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New York Comic Con is coming up quick and boy are we jealous of those of you who will be attending. There will be amazing guests, killer panels, fantastic cosplay, and…us! Now, while we won’t be there vending our wares, you’ll still get a chance to snag some sweet Sock Dreams stuff.
“How is this possible?” you may ask. Well, let me explain. NYCC is going to have an exciting new feature, hosted by TheMarySue.com. It’s called “Geek Girl HQ“, and we are going to be a part of it. This is a place where women can hang out, relax, and recharge. Recharge your cell phones, that is. There will be special appearances, musical performances, crafts, games, and a library corner. Just go to Room 1E02 in the Javits Center during the convention from October 9-12.
“What does any of this have to do with Sock Dreams?” Another very good question. Sock Dreams is sponsoring the Cosplay Contest! In Geek Girl HQ there will be a life sized frame next to a table full of props that you can use to either create a costume or augment your own. Snap a photo of yourself in the frame and tweet @TheMarySue #GGHQ to enter the contest.
“Did you say something about freebies?” Why, yes I did. Try $200 worth of sock dreams goodies. We are giving away a super Grand Prize Package to the winner of the contest. Here’s what it includes:
- 1 hand painted wooden treasure box
- 1 Sock Dreams Water Bottle in Silver
- 1 Pair of Long Cuffable Scrunchable Leg Warmers in Black
- 1 Pair of Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in Light Blue & Natural
- 1 Pair of Dreamy Knees in Twilight
- 1 bottle of It Stays! Body Adhesive
- 1 $50 Sock Dreams Gift Card
- 3 vintage Sock Dreams Stickers
- 3 vintage Sock Dreams Buttons
We are also giving away gift cards to three runners up. So if you are going to New York Comic Con, be sure to stop by Geek Girl HQ for your chance to win!
Petticoats are wonderful. But they come in such limited colours, really. Even the Layered Tulle Petticoat’s seven colours and the Mid-Length Petticoat’s three new colours still don’t add up to enough colours. What about brown? Or grey?!
Well, for science, I grabbed three different fiber blends of petticoats to see how well they dye. Here are the petticoats I picked:
As you can see, they cover the bases from 100% nylon (easy enough to dye) to 100% polyester (much trickier to dye).
Now, I’ve dyed things for the Sock Journal before, pretty much always using RIT dye. I like using RIT because you can pick it up at big supermarkets or tiny local craft stores. It’s pretty accessible and not that expensive, when it comes to dye. It’s made to work best on nylon and cotton blends, which means I had to get fancy for the polyester fiber in some of these petticoats. That means I finally had an excuse to use iDye Poly, which is made for nylon and polyester fibers!
With all my dye and dyeables at hand, I was ready to add some colour! Or, um, grey. Specifically RIT’s Pearl Grey liquid dye. Because I really wanted a grey petticoat. The 100% nylon Lace Petticoat was my control. I’ve dyed nylon bunches, so I had an idea of how it’d turn out.
Here’s a quick guide on the weight of the petticoats I’m using.
- The Lace Petticoat and Puffy Chiffon Mini Petticoat are both just around one-third a pound.
- The Mid-Length Petticoat is about 4/10ths a pound, but I’m treating it like a half-pound for math easiness.
Remember, folks who dye, you can always drop us a line and ask how much something weighs, so you can calculate your dye. Since we ship things, we always have those numbers at hand!
Due to the sheer fluff of the petticoats involved, I had to use the “big ol’ bucket” method of dyeing, which is putting the hottest water safe for the fabric into a five gallon bucket and adding your dye to that. I also added vinegar, which helps dye sink into and stick on nylon fiber.
As a refresher: thoroughly wet what you’re dyeing, prep your dye, add the thing you’re dyeing, agitate & wait! I gave this petticoat 20 minutes in the dye bath.
How did it turn out? Oh, you will see!
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!
It’s getting cold and you want a taller sock or stocking. Either under pants, or with shorts (because summer never dies in our hearts!), or so you can keep wearing skirts but keep covered. For style, comfort or curiosity reasons, you want to try a thigh high. You’ve got your measurements in hand and the Advanced Search limited to “thigh high”, so now what?
We haven’t had a “What is a . . .” breakdown of thigh highs yet, partly because they’re so mutable! Personal taste, inseam and thigh circumference all come into play when walking that definition between a sock that falls “over the knee” and a sock that is truly “thigh high.” So, for the sake of this imaginary shopping plunge you’re about to take, let’s say you want a sock that falls at least in the middle of your thigh.
Extraordinarily Longer styles
Let’s start with a gimmie. The Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs have a length and stretch that we’ve yet to beat. Their cuffs stretch to 27 inches comfortably and are nice and wide, so they aren’t as prone to biting into those soft spots on your leg. At 31 inches from heel to the top of the cuff, unstretched, they have enough length to go up even long, full legs (the more a style stretches around, the less length it often has). They also come in stripes!
I know, they also cost $20, which is a big investment. You can get packs of three knee highs for $8 at your local department store. But our Dreamer Socks are made to our specifications, based on observations on sock fit made over a decade. We really love and believe in our Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs and when folks ask us “what should my first thigh high be?” the first reaction of a Dreamer is “these!!” With a foot size range that goes from a US women’s shoe size 7 (a men’s 5) to a men’s shoe size 12 (a women’s 14), they’re kind of a sock dream come true.
I asked my fellow Dreamers what thigh high (excluding the Extraordinarily Longers) what they’d recommend to a person looking for their first truly tall sock and I’ve got their answers for you after the jump!
Nothing spells “summertime adventures” quite like a set of abandoned train tracks. Add some cuffed jeans and simple sneakers, and you’ve got the makings of a classic coming-of-age story… or perhaps a reshoot of some of our favorite socks for summer!
It was an overcast morning in early September when we set out for a photoshoot featuring A Chevrons down by the river. The first crisp hints of autumn hung in the air, betraying no hint of the afternoon heat which was to follow. As we came upon some abandoned tracks, the nostalgia was almost tangible, calling out to us to follow those tracks. “Here be adventures!” they called.
Not being ones to flirt with danger, we were pretty cautious in how we approached our adventure, staying well off to the side of the active tracks. We managed to find a fully abandoned part of the line, as evidenced by the vegetative growth obscuring some of the ties, and we ventured onto the rails for a moment there. We found a lovely old can and had some fun kicking it around. When was the last time you played kick-the can?
As with every good adventure, we found some pretty cool stuff on ours! We came upon a pile of unused railroad ties and stopped for a rest as we posed for close-ups. We all paused there for a bit and contemplated nature, the human condition, really good socks, and possibly lunch. The abandoned portion of track led us to an old train car which somebody appears to be renovating, using a lovely shade of blue reminiscent of our own indigo headquarters building.
Much like the summer itself, our adventure sadly had to come to an end. We may never reach the terminus point of those tracks, or find out what awaits beyond the next bend, but at least we all made it back from our hike without sore feet.