Looking for lively gift ideas? At the Bandon Mercantile, we love Solmate Socks because they’re fun, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.
Here’s the story of Solmate and the Socklady.
We are proud to create a product that is made in the U.S.A. The sock designing, yarn manufacturing, knitting, and finishing touches are completed at small, family-owned businesses in Vermont and North Carolina.
Our socks are knit from 100% recycled materials. The cotton yarn is created by recovering scraps from the production of cotton products, mainly t-shirts.
Using 100% recycled yarns has many benefits. By using recycled yarns, Solmate Socks decreases the amount of water, chemicals and by-product wastes of manufacturing, reduces CO2 emissions, and helps to reduce the demand for new cotton crops.
Our recycled yarns are certified by Made in Green and Oeko-Tex. Certification requires that our materials are free from harmful substances, made with respect for the environment, and with respect for human rights.
About the Artist
Marianne Wakerlin, the Socklady, is founder and owner of Solmate Socks. Her history with knitting goes back to when she was 9 years old and her mother, Sunny, taught her how to knit. After years of producing beautiful sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves, she discovered the joy of knitting socks. Within ten years, dozens of friends and family members received her colorful mismatched creations.
“I found it exhilarating, designing a pair of socks that didn’t match and were knit with original patterns in sharply contrasting colors,” said Marianne.
Marianne knit over one hundred pairs of socks, each more elaborately designed than the last, and everybody loved them. It was time to turn her hobby into a business.
Solmate Socks was founded in 2000, in the Socklady’s hometown in central Vermont.
Her colorful and complex patterns are knit in the USA at a small family owned
knitting mill, then finished and inspected by hand before finally being mismatched with their “solmate.”
Socklady story and photos by Solmate.
From the Tidbits Tag blog, by Kristy Wallin
Kantha is a type of embroidery used to create quilts from found and recycled fabrics, including vintage Indian blankets and saris. The hand stitching is unique to the artisan, whose personal needlework is showcased in each finished product. The craft of kantha is thousands of years old and deeply rooted in rich cultures and traditions.
In rural Indian homes, kantha quilts are offered to guests as a kind expression of welcome. Visiting friends and family find comfort and warmth in the beautiful handcrafted blankets. Each piece is meaningful and totally unique.
Tag designers and product developers traveled to India to hand-select vintage silk blend quilts for the holiday collection. Because of the nature of vintage recycled products, each sari and kantha varies from the next.