Sock of the Month Club: January's Socks Are All About Texture

 

Of course, the sock of the month club has been around since long before anyone in my family had ever heard of it, which means this trendy business model may have been around even longer than that. The concept behind sock of the month clubs couldn’t be simpler: a gift-giver selects a particular pair of socks to send to the recipient each month, whether it be an acquaintance, loved one or even just themselves. In addition to getting something exciting in the mail every single month, sock-of-the-month club members also get to sample different yarns and fabrics from all over the world.

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What is Sock Knitting?


Sock knitting is a form of knitting that uses one set of needles to create socks. It is usually done using circular needles for magic loop or DPNs. The process includes four basic steps. First, you cast on stitches and knit a heel, then you knit the foot, then you shape your toe and finally, you bind off your stitches. You can use two circular needles to work this process as well.

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Why Hand-knit Socks Have Many Different Benefits Over Store-Bought Ones


Hand-knit socks have many benefits that store-bought ones can't provide. With a sock subscription, you'll get to receive custom made socks tailored to your specific needs. Plus, they're much warmer and more comfortable than store-bought socks because they're made with more attention to detail and care. The best sock subscriptions also come with a 30 day money back guarantee so you won't be stuck with any ugly or uncomfortable pairs!

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What are Blind Warps?


Blind warps are long, continuous yarns that are woven into a pattern with other yarns. This creates an extra layer of texture and thickness to the sock. They can be woven horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Sometimes they're used as decorative detail or for reinforcement in high stress areas. They're often used in winter socks, as it helps to keep your feet warm.

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How Does Yarn Dyeing Work?


The process for dyeing yarn is very similar to that of dyeing fabric. The first step is to soak the yarn in a pot containing water and dyestuff. When working with natural fibers, you can use either a pot or a vat as it doesn't matter if there are loose fibers that go into the water. If you're working with synthetic materials such as acrylic, rayon, or nylon, then you should use a vat to prevent chemical reactions from occurring between the dyestuff and any other chemicals in your pot.
After soaking for about fifteen minutes, remove the yarn and place on an old towel to dry.

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Why It’s Important to Choose Natural Dyes


Why choose natural dyes? For one, it'll help protect your skin and your overall health. There are a lot of chemicals in artificial dye, like p-phenylenediamine, that can cause problems if they're absorbed into your body. Another great reason is that natural dyes won't bleed onto other clothes or other materials they touch. Say you have white socks and you wash them with dark clothes - the white dye from your socks will transfer to all those other clothes! Natural dyes also give a more vivid color than artificial ones do, which means brighter colors for your socks!

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Tips on Choosing Your First Pair of Hand-Knitted Socks


The mens ankle socks are best for these types of occasions: a present for your dad, a present for your boyfriend, or as a stocking stuffer. If you're going to wear them all day long, you might want to invest in some funky socks that make you smile every time you put them on. The fun and bright colors will be sure to lift your mood no matter what. Plus, they're always comfortable and fit snuggly around your ankles! They're also perfect for nighttime slumber parties with friends or family members who love matching accessories!