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Design contest recap….

I really like the imagery and color in this design, but do I want to get into religious imagery?
I really like the imagery and color in this design, but do I want to get into religious imagery?

Holy cow, another design contest past and what a ride it was.  We placed ads in booth the weekly, free papers here in Portland; the Portland Mercury and the Willamette Weekly, so we got double the action.We received submissions in crayon, black and white pen sketches, marker, paint, and numerous submitted electronically.  I think next year we may add a “Coolest Envelop”  section because there would have been several contenders this year.

I really liked this one. Would other girls?  Would it make a better men's sock?
I really liked this one. Would other girls? Would it make a better men's sock?

A couple people were bummed that the contest was only open to Portland residents but we’ve done it that way because its easier to manage and plan for.  Also, we like Portland and we like to providing a little community contest.  Maybe in the years to come we will have a national contest, I’d like to.

Technology really helped us spread the word this year.  With a twitter account and a Facebook fan page we were able to get our fans involved in the voting.  We started the contest with 213 fans on our page and ended with 655!  That’s huge! Thanks people! We really appreciate the help with voting.

A sock monkey on you socks, genius.
A sock monkey on you socks, genius.

We also wanted to show some of the designs we liked but why they didn’t work for some reason or another.  Some of them we loved but asked ourselves, did we like them because of our own quirky sense of style, or because they’d make a good pair of socks that more than a handful would like?  There were also some wildly creative designs, beautiful in detail but would’ve be just too difficult to actually wear once made.   When working with socks there are some limitations we have to adhere to.  Stitching a design directly into a product is not as forgiving as something like screen printing.  When sock designs get too complicated the sock gets really tight becuase all the stings are woven together and tight socks = bad.

Kind of a remedy we’ve found for making more detailed socks is just making them shorter.  So instead of our signature knee high, we can get some of the more difficult designs made on ankle high, or crew socks.  This way the sock doesn’t have to makes its way over the varying calf sizes that are out there.

Yeah, weird, right?  But I like it.  Too difficult.
Yeah, weird, right? But I like it. Too difficult.

So all in all we had approximately 600-700 submissions.  Its great fun to go through all the designs and really cool to see what people come up with.  And then once we start getting votes in, its even more interesting to see what people are drawn to.  Thanks artists and voters for your participation, we had a great 3rd Annual Design a Sock Contest! Its never too soon to start on ideas for next year.  And just a little tid bit of information…..we accept design ideas all year and if we really like it and decide to put it into production, you the artist, gets 200 dollars cash money!

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Design a Sock Contest now running!!

To our Portland peeps…

It’s heeeeere! Yes, the Portland-only Annual Design-A-Sock Contest is back, now in its third year. Third! We’re excited. Last year, we had so many submissions, we could have filled a kiddie pool or two. No joke. So get into your creative spunky mood and start sketching, coloring, computer-designing… you know, do what you do. You get five chances to knock our socks off. Tehehe. Pun intended.

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Like other years, the first place winner gets $500. That’s five Benjamins. Five. What would you do with that kind of money? New bike gear, a trip to Central America, a car payment or two…

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Anyhoo, find the sock template and in a HURRY in one of these three locations: in this week’s Willamette Week (Page 16. Rip it out. Make copies), in this week’s Portland Mercury (Page 12) or on our website (see it over there on the left side?). Make up to five designs and email ’em in to designcontest@sockittomesocks.com or send via snail mail (Design Contest, 6624 SE 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97206). Submissions are due by Friday, Sept. 25th at 5pm (which is less than 10 days away)—in hand, not postmarked.  Hurry, get em in!!!

Remember, multiple winners are awarded!

First Place: $500 + 10 pairs of socks + production of sock & integration into our SITM line

Second Place: $100 + 5 pairs of socks

Third Place: $50 + 3 pairs of socks

Bonus win: If we like your designs, we may just buy em off you, anyways!

Some rules and regulations:

Entrants must be Portland residents. No more than five entries per person. Designs must be the artist’s original creation and shall not be copies or duplicated from previously published art. The design is limited to a maximum of five colors. All colors must be flat and solid, with no shadint, belendinf or half-tones. Simple is good. Patterns are good. Check out our website for designs that have worked in the past. The designs must fill the template provided here or online. Sock It To Me reserves the right to alter the design if necessary. All designs submitted will become the sole property of Sock It To Me and will not be returned. Sock It To Me will not assume liability for any damage, loss or theft of any entry. Submit address, email and phone number along with design.

An—ahem—esteemed panel of young creatives will serve as judges for the contest, and the winners will be announced by October 10, 2009, right here on our website. So check back! And thank you for your submissions. We love this time of year. Such talent out there, Portland! Good luck! xo

Summer, work, summer, fun, summer, work, summer….don’t leave!!

Ahhhh!  Don’t tell me summer is ending, becuase I don’t want to hear it.  Summers go way too fast here and that is my only complaint about the Pacific Northwest.  I was born and raised in Nebraska, where summers start early May and end late August.   That is four full months of glorious summer.  Here summers start early July if we’re lucky and at nearly the end of August I’m already hearing murmurs of the leaves changing, or  comments of chilly mornings.  Stop!  I don’t want to hear it!  Oh summer, if you would just stay for one month longer, what a joy to my heart you would bring.   Please???????   Well, maybe my summer seems to be going so fast because I’ve been jamming it packed full with lots of fun and busy-ness.   It started off with a spontaneous road trip with my dear friend Becky to Montana.  What a beautiful place and I thank her for introducing it to me.IMG_3066

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Shortly after that if was off to a weekend kayaking/camping trip around the San Juan Islands, near Seattle.  Wow, another beautiful trip.  We saw Orca whales (!!!!), eagles, seals, and jelly fish.  We paddled 12 miles a day and feasted on gourmet meals at each stop…..I could get used to that!  You may be wondering, where does the work part come in?  Well, not to worry, its crammed in between adventures and then enters the story at full throttle pretty soon here.

The weekend after kayaking was my 31st birthday!  Jeeze, they come fast, but I had an excellent time with some of my closest friends at a beach house we rented on the Oregon Coast.  Ahhhhh, beach front house and crab dinner…..that’s the way to go.

Ok, here comes the work part…..as I said there was a bunch squished in in between the long weekend adventures, and the brunt of is just started last week with the 1st of 2 trade shows.  Only being one week apart, I have my work cut out for me.  Lots of planning goes on behind the scenes to make these things fly and 2 back to back took a lot of juggling.  The first show (New York International Gift Fair) went really well.  We were happy with the results and look forward to working with all our new East Coast clients.  East side!

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Now back in Portland, I’m sittin’ tight for a bit and will head off to trade show #2 on Saturday.  This show is called POOL, and its held in conjunction with MAGIC in Las Vegas.  We’ve done MAGIC before, liked it, and now we’re trying something new. We’ll let you know how it goes and what celebrites we see, if any.  Last year I saw Mike Tyson (yep!) and a contestant from the reality show Apprentice.

And then…..as if this weren’t enough summer time adventure, I’m going to Burning Man!!  Woo hoo!  So yeah….I’m kind of an experience junkie, and I’m coming to terms with it.  But I’m just so excited I can barely contain myself.  Brain exploding art and creativity????  Yes, please!!

During all this hub-bub we tackled new branding, a new website, put together a new catalog, got our Holiday order together and sent off, and then we will wrap it up with our yearly Design a Sock Contest.  A contest that is open year round but we do a special version of it for our Portlanders. This year to be held from Sept. 15-Sept 25.  More details coming soon.

Shew!  What a summer!  Couldn’t have done it without the help of Amber, Kisa, and all the awesome freelancers we use, far and near.   A busy summer, but I would most certainly take another month of it if I could.  We love you summer!

New Fall Styles are in!!

Hello all,

I hate to bring up the end of summer, cuz it just started in our neck of the woods……BUT…..the news is just to exciting not to share.  All of our fall designs just arrived and are up on the site!  Check em out and let us know what you think.  There’s 46 new designs total! And the addition of the new Women’s Crew line.  We heard a lot of people wishing we carried a the same high quality sock, with the same fun designs, just in a shorter sock for women, and we listened.   Included in this new line is the Bacon and Eggs sock, and the Sushi sock, just to name a few….mmmmm bacon…..mmmm……sushi….is it lunch time yet?

Also we also have  some great new men’s styles in.  Bring it Bot and and Mustache Love seem to be the most popular right off the bat.

And then you can’t forget about the new knee highs.  Fox in Tree is oh so cute, and Birds on Wire, in both grey and  teal, have already gotten some buzz.  But you’ll have to take a look cuz there’s like hundreds more, at least that’s how it feels over here.

All the new styles have the new labels we finally decided on (thanks for your feedback) and new website is soon to follow.  So many changes!  We’re growing up!  Thanks guys for your continued support.  We couldn’t have done it with out you!

Now on to getting some lunch!

Carrie