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Some of you may have noticed over the years that we here at Sock Dreams are rather fond of our vices… while “sock hoarding” is probably the number one vice for most of us, we’re also fans of assorted boozes, in moderation. Gumball Poodle has been good enough to supply us with so many boozy word socks over the years that it wasn’t until after a photoshoot at our friendly neighborhood bar (featuring virgin drinks – after all, it was 3PM and we were all on the clock) that we noticed kind of a conspicuous hole in our sock liquor cabinet…. ABSINTHE!
Distilled with anise seed and fennel (which makes it taste vaguely of licorice), Absinthe was once very popular among artists, writers, Parisiennes and romantics in general, but gained notoriety due to its traditional inclusion of wormword. Stemming from severely overblown reports of the psychoactive properties of this drink (in reality it is no more hallucinogenic than whiskey or vodka), it was made illegal in many countries for the better part of a century. It was relegalized in the USA a few years back, and while those of us who have tried it are more fond of it in theory than reality, there’s no denying the allure of this infamous beverage.
Those of you familiar with the history of this drink (or perhaps the film Moulin Rouge) may also have heard of “la fée verte,” or “the green fairy”. This is not only a euphemism for the drink itself, but the embodiment of the artistic spirit and romantic ideals. About 2 minutes into our conversation about getting ABSINTHE socks it became clear that we would need coordinating fairy socks. We settled on the spelling, “FAERY,” as it was a nice compromise between “fairy” and “faerie”, and looked the best in our signature Art Nouveau font.
And so it is that we present to you our two new Sock Dreams exclusive styles from Gumball Poodle – ABSINTHE and FAERY in inverted colors – perfect for mixing or matching! We recommend pouring them over a sugar lump and diluting with water until they become slightly cloudy…… or just put them on your feet and enjoy! Most importantly, always drink (or wear) your ABSINTHE responsibly!
When we focused on red last year I stuck with that true, mid-century lipstick hue. Unlike some colours (purple is a good example) that have a strong and steady gradient of types, things that are red tend to be either RED or a fancily named dark red like “Bordeaux”, “Merlot” or “Burgundy”.
These delicious dark hues sometimes dip their toe into purple, but they’re always red in the shadows. Dark reds can be particularly picky about how they look, depending on who they’re by, as you can see in this shot of the O Chevrons in Dark Red/Black (left) and Dark Red/White (right).
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!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We say “Dark Red” for our house brand styles, ‘cause that’s what it is! The nylon yarn’s “Maroon”, however, has plummy undertones that make it deliciously deep.
A long time ago, B.Ella’s “Burgundy” used to be very berry, but since then, their dye batches have deepened and desaturated into this very sedate shade that is more Merlot.
They do love their “Burgundy”, making it a standard with Black, a brown and a grey for a lot of their styles. In cotton, the burgundy has a yellow base, while polyester and nylon-heavy blends make it more blue. The Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers are an outlier, with their fuzzy off-white marl.
Real talk: when does Tabbisocks ever not do a colour beautifully? Their Merlot is deep and delightful, with just the right amount of berry tones even in the comparatively darker versions.
“Port” is a dark red word used pretty much only by Sockwell and Stance, who (at least on the dark end) interpret it pretty similarly. EG Smith and Una go brighter in their dark reds, with a more vibrant burgundy than most folks turn out.
How a dark red shakes out is pretty straightforward: darker shades with tones of purple, lightening up to some pure berry!
You may be familiar with folks using flowers to secretly say what their heart truly means. If you’re thinking of getting yourself or someone else a bouquet of socks, we have quite the garden of floral styles for you to pick from.
When it comes to simply depicting flowers, there is a lot of artistic interpretation that happens, which means the majority of our styles are more of a “floral motif”, with lots of indeterminate blooms and flower-like patterns that evoke a garden without being specific.
But! If you’re looking for a little something more, we’ve also made sure you can search for common flower types to better convey your feelings.
These are loose interpretations of pretty petals, so if you see a bloom we’ve overlooked or mis-identified, let us know! We did our best, but are not botanists (though the folks who design floral patterns aren’t often, either) and many of these flower designs could be representing one kind or another. That said, let’s have some floral fun!
The Anemone is a simple, multi-petal flower with a burst of colour in the center. It can mean a lot of things, but it particularly represents anticipation.
A Carnation is a deeply layered bloom and its distinctly saw-tooth profile is often used as a complement to traditional rose patterns. Meaning everything from deep love to good luck, depending on colour, in general a carnation expresses love, fascination and distinction.
An emblem of good fortune, the Cherry Blossom signals love and affection, while their short span before falling also hints at the fleeting nature of feeling and time.
What defines the Chrysanthemum has often been contentious. A flower of variables, the one constant is many little florets working together to make a spectacular flower that stands for optimism and joy.
Though a bold flower, the Hibiscus means “delicate beauty”. It’s one of those designs that, when rendered in sock form, could be a geranium or even a lily, if you’re just looking at shapes. It’s the tropical colours that help them stand out from the crowd.
The Lily is another classic bouquet flower that holds a different meaning for each colour it blooms in. From “modesty” to “passion”, or “gaiety” to “refined beauty”, the lily can represent practically as many things as the individual breeds of both true and named lilies (though the BlueQ socks below are pretty clear in their meaning)!
Even more bedecked with meaning, the Rose could say “hey, you’re a rad friend” (yellow) to “love at first sight” (purple).
There’re lots more meanings to flowers and colours. And with a search through our Floral styles you can wear your heart on your toes, if not on your sleeve!
It’s almost time for the most romantic of holidays, and while we know it’s not for everyone, we still think it’s a great excuse to to honor love of all kinds.
LOVE Knee Highs from Gumball Poodle keep their message simple and to-the-point.
Love is a wonderful thing, because it doesn’t have to be about romance. This is still a great time to celebrate platonic love, or the love for yourself that can be so difficult to foster. It can be about your love of socks, or the love that a sock company feels for all of its amazing customers…. like you!
Heart Lace Foot Wraps would be unique and romantic even without the adorable little hearts that cover them!
It so happens that this sock company has so much love for their customers that we want to give you all a special valentine:
From February 6th until 11:59 PM on Valentine’s Day (which will be on Saturday the 14th), we’re offering 20% off of all orders of $14 or more! Just enter the code, “SonnetSocks” when you go to your shopping cart between now and the 14th!
Our Valentine’s Logo Lady is available as a sticker – just make an order note requesting one when you place an order!
Much love, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
When you search “fleece” on our site, mostly you see variations of polar fleece and fleece-lined, but there are two outliers that are actually informative.
The fiber content for the Nuova Ribbed Wool Midcalf explains that they’re made from “one of the rarest and finest grades of Alpaca fleece.” And the New Zealand Sleepy Sheep Bedsock mentions the fleece-y coats of sheep. See, polar fleece was designed to mimic the insulating properties of natural fleece (the wooly coat of sheep and other fiber animals), which it does—right down to retaining its insulating (read: warm-making) powers when wet.
Similar to Dupont’s choice to not trademark the word “nylons”, the inventor of polar fleece declined to patent it, an action that encouraged the proliferation and acceptance of this new fabric. I’m sure the totally snuggly aspects of polar fleece helped too.
I mean, just look at how snuggly the Jellybean Fleece Slipper Socks are!
Lately, we’ve been seeing more and more “fleece” styles pop up. Most are polar fleece (or have the same qualities), but some aren’t quite. One of the definitive aspects of fleece (animal, polar or colloquial), is a woolly nap or pile. And both those words are just fancy fabric terms for a raised surface. Corduroy, velvet terry, all those touchable textures involve a distinctive fuzzy finish. Which, all of our “fleece” styles have.
Now, if that fuzzy finish is actually fleece-y or something else is another thing. Like a lot of accessory and clothing descriptors, like “crochet”, “fleece” can be used a little willy-nilly but is internally consistent in definition. So let’s look at what we mean when we say “fleece.”