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October! A time of magic and mystery and cooling weather. There’s no better month for the original Dreamer, Niq, to be born! The founder and President of Sock Dreams, she’s probably got the hardest time of all of us trying to pick a favourite sock to recommend to you all this month.
A long time ago, though, when she was the one writing the Sock Journal, Niq posted a sock of the day (or other sort of little updates). So she’s had her toes in just about every style we carry and have carried! That’s a lot of sock memory that can cloud up what one’s current fave style is.
To buy her some time, let’s look at some old favourites from Niq’s daily sock postings that we still carry. Because oldies are goodies and I’m forever thankful that not all socks are seasonal!
Sure, we don’t have that colourway in Boy’s Socks any longer, but the style thrives on! That also goes for the EG Smith Original Bootsocks, which may have gone away for a while but are once again a staple of Niq’s sock drawers.
And, it’s another one of our delicious Dream Stockings that Niq picked for her current fave! Here’s what she says:
Narrowing my favorite socks down to a single pair was not an easy task for me but the Super Dreamy won out because they’re like a security blanket for my legs and feet, comforting all the way to my soles. I love them for traveling, especially during the chillier months, because they layer well and can turn a tank top or t-shirt into a perfect pair of pajamas that can also double as a great base for my daywear.
Most truthfully, her current favourite are a pair of Cronert that aren’t live yet. But that’s par for the course, Cronert’s deliciously soft cotton and lovely patterns are Niq’s kryptonite and have been for a long time. The Elliot Anklet is another favourite, with the sweet scalloped cuff and florals. One more that she loves and misses (and we hope is something we can restock soon!) are the Tentacle Boot Socks, made specially for us by Raygun Robyn.
So, a happy birthday month to the reason you’re here shopping and we’re here socking (and to all you other October babies)!
What are letters and pictures without numbers and theories? Since last week you started your sock school day with some writing and art, your brain is all warmed up and ready for some science and math!
Science is a broad field that covers a lot of learnin’. There are many “-ologies” (“studies of”) out there to nerd out on. I think a lot of folks think of a lab and assorted fiddly bits when presented with the word “science”, but in actuality there’s a lot more there. Studying dinosaurs is science. Maybe it is the best science.
Let’s start with a field that isn’t an “-ology” but whatever. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects, all that weird and beautiful star stuff. What they’re made of, where they’re going, how they interact with each other and us—it’s a science that isn’t that intimidating, because not only are the stars always with us, but amateur astronomers have been vital parts of many major discoveries.
Another thing that is always with us, like it or not, are insects and that’s what entomology studies! From obviously useful insect friends, like bees, to what a lot of us consider pests, entomology investigates insects from their smallest parts to the greatest expanse of their social structures and their place in the ecosystem. I know somebody who did their doctoral work on the iridescence of beetle carapaces and that is a pretty awesome thing.
From land to sea, marine biology studies the critters (a very scientific term) that live in the ocean and other non-fresh water places. Like bugs and space, you get to look at some weird monsters and beautiful creatures that we share the world with.
Of course, both entomology and marine biology are subsets of plain ol’ biology, the natural science of life and living stuff. There are five natural sciences: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics. When it comes to socks, synthetic fibers, like Coolmax, have chemistry to thank. How socks stay up is directly connected to physics (and sock glue) and as for the earth sciences, socks—well, socks rock.
Natural science is one of the “empirical sciences”, while mathematics is classed as a “formal science”. You may now picture your favourite number dressed up as James Bond.
Though we use math all the time with socks (they come to us in packs of six, which means I’m very good at my six-times tables), they’re not as easy to integrate into mathematics.
Well, they do divide themselves more often than we’d like, leaving one in the dryer and one off exploring the depths of space or something. If you don’t like your socks doing division, using a hosiery bag for washing should keep them prime (get it, indivisible?!). The brand Soxks even includes a wash bag with each pair!
Now, I know a lot of folks wish their sock collection could multiply, but there’s an easy way to do that. Multi packs!
From two packs to six, buying more socks at once not only multiplies your styles, but is also a formula for savings, since they’re often less per pair when packaged together.
There are no sciences like the sock sciences (both natural and formal). Now that you’ve been sock schooled, I hereby deem you professors of socks! Just in time for the new school year. May all your learning be as useful and fun as socks can be.
Fall is right around the corner, if you squint you can see it! School is about to start or has already started for lots of folks and we’ve got your sock curriculum all planned out. We’re going to sock-school you!
However you feel about school, writing and the arts of language is a vital foundation to life (we have words to thank for our sassy, punny copy, for instance!). So grab your pencil and some paper to take down a few notes.
Creativity is key and it’s amazing what can blossom between restraints of form. That could be the limits of a form poem, or working with given prompts. An example! Let’s try a triplet, three lines using the same rhyme and forming a complete little thought unto themselves.
And for inspiration, some words.
Okay, let’s try . . .
The evil jinn, not gin the drink,
Poured himself a glass, and sat to think.
And as he drank, began to shrink.
Wait, are you even paying attention. You’re reading comic books, aren’t you?
I mean, comic books are great, and actually a perfect example of what restraints of form can do in inspiring the creative process. It’s just, a little rude when I’m all trying to teach up-over here. But I can take a hint. Let’s move on to a related subject.
The visual arts go hand-in-hand with written language. They can convey and document, suggest and imagine. More than just pretty pictures, it’s how people decorate their world through architecture and textiles and how that process influences and is influenced by society.
• Maroc Midcalf (architectural design in form of repeating tile patterns) •
• Folklore Midcalf (simplistic motif used to convey story and feeling) •
• Art Deco Tights (highly influential visual style that influenced all aspects of life) •
Though the kind of paintings that hang in museums get a lot of attention, work that should never be overlooked is that inspired by or related to handicraft and entertainment. Silhouette scenes and patterns cut from card are a great example of this. Though silhouette portraiture was popularised in the Victorian era, paper cut scenes were a popular way to illustrate books since the late 18th century and their use in shadow theatre is an ancient art.
Oh, there goes the bell! Well, I’ll see you back here after lunch (or, ahem, next week) for your last two classes, science and math. Don’t make that face, it’ll be fun.
After two months of just single Dreamer birthdays we’ve got a whole mess of folks born in July! Like their summer birthday month, the love they have for these styles burns bright!
Nina is our Customer Service Manager and the darkest ray of sunshine. If it’s black and sparkly, then she’s got a pair. When I asked her what her favourite style was, the first one on the list did not surprise me.
Some of my favorites include the Tabbisocks Party Night warmers because my hands are always cold, but it is imperative to always sparkle!
But she didn’t stop there!
I am a HUUUUUGE fan of the 100-inch Super Ruched socks made exclusively for us by Tabbisocks. A truly impressive sock that doesn’t get the love it deserves, IMO. They go on forever, soft and light, endlessly scrunchable, and a great conversation starter.
Tabbisocks Cat Tights because they are infinitely adorable . . . made even more so (if that’s even possible) with the DIY addition of google eyes and paired with my bestest kitty shoes.
Oh, my! I think it might have just occurred to me…I am in mad, mad love with Tabbisocks!
And we’re in mad, mad love with you, Nina!
Though she’s effusing over only one style, Sabrina (our savant of both the shop and Customer Service) says she picked the Dreamy Knees in Peacock to “spread my love for stripey Sock Dreams Dreamy/Color Knees. Stripey socks are my favorite! And Dreamy Knees/Color Knees are the best! I own about 7 different colorways, but I probably wear the Peacock Dreamy Knees the most because those are all my favorite colors. BEST. COLOR. PALETTE. EVER.”
With six types of Colour Knees, four Dessert Knees, three variations of rainbow, and all the delicious Dreamy Knees, Miz Sabz has the giantest heart of anybody to love all these stripes! Though she doesn’t limit her love, and lets other patterns get in on the mix.
But don’t think it’s all that colour that’s winning her over, ‘cause lady can wear a neutral as well.
Ryan is our Domestic Shipping Manager and a general all-around handy dude and wonderful human. He somehow manages to be a man of not many words who can still sling sass and enthusiasm with the best of them. Ryan chose the Dreamer Jacquard Flowering Vine OTK to represent his overall preference for our Dreamer Socks styles, the Extraordinary styles in particular.
First I need to give a solemn shout out to my favorite pair of socks for nostalgia’s sake. Those would be the O Yummies in Blueberry, my very 1st pair of Sock Dreams socks, that, alas, shared a similar fate with most of our discontinued lines, in that the yarn source dried up. My current favorites are the Extraordinaries, in any style/color. In my opinion these are the perfect year round sock. The coverage adds enough warmth for all but the coldest days and the weave gives enough breath-ability for all but the hottest days. Lastly, if you hate scrunchy, slouchy socks like me, then you’ll be pleased to know that these tend to stay where you put them on your legs.
Ryan is a joy to shoot and regularly rocks the heck out of taller socks paired perfectly with shorts. His love of our Dreamer Socks is only eclipsed by being a grade-A goof if you make him model toe socks.
And then there’s our fabulous Shop Shift Supervisor Rose! Girl can layer. And that’s her game, too:
SITM has always been my go to style of sock. I mainly wear a quirky novelty sock (or two) layered over bright (FT) tights or (NV) leggings. All year round. Every now and again I’ll go a little fancier with openwork tights, layered over solid tights and always with converse. Keepin’ it classy and a bit weird, layer by layer.
My go to colors are seafoam, teal, purple, black, and pink – often all at once.
So of course she layered two socks together because “Because dinosaurs in space“!
I can always rely on Rose for an ultimate pairing of socks and accessories, like the shirt and necklace combo with the Neon Suspenders or that she gave me three (!) under layering colour options when she modelled the Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights.
July birthday folks, you’re a joy! Keep cool temperature-wise, ‘cause I know you already got the “being awesome” part of cool down!
Happy Fourth of July! Fireworks, cookouts, lots of flags! It’s an important holiday folks tend to celebrate in a fun way. The most patriotic thing is to celebrate and support the States by buying things made in the USA.
Of course, all of our Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks styles are made here in the USA and we have some pretty slammin’ reds and royal blues.
We only have a handful of American Flag socks, but the run the style gamut from the practically superhero-like Old Glory Printed Trouser Socks to the almost vintage-feel of the Old Glory Midcalves (which are, funnily enough, the only flag socks we have that are made in the USA).
Now, you know my weakness is colours and pairing colours. So let’s shuck the origins for a little bit and just splash around in the boldly beautiful combo of red, white and blue after the jump. Consider it a tiny sock fireworks show! Heck, we’ll throw in some fireworks too!