Marianne Wakerlin’s mom taught her to knit, but her passion for the craft really took off when she created the first pair of the multi-colored, mismatched socks that would become her trademark. “I found it exhilarating, designing a pair of socks that didn’t match and were knit with original patterns in sharply contrasting colors,” she recalls. Marianne continued to develop increasingly elaborate design schemes and color combinations. In 2000, after making over 100 sock pairs for family and friends, she decided to turn her hobby into a business, Sol Mate Sox, based at her home in Vermont. Today, her socks are produced at a family-owned knitting mill, where they are finished and mismatched by hand. Sizes run from infant to large adult – kids socks are bundled in threes, providing “a pair and a spare.”
Sol Mate Sox are created from custom cotton yarns that incorporate scraps recovered from t-shirt production. The yarns are pre-shrunk, colorfast, certified green and combined with a bit of lycra for stretch.