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Ah December! We’ve reached the end of the year and our last month of birth month symbol-inspired socks! Holly and poinsettia are inevitable flowers for this month, but turquoise is a surprise as the birthstone! And Sagittarius’ arrows point straight to the end of the year!
The distinctive pretty prickliness of holly only really shows up in seasonal socks. This year we have the lovely Cardinals Crew, with bright little birds perched on holly leaves.
Did you know that the poinsettia “flower” is actually a cluster of specialised leaves? And besides the traditional red, they can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled! They need to be kept in the dark for a while for the colour change to happen, then need lots of light to get as bright as can be! The Starry Poinsettia Over the Knees are an obvious sock choice,
But the Juneau Fairisle Crews have that same distinctive “flower” worked into their design. Subtle!
Now, turquoise is an easy one! We even have a built-in “Browse by Color” search for it! Well, turquoise and teal. Because actual turquoise stones vary from super pale to vivid and blue to blue-greens, as a colour name it runs the gamut!
Now, what best represents the arrows of Sagittarius (since we only have horses, no centaur archers)? Why, chevrons! The stacked “V” design of a chevron is like a flying arrow, or the feathers (fletching) that balance it!
Of course, our DreaM Stockings have a lovely line of chevron styles:
And there are plenty of others to aim at!
See, December birthdays, even with all the holiday rush going on, we couldn’t forget you!
The yellow of friendship in topaz (which actually comes in a surprising array of hues) and citrine are the gems for November. Visually, it’s almost impossible to tell cut topaz and citrine apart, but topaz is a bit harder in texture. Both stones are rather pale, and these pastel yellows definitely do the trick.
November’s flower is the chrysanthemum, which I am thankful to Spellcheck forever about. It’s another entry in the Asteraceae family, along with September and October’s flowers.Their complicated layers of petals mean it isn’t often represented on socks, but with a name that comes from “gold” and “flower” (the Greek “chrysos” and “anthemon”), I think we can do it justice with the Polonova Flower Trouser Socks and Polonova Floral Lace Trouser Socks.
Now, I’ve thought I’ve been in a tight spot before with these constellations, but I’m absolutely lost as to how to represent scorpio in socks! Maybe something with wide stripes to represent that segmented tail and basic arm warmers that have that thumb-hand separation that can look cool and claw-like? I don’t know, like the Dreamer Ruffle Striped OTK and the Space Dyed Long Perfect Arm Warmers?
Although, the more I think of it, the more I realise that the Leaf Pattern Fleece Arm Warmers encompass all those aspects in one go, the segmentation, the claw shape (with that pointed bit at the hand, even!). They’re also kind of perfect for the cold November weather.
Just one more month of birth symbols left! How the year is flying by (which I think is the motto of November, or at least should be!)
Our first full month of autumn for the Northern hemisphere, October is one of our favourites. Symbolised by the many-hued tourmaline and opal, the sturdy marigold and the scales of Libra, October is all about balance. Seasonally equivalent to April, October turns the lamb back into a lion that has the frost of winter on its breath.
Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone and comes in several types. And even though the Racing Stripes Midcalf have a colour specifically called “Tourmaline”, it’s all three colours that properly show the range of this stone, with gradients from blues to pinks to greens.
The endless colours and shimmer of opal gave us pause until I remembered the Sparkle shade of Nouvella’s space dyed Knee Highs and Terry Baby Booties. Just like all the colours of the rainbow are faceted through opal, Sparkle is almost dizzying in its inclusion of hue. Hueclusion, even.
Marigolds! Part of the Asteraceae family that includes the dandelions and asters of September, they’re sturdy little blooms that are great companion plants for all those veggies that bugs love to nosh on in the garden. Their little pops of yellow and orange are also a great visual companion to all that green. In the same vein, arm and hand warmers are the perfect thing to accompany you this season. It’s amazing how such a little bit of fabric that fits your pocket makes all the difference in warmth when you need it.
The scales of Libra are all about balance and you know what else is? Toe socks. Not just for quirks and kicks, toe socks help promote better balance by encouraging your toes to spread a bit, just like they were designed for. And you don’t need toed shoes for the benefits! Just wearing a shoe with a wider toe box (front of foot) can make all the difference in the world.
Injinji, ToeSox and ToeToe are all three companies that care about your toes and treating them right, with smart design for your feet. They’ve each got great socks to start with, if you want to dip your toes into a new style.
Ahhh, October. It’s a wonderful month and you’re a wonderful person, so embrace it, stay balanced and cozy!
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!
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!
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