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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 »
Such a short month, yet we still have couple of folks this time around! But their names rhyme, which is pretty fabulous. You might say they’re a perfect match! Or—just perfect at matching.
Kori is our CFO, scheduler and number brain extraordinaire! She has a very specific and earthy colour palette and her outfits colour-coordinate like a maestro. RocknSocks are some of her faves and the Uma Striped Over the Knee is the most Kori sock of the bunch! I asked her why exactly she loved these the most and this is what she emailed me:
Why the Umas are my Favourites
I wear these socks at least three times a month. That may not sound so special to you, but as I’ve been working for Sock Dreams for nearly 9 years, I have QUITE the collection of socks by now, and yet I come back to my Umas time and time again. Why? Because A) Gorgeous colours that you can match with all of your earth tone outfits; B) They are comfy and stretchy; C) They are warm, but not too warm, so you can wear them most of the year. And D) because Thurman is hot and kicked arse in Kill Bill. That is all.
I feel like the above missive is actually about why Kori is one of my favourites.
Though most of the time we see her in warm earthtones with the occasional hint of mossy green, the lady can rock a blue like nobody’s business. I know that every one of the Erin Wool & Silk socks she modelled was perfectly matched to an outfit. Or, more properly, an outfit was sculpted to perfectly match these socks!
One of the wonderful attributes about Kori is her ability to match things just right—which is why the Gamer Knee High and Brat Knee High were just as perfect for her as the Paprika O Rayons. She’s just matching her ‘tude!
Now Tori is another great matcher, one of those people with a clear personal colour scheme that means they’ll always coordinate to some degree, no matter what they pull out of their closet. She’s a colourful, skilled whirlwind at our shop, in shipping and in the stock room and says “I don’t have a particular favorite sock, since I love them all, but the brand I always gravitate to are Sock It To Me’s knee high socks. I can always find a pair to go with all my outfits and they’re so funky and fun I just love showing them off!”
And, as regular rocker of shorter pants, show them off she does! Like with the Portland Striped Knee High, which seem to they go with just about everything she owns.
Tori always brings her game and a perfectly coordinated look. I cannot express the level to which my day was made when she wore the Striped Tights in Red & White and she dressed like a super-hip elf in fuzzy boots, or how perfectly the greens in her dress matched the Color Tights in Pear.
Now really, pretty much all of us here are crazy into colour coordination. And in the dark, short, wild-weather month of February, finding ways to bring some colour into your days is like a rainbow road into spring!
Last month, we looked at Purple as the start of some monthly colour focus fun. This month we’re looking at red, because I thought this short month would be a great time to focus on a sorely under-represented colour. Sure, the colour most absent from socks is probably yellow, but bear with me here, it’s seasonally appropriate! And really, with all the winter gloom we’ve been having, I needed the colour punch only red can give!
There aren’t a whole lot of solid red socks out there, they tend to shade into “dark red” (and “burgundy” and “wine” or “Bordeaux” or some other name for fermented grapes) or “rust” (also known as “spice”). This time, we’re just looking at red-reds. A 1940’s lipstick red!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define red. 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. That said, let’s get down to it!
First, let’s look at the difference between red with black elastic behind it and red with white elastic behind it. In the Cotton Inklined on the left, the hue is a little darker (think “cinnamon candy”). In the Spiral Cotton OTK on the right, the hue is a little brighter (think “cherry candy”).
How much of the elastic colour you see also makes a difference. The O Basics have a slightly thicker yarn than the Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs, making their stitches a little wider and showing more of the black underneath. So even though the yarns are the same colour, the red yarn in the O Basics “pops” a little more because of the more visible, contrasting black.
Now let’s look at representative and key reds across some different brands! I’m focusing mostly on solids and only the most basic stripes, just to keep things simple. A word of warning: pure reds are total monsters to edit, because it’s such a vibrant colour. I’ve done the best I can to properly represent these shades. And I apologise if I blow out your monitor.
Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks
Crayon-clearness of hue, with cotton yarn nearly as pure and bright as the nylon.
Almost always a rich, darker red that sometimes strays a little more blue, but has the decency to be called Bordeaux if it dabbles too darkly.
A very true blue, lipstick-y red, with the heavier gauged yarn of the Bootsocks almost glowing in person.
No variation in this nylon colour. It is red and it is so red.
From the borderline bluer-dark red of the tights to the yellow-cast hue in the legwarmers, there isn’t a regularity but there is a range!
Okay, give yourself some time to blink it out and join me after the jump for some fiber hue comparisons across brands!