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Spring is here and winter is coming!
If you watch the show, you know what we’re talking about. Based on the epic series by George R. R. Martin, the television show Game of Thrones is a visually rich (and rather violent) series that’s starting back up in just a couple of days! It’s really your classic, sweeping, epic fantasy wherein large family tribes battle for honour and glory. But the costumes. Oh MAN, the costumes.
The beautiful hand embroidery and surface embellishment (like these pieces by the amazingly skilled Michele Carragher, for example) help illustrate and underline each character’s loyalties and position. All the families have a crest with a sigil and motto that is worked into the more elaborate costumes. Taking that idea and applying it to socks (naturally), we’ve got some styles to suggest that can add a new layer of meaning to your look. And, of course, dressing up for watching the show is highly encouraged!
More houses after the jump!
It’s by pure accident that each month’s birthday Dreamers are picking styles perfect for the (Northern hemisphere’s) seasonal weather. And it happens once more with March!
Rosalind runs our Facebook and Pinterest most notably, and you can probably place the blame on her for some of our most egregiously dorky puns. For her recommended style Rosalind picked a perfect option for transitional seasons like spring:
Okay, this might be sacrilegious or something, but the thing that really stands out as my ultimate favorite isn’t actually a sock. The Long Cuffable Scrunchable Leg Warmers are my absolute favorite thing to put on my legs. They’re exactly like one of my favorite socks, only without the sock part. Not having a foot means that I can wear them with shoes that are too tight for thicker socks, or to sleep in (my feet always get too hot if I wear socks in bed). The best thing about them, though, is that you don’t have to wash them after every wear, because there is no foot to get stinky! It’s that rare marriage of fashion and laziness that I love so much.
Toby, the gentleman dog also pictured above, does not seem to have a favourite sock himself, as there is yet no sock that gives you belly scratches. And although he’s snuck into several of Rosalind’s shoots, he’s not the birthday boy here! So, back to Rosalind.
While looking for styles Rosalind has modelled for us, I realised something. More often than not, she models a style that gets discontinued quickly or she models tights! I have no idea why the discontinued styles thing happens, but I do know why we always get shots of her in tights. She’s our long inseam tester and if Rosalind says a style of tights won’t cramp your toes, they won’t cramp your toes.
Other than legs for miles, Rosalind also has another key skill to bring to product shots: tiny dinosaur. You’d think this wouldn’t be vital for a perfect shot, but that’s crazy talk. Even out of focus, a tiny dinosaur is absolutely necessary.
Next up is Lucy, who works in our Customer Service department and is one of my favourite rays of true sunshine. Like a lot of us here, Lucy has a signature colour, which would be the brightest pink you can handle (best when paired with royal purple and deep teal!). Her recommendation is one of the most spring-inspiring socks we’ve got, with flowers and a gradient that is like the season’s transition from cold to warm:
My absolute favorite socks are the Tibetan Flower Crew socks. The fuchsia pair were the first socks I purchased when I started working here, and are every bit as snugly and comfortable as they are gorgeous. Once it looked like we weren’t going to be able to restock them, so I bought a pair in each color, plus an extra fuchsia, just in case. Fortunately, they stuck around, and now they’re my go-to sock. I wear them in boots in the winter and mary-janes in the summer, and one day I’ll probably own enough pairs to wear one each day of the week.
And since they’ve got two new colours (Red and Green, which don’t have pictures up just yet), Lucy won’t even have to repeat a colour of ‘em during the work week! Her love of colour and gameness to try new styles makes Lucy one of the go-to models for crazy toe socks. She’s even got a pair of flip flops stashed away in her desk for sudden toe sock picture emergencies.
How Lucy keeps her sunny, bright cheerfulness even during the big rush of Christmas season is pretty obvious to me. She’s magic. Look, you can tell by the styles she’s modelled. Wizarding school arm warmers? A fairy wand in a picture of sock garters? Clearly, magic. Or maybe, all of us Dreamers are. . .
So onward and ahead to proper spring and shorter socks (if April behaves, anyhow!) Here’s a trick for these transitional seasons: the styles we put into our Autumn category have similar properties to what goes in Spring. For Autumn we just focus on darker colours, less flowers, the warmer end of the midweight scale and wool!
The first official day of spring was yesterday, and we know that some of you folks out east are still experiencing wintery wildness and that folks in the Southern hemisphere have been undergoing quite the sultry summer, but! Here in Portland, cherry blossoms are bursting awake and drifting about like fairytale snow—when they aren’t being pummelled by the rain, anyhow.
Even if the lion of March keeps roaring into April, we got a glimpse of the flowers full spring will bring!
Green seemed like the natural choice to focus on for March. I pointed out last year that even though St. Patrick’s day has been associated with a lot more colours than green, the combo of impending spring and popular holiday means that March means a tide of green! Grabbing samples to look at with you for this post was like bringing warmer weather and hikes in the forest into my cubicle.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define green. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of red, 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.
I did find, while sorting through all these delicious, verdant hues, that green appears to fall into five different sub-groups, flavour-wise. It’s not a very scientific classification system, but ooh it is delightful!
But more on that later! First, let’s look at how each supplier does the outcome of yellow+blue.
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We really run the gamut for this hue, from deep to pastel-bright, with a stop at crayon-colour clarity there in the middle!
Not a lot of greens, but they’re one of the few folks who offer a lime! Which is hilarious next to their otherwise subdued greens.
Another “not a lot, but lime!” selection.
They call their green “Kelly” and that’s what it is! There’s a neon green too, but it’s so neon it can’t really be included here. They use the same green whether it’s in their Striped Tights (on the left) or Striped Thigh Highs (on the right).
SO. MANY. GREENS! Each of their main styles offers at least two greens, it’s a lush landscape over here.
Top row, from left to right: Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Kelly), Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Green Tea), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Mint), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Moss Green), Harajuku Arm Warmers (top down: Green Tea, Olive, Emerald Green)
Bottom Row, from left to right: Color Tights in Dark Green, Olive, Pear, Mint
Some brands only have one good representative green, and here they are!
Now let’s look at the quirks and sub-groups of green, after the jump!
There’s just something about impending spring that fires up our crafty itch. Time to make things! Conveniently, March is National Craft Month and just about everywhere online and in the brick & mortar world has lots of fun ideas to kick-start your creative juices.
I love doing our DIY posts here on the Sock Journal, but sometimes the themes can get a bit lost among all the other posts we do. So I’ll start you off with a more solid round-up of DIY posts than the gift-oriented roundup I shared around the holidays. Then! I’ve got one new quickie craft to share with you.
First up, before we really dig in, remember that our DIY Sock Style Pinterest board and our Tumblr’s “DIY” tag have awesome crafty ideas from both us and around the web! Plus, our posts in the Tips & Tricks category has more useful sock care and fit resources.
Modification & Mending
• Darn It! •
• Arm Warmer Basics •
• DIY For Fit: Tights •
• DIY For Fun and Fashion •
• Tips & Tricks for Cutting Socks •
• Lace & Bows, Thighs & Toes (quick way to shorten stockings) •
• Fit Your Shirt to a “T” •
Surface Techniques (painting, etc)
Now, after the jump, let me add one more idea to your mental craft basket: DIY boot toppers! Read more »