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Those of you who have been shopping with us for a while might have found out about our ZAP! section by now. If not, it’s where we put items which have been discontinued by their suppliers until they sell out, never to return (though on occasion we’re pleasantly surprised by items making a come-back). Sometimes we’re very nearly out of the item in question by the time we find out it’s not coming back, but sometimes we get one last chance at it….
The Super Chic Cabled Leg Warmers first came across our conference room table two years ago, as Sakura of Tabbisocks was showing us their fall line. We were immediately in awe of them — finally the chunky cables we’d been dreaming of had arrived! I remember thinking they looked just like a classic Irish fisherman’s sweater, but until recently we didn’t know just how accurate that was!
We recently received word that these will not be going forward, so of course we immediately bought up the last of their stock, even though white is the only remaining color. Sadly, we didn’t even realize how unique these really are until they were already on their way out.
At it turns out, every pair of these leg warmers that we ever carried was knitted by one man, who had figured out how to make leg warmers on a sweater knitting machine. They look and feel like rustic sweaters, because they’re basically augmented sweater sleeves! Sadly this year the man who figured out how to make them retired, and was unable to find an apprentice before doing so.
To be perfectly clear, Nara (AKA Sock City), Japan is a town which has been devoted to sock making for over a century. It’s where they make the amazing toe socks with the hand woven seams that don’t rub your feet the wrong way. The people who work in the 200 sock factories of Nara are considered artisans within the industry. We think it’s pretty telling of the amount of time and skill that went into making these, that in a city full of dedicated sock makers, nobody could be found to take on this endeavor.
And so it is with a heavy heart that we offer you the last of these amazing, sweatery leg warmers. We hope that when you wear yours, you will think of the anonymous sock genius who single-handedly made them possible. We think they’re even more amazing once you know their story!
As you may have heard, we’re currently offering free shipping to most of the countries we can ship to, so we should be busier than we would be on a typical Thursday in July…. and yet this morning an assortment of technical difficulties very nearly made our work impossible!
Our phones were down, our internet was turning on an off, and our morning orders couldn’t be assembled because we didn’t have access to the systems we needed to deal with them! Since many of our jobs are internet-based, we were even starting to get bored — so what did we do? Well, first we played a board game! That’s right, we had some fun with a homemade, neon version of a classic party game, then picked some matching socks and took photos of the game play!
By the time that fun was over, we thought for sure we’d be able to put together some socks orders….. but we were wrong! Morale was dropping quickly, so Brenna suggested we stage an emergency petticoat intervention, in which we put on all of the petticoats that we keep on hand for photoshoots. Flouncing and fluff is always good for morale! And since there were more petticoats than Dreamers this morning, some of us had so much foofiness going on that even Scarlett O’Hara would have been green with envy!
By now our phones are back up, our internet is behaving itself, and all of the socks have been pulled and packaged, so fear not! All of your orders shipped out today! Just know that they were packaged with even more glee and love than usual.
This summer we went to the drive-in, but it’s too cold to do that in the autumn. Now’s the time of year for sitting in the dark and getting your scare on! Even though Halloween is still practically a week away, this is the big weekend before the holiday, a perfect day to premiere the latest on the silver screen.
Ooh, we took too long in the concession line! We missed the previews, but it doesn’t look like we missed any of the story . . . (And if you’re curious who any of the “actors” are, just click the links!)
Those stairs do not look like good business.
TOLD. YOU. Those are guts, he stepped in guts.
Wait, he’s still going up the stairs? To the ominous red door.
Come ON, he’s opening the door? Yes, that is a way to get straight up unravelled, Mr. Sock.
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OH MY SOCKS A MUMMY.
HOLY STOCKINGS SKELETONNNNN!!
The weekend around the Fourth of July is always a big movie weekend. It’s about this time of year that you see aliens, monsters and lots of one-liners on the silver screen. I don’t know if you’re lucky enough to live around a drive-in movie theatre, but if you are then you’ve probably spent at least one perfectly warm summer night taking in a show or two.
So, turn your car radio KOTK 850 (we ask that you only listen to our movie broadcasts on the drive-in property), find a parking space (it’s first come, first served, no holding spots!) and settle in for a night at the movies! And if you’re curious who any of the “actors” are, just click the links!
The first flick is always family-friendly and this overseas import will please kids of all ages. Shhh, let’s keep it down so we can hear the story . . .
What a beautiful city. Modern, clean.
Oh no. What is that monster in the distance?
It dwarfs the city!!
Aw, man, now it’s destroying the city. Uncool! Stop being such a monster, you monster!!
What could have created such a creature?!
Speaking of mad, is that a swarm of giant butterflies?
They’re attacking the beast!! The city is saved!
The butterflies rebuilt the city, how awesome of them!
Wow, I was really worried for a second. Who would have thought butterflies would win that kind of fight? But then, if you had enough butterflies working in unison, you could probably do anything, even if they weren’t giant.
*Yawn* dang, it is getting late. I thought we’d be able to stay long enough for the second movie, but not this time. Hopefully before summer is over we’ll get to see a midnight creature feature!
Hearts, red, pink, candy and kisses are all common Valentine’s day themes. We’ve got a category full of sweet styles for your sweetie (luckily socks won’t give you a toothache) and we’ve already seen some super thoughtful sock gifts pass though our hands. We’ve offered a couple different takes and styles on the holiday here on the Sock Journal over the years and our site’s theme is even in the mood for love.
This year, we’ve got a Valentine’s gift for you. No, not a sale or a code, but something much sillier. May I present four covers for (pretend) romance novels featuring our favourite stars, socks! If any style tugs at your heart strings, I’ve given the names links straight to the colour shown.
Her love held him, but would their fibers keep them apart?
Shirley was a gorgeous cotton sock and heiress to a fortune. When she finally meets Michael, the one sock who seems to love her for more than her money, Shirley knows in her deepest heart that he’s too good to be true. When he turns out to be a wool blend she works even harder to bind him with love, hoping he’ll stay and that their different washing techniques won’t keep them apart. But will Shirley go too far and actually felt his cashmere-blended heart?
A baby can test your patience, but can it test your love?
Bea and her baby Dottie give Sabina the family she always wanted. Sabina has never hesitated about jumping into a situation with both feet, but she’s also never jumped into something quite like this. Is sharing the duties of mother too much for the Bea and Sabina’s growing love?
Branded “L” for Love
A sheriff bootsock romance.
Sheriff Gregorio was never easily swayed by a steady life or a pretty sock, until he met April. The flirty knee high was as sweet as could be, but it was her streak of bull-headedness that roped him in. When he finds out that April has been running her family’s ranch by herself, Sheriff Gregorio pitches in and finds that he and his trusty steed might be ready to settle down.
Tides of Desire
They never expected to be swept away . . . by love.
The beach cottage was playboy Greyson’s getaway, a place to escape to. Just like he’d escape to the arms of whoever he could find, leaving both love and cottage when the city called him. This time he chose Franco and, as the sun-warmed days wore on, Greyson began to doubt he could leave his soft embrace—but could Franco fit in with Greyson’s city life?
I am not ashamed to admit I maybe spent a lot of time thinking of the stories for these. I mean, I love socks, why couldn’t they love each other?
Have a lovely Valentine’s day and remember to treat yourself too! Because, if I can paraphrase one of my favourite quotes, “if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love someone else?”
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