if you do need multiple school colours representing at once, that’s easy enough to do. Just keep the colours restricted by “ALL” and choose “Striped” instead of “Solid” from the Pattern/Texture area of Advanced Search for a shortcut to school pride!
We even have a great present for teacher, so you can start the year on the right foot.
So, whether you’re school shopping for yourself or someone else have fun and drop us a line if you have any questions!
August is our last summer month and with peridot, onyx, poppies and lions, the season gives us a regal goodbye.
One of the few gemstones happen in only one colour, the olive green of peridot ranges from a yellower shade to deep brown olive. Olive is a popular shade of green when it comes to socks and our house brands use olive shades for our medium green.
Onyx is the other gemstone for August and though your first thought may be of solid black, it more commonly occurs in coloured bands, like the reds and browns of sardonyx (which is such a great band name).
The constellation for most of August is Leo, the lion. Strangely, there aren’t many lion socks out there, but the Stained Glass Printed Leggings do the regal beasts justice, framing them around beautiful traditional motifs.
In looking for something to more figuratively represent lions I realised the Faux Fur Cuff Knee Highs are essentially little lion costumes for your legs, with fuzzy ruffs and everything!
Wow, next month fall begins! Soak up those last bits of summer while you can, Northern Hemisphere folks!
I cannot believe that three years ago Niq handed over the Sock Journal reins to me. How time flies! It’s why I love doing this little yearly round-ups to keep track of all those days going by. After the first year we had the start of our social media team that you now see wonderfully juggling all the new ways to interact online. By last year I started feeling comfortable enough to show you my nerdiness and start doing more sock care and info posts.
When I asked the other Dreamers what their favourite posts from the past year were, all of their faves matched mine! Which makes me feel pretty awesome!
The overall favourite was the addition of Tips and Tricks to the Reference category (which, BTW, is where all the informative posts, like DIY and “What is A . . .” live). I’ve tried to keep all these posts short, sweet and image-heavy—giving you all the little tips (and tricks) we’ve learned about socks over the years. Like blocking to increase stretch!
And I’ve been lucky enough to get to do some more involved DIY posts. Like dyeing stockings to match!
With last Christmas I started doing my favourite indulgence that luckily you all seem to dig (and they’re kind of favourites with the other Dreamers too!). Sock Stories! Where socks are the star and I am a big ol’ nerd playing dolls with them, essentially. The Nutcracker was the first sock story, but I think it is the latest instalment, where the socks star in a drive-in movie, that I am the most in love with.
But one of the most exciting things that has happened in the past year is our robust new search engine. You can search by all sorts of things, supplier, coverage, texture, fiber and (most importantly) colour! I ran down the basics last fall and we’re always refining everything to bring you the best, most relevant, results we can.
I hope that, over the past couple of years, the Sock Journal has become even more of a solid go-to for sock info and reference and fun. What have your favourite posts been this past year? What would you love to see more of?