Category Archives: Socks which have served me well.

The baby carrier…

So… In answer to the first things that spring to mind: yes they were and yes they are.

Without doubt this is the coolest iPad case on the planet, full stop.

The backstory: wifey makes things, amazing things, sometimes out of metal, sometimes out of fimo/sculpey and sometimes out of socks. I’ve not posted many as I’m intending to make a collection of the images for her in blurb book format, but she is amazingly talented and I’m lucky to live in an wonderfully creative (albeit messy) house 🙂

The other day she nicked the iPad out of the box to make me a case. That would have been a wonderful surprise apart for the fact that I then picked up the box to move it and had a near heart attack at how light it felt. Once I sussed out what had happened I felt a little calmer and when I managed to get back from work I was delighted to see a new case to care for my new baby. It’s made, in case you were wondering, from a protective layer of bubble wrap, a nice soft cuddle of fluffy cloth and a decorative layer of old cartoon socks. The ones which have served me well and can be darned no more. I like the fact they live on and, to reiterate, yes they were washed and yes, they were clean.

So: while I was excited to get an iPad in the post I’m now doubly delighted to encase it in the grooviest of coverings. The pic of the Hulk is the fourth thing I’ve drawn in Brushes; the others very sketchy and doodley things created to get my eye in and used to the feel of the screen which feels strangely resistant for some reason (quite possibly the oleophobic coating that is said to resist fingerprints, scratches and so on). It’s a completely different way or drawing which I’m both loving and growing slowly into… On the iPod touch I could be fairly tight with the lines/detail whereas on the iPad it all feels free-er, move expressive and expansive. I hope that in a years time I’ll have found the way of using it as much as I feel I have with the iPod touch… We’ll see. More on here as regularly as I can do to show how things are progressing but, for the moment, it’s time for the socks and wifey’s skills to take centre stage 🙂

The coolest iPad case on the planet.
©Wifey :)
iPad case made of socks 2
© Wifey :)
Socky iPad case 3.
© Wifey :)

Socks which have served me well…

So… as an ex-animator there are some parts of the industry that I still keep up with. Close to the top of the list would be the uniform, or at least one part of it, the wearing of socks with cartoon characters on. It’s a little known fact that animators try and suss out each others socks to see who’s wearing what, which character is most in vogue, that sort of thing*.

So, in the interests of historical documentation, probably only interesting to the person typing this, I thought I’d start an online repository of the socks that have served me well over the years. 

((as an aside it always amazes me that people seem surprised that I walk to work. It’s a twenty minute walk each way and not an unpleasant journey going past the River Wey and over two bridges. There is a bus, yes, but I’d spend as long waiting for it and then travelling as I would walking to work so seems a no-brainer to me. It does wear the old shoes and socks out, but only over a period of time and the benefits seem a little more positive than saving a sock or two)).

Number one in an ongoing series, alongside a top ten chart of my favourite socks for complete accuracy and accountability, are:


Gromit! He’s been a faithful friend but the holes at the back of the heel are just not darnable any more. It’s time to say goodbye with only a nod here to look back on.

Top Ten of socks current are:

10: Dr Solomon’s virus killer socks. Not cartoon socks, that said, but the thought was there.
9: Stitch on black fabric.
8: Douglas the Lurpack butter man, yellow on blue with brown outlines.
7: Dark blue two tone Donald Duck on dark blue fabric.
6: Goofy – red character on grey fabric.
5: Fozzy Bear.
4: Alien from Toy Story.
3: Rainbow Goofy bought on sale from the Disney Shop this year. Very cool.
((so good in fact that I went back and bought two more pairs however, for the sake of fairness, they only get one slot in the chart. It’s better to take these things seriously)).
2: Grumpy the Dwarf saying ‘Do I look like a people person?’

and finally, in the coveted top slot.

1:  Pink Panther face on black fabric. Not the best sock in the drawer, nowadays, nor my favourite character but the socks are somewhat more grown up than some of the others and, subsequently, are the socks I wore when I got married and therefore only worn on special occasions. You see? A little slice of romanticism at the end just for people that were reading this and assuming I was completely mad.

Currently Watching: 24, Lost, Battlestar Galactica. Currently reading: Sylver 3 final draft.Currently listening to: Mayo and Kermode. Currently looking forward to: Franklyn, if I can get the chance to see it. I want to sit in the cinema with a notepad and write out all of the films it’s ripped off… Currently playing: Viva Pinata 2, Brain Training, Wii Fit.

*Slight exaggeration.