Posts Tagged ‘snapshot trouser sock

01
May
09

OH NO! A hole in the wall!

My sock wall!  My sock wall has a hole in it!

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Good thing, my lovely UPS man came and brought me a box to fill that gap!  Just in time for Mother’s Day!  I have received eight different styles of snapshot trouser socks, a sure fire for these days.  (We ARE talking Spring here…)  Snapshots will make your legs look tattooed, or if not that, then they will most definitively bring a smile to your and everybody else’s face.  Unfortunately, Nouvella raised their prices this year, therefore they have gone up to $11 a pair.  Still worth it, as they last forever and won’t fade.

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And then I have found another company for cool cotton knit socks.  The Brights are made from recycled cotton, meaning they use leftover yarns from cotton mills and make it into their socks.  These socks are sturdy and super colorful.  Best thing, I have them also for children.

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You can see the Brights pretty much in the middle of this picture.  They are regular socks that fit a shoe size 5 to 10.   The children socks are right under the women’s – there is a pretty pink! – and fit a kids shoe size 12 to 4.

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06
Mar
08

The SOCK pole – revisited….

Well, there you have it! The socks actually arrived a few days ago. My husband found out about the boot. And he is not mad but would like to have access to the boot if he needed it; that was a nice reaction.

As always, when there is a carton full of new stuff, I am overwhelmed. So many colors, so many fine textures, so many styles! This shipment is actually from b.ella, a company which uses yarns from Italy and has the socks made in the USA. The history and on-going story of sock mills warrants a whole entry for itself. Most of the sock mills in this country are in North Carolina. A lot of them had to close. Making socks is an art and pretty complicated. Most sock mills cannot knit more than 5 colors into a sock. Making the tube (the part that hugs your calf) is easy enough, finishing out the heel and toes requires a bit more skill BUT closing the sock is the most important task. It not only has to look pretty, it must also feel smooth and look finished!

There are only very few mills that can do space dye. Space dye is a yarn that is dyed irregularly in a number of colors . The ‘space’ part happens when the yarn is knit. Every sock looks different as the yarn repeats the color – you may see blocked stripes or fine lines. Those socks are always fun. Most of the left side in this picture is taken up by the space dyes.

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After I had all the socks sorted and priced – they need to go up on the wall AND the pole. I decided for the snapshot socks to be hung on the sock pole. The snapshots are actually photographs transferred to the sock. They are pretty wild – my customers love them.

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