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A Year in Socks

January has been just ugly. We are so ready for a new month, a month that brings us closer to the shiny, sunny days of June. Shoot, even April looks good from this point. More days of light, at least.

Truth be told, we often think of the calendar year in terms of socks. For example, next month is when we open up our hearts for Cupid’s arrow (we have lots of heart styles, fyi!). Then there is Mustache March, April Showers, May Flowers… and so forth. It all makes perfect sense, don’t you think? (Well, it would if your lives revolved around socks, as ours do!) At any rate, this is it: A Year in Socks…

January - A time for cozy leg warmers
February - When Cupid arrives, of course
March - For Mustache March
April - As in yucky April showers and cute umbrellas
May - When buds are in bloom
June - When bikes just about outnumber cars in PDX
July - When all I want to eat is sushi, everyday
August - When your toes are always exposed
September - When the Schoolgirl returns
October - When Day of the Dead looms ahead
November - When deer hunting season begins
December - When we enjoy candy canes in all flavors!

Gifts Inspired by the Rain

It’s ultra rare for snow to fall in Portland. Instead, we have these heavy downpours that require rainboots and hooded jackets… and, dare I say it, umbrellas. And if you haven’t already heard, Portlanders don’t use umbrellas. Pride aside, this December weather is downright disgusting. Thus it is time for the umbrella. And if you must sport an umbrella, it needs to be a chic one.

For all of the sloppy wet days that make me gripe, I thought it would be fun to bring you a gift guide inspired by Portland’s most predictable friend.

FOR HER:

Heart umbrella, $29.99 at ModCloth:

Umbrella earrings, $12 at Presents of Mind:

Kate Spade wellies, $125 at Zappos:

Right as Rain knee high socks, $7.50 from Sock It to Me:

“Singing in the Rain” macbook decal, $10 by Krazy Kutz at ArtFire Housewares:

Rain cloud necklace, $34 by DoughLadyDesigns on Etsy:

FOR HIM:

Shroud of Purrin softshell, $335 from Nau:

Waterproof messenger bag, $85 from Manhattan Portage:

“Big Bright Blue Rain on a Black Tee,” $25 by Ahpeele on Etsy:

Tretorn Strala Vinter rain boot, $44 at Zappos:

Win-Win-Winners!!

In case you didn’t know, we just love our local Design-A-Sock contest. Partly because we get to interact with a bunch of talented folk, and also because we end up adding some really fantastic designs to our line of knee highs. Any way you look at it, it’s a win-win situation. Fun for us, fun for you. Speaking of winning, here’s the dirt on our top three finishers, based on the voting on our facebook fan page. We hope you love the designs as much as we do… after all, you helped choose them!

1st Place: $500 + 10 pairs of socks > Peggy

Peggy won us over when she walked in the door wearing a pair of bird stripe socks, apparently one of many SITM styles in her sock drawer at home. We figure we’re at least doubling her collection with TEN new pairs she won alongside the five crisp Benjamins for her winning design:

Peggy works as a graphic designer by day, volunteers in her spare time, and crafts up the wazoo (she’s our new inspiration). What’s more, she has committed to swapping out her car for her two-wheeler, participating in the city’s month-long Bike Commute Challenge. We give her mad props for sticking with the challenge, and we thank her again for her rad, Grand Prize winning submission!

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2nd Place: $100 + 5 pairs of socks > Nichole

What you may not know about Nichole’s submission is that she hand-painted it before scanning it in and sending our way. She wasn’t the only one to submit a design based on free-hand creation, and it was a treat to see the various mediums used by the different artists. Nichole’s umbrella design stood out among a few ideas inspired by Portland’s rainy temperate.

Nichole works for a nonprofit and squeezes in some time for her blog, Lived Up the Stairs, on the side. Upon receiving her cash prize, she told us she was planning on using the mula to vacation to the Grand Canyon. She was certainly excited to come in to the SITM HQ to receive her prize – especially since the only other time she won something like this was in the first grade when she won a pumpkin coloring contest. Glad we could brighten your day, Nichole!

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3rd Place: $50 + 3 pairs of socks > Mattie

Miss Mattie loves illustration, that we know. Without any “formal” training, this talented gal self-taught herself to use Photoshop and other programs to look like a pro (without all of the cost). She’s currently working on burlesque bathroom pieces and hails a lot of inspiration from her artist sister. People freaked out about this design during our facebook voting process. And we can’t agree more: it’s a winner, for sure!

Like Peggy, Mattie is rocking the public transportation and rode on a city bus for an hour and 20 minutes to meet us at the SITM HQ. She picked out a pair of the Mustache socks for her boyfriend, along with the Manatees and Mushrooms for herself. As for the design Mattie submitted… We really hope we can produce it, but there could be some stipulations. Stay tuned; we’re waiting for feedback from our printers. (It’s kinda like checking in with Ma and Pa, if you know what we mean.)

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Again, we here at Sock It to Me send a special “thank you!” to all of the Portland folks who submitted a design or five. It just isn’t fun without you!