My wardrobe mostly is filled with black, shades of gray, browns, the occasional cream or beige and, yes, a splash of scarlet every once in a while. I learned to dress from Vogue Magazine in the Ď60s and Ď70s, when elegant was still in fashion and Grace Mirabella was editing the magazine. This was before Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington took over and started featuring the weird and wacky in their fashion layouts.
On my feet, however, thatís another story. Iím always looking for a pair of out-there shoes or socks to jazz up my outfits. I want the quirky, like the pink bucks that I had in graduate school on the oh-so-proper East Coast. And I wear my favorite black dress, the short, swingy one with the long sleeves, with argyle tights. One would think, knowing that I knit, that surely I would have a complete wardrobe of hand-knitted socks in hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn. One would be wrong: socks are knit on the smallest of needles, and I donít have the patience for them.
Recently, however, I got an email that offered me a way to combine my artistic craving with my love of wild footwear. Sock It To Me, a Portland-based company that specializes in creative socks, sponsors an annual International Design-A-Sock contest that gives cash awards as well as putting the winning designs into production.
I just got a couple of new apps that Iím having fun playing around with. ArtText2 on my MacBook is software for creating textual graphics; SketchBook Pro is a paint and drawing application that I have on my iPad. I think either of them would be perfect for the Design-A-Sock contest, and I canít wait to see what I come up with.
However, you donít have to have these fancy apps to design your own socks to enter. The contest starts March 15, and youíll find all the relevant entry information here. †I’ll be posting my trial designs on MidLifeBloggers; why not send me yours †to post as well.