Wednesday’ s Woman and a Giveaway! Meet Marianne Sock Lady!

Meet Marianne of Solmate Socks and enter to win

my “Knock Your Socks Off” Giveaway!


Seriously, these are my favorite socks of all time except for the ones my daughter made me!

NQJC: Please tell us about the origins of Solmate Socks – I LOVE it by the way…GREAT service…and great socks! And made in one of my very favorite places on Earth,Vermont.

I started out by knitting mismatched socks in order to learn how to knit with a different color of yarn in each hand.  So, I was knitting with both methods at the same time.  I’m impatient and didn’t want to take the time to switch the yarns out, and loved the flow of creativity that came with this.  After giving away over 100 pairs of hand knits, I was prompted to find a way to have these knit on a knitting machine.  Fast forward a whole year, and there I was, designing and manufacturing socks to be knit by the thousands.

NQJC: I know that social and environmental responsibility is a very important aspect of your business.  Care to tell us about that?

We are proud to be as close to a zero waste company as it is possible.  Not only are the yarns made from recycled cotton, but the socks that don’t pass inspection are cut up and made into hats, and the scraps from that production are made into placemats and filler for dog beds.  Children and baby socks that are not useable are picked up by children’s International and sent to places all over the world where children need warm clothes.  Our office is solar power driven.  Our warehouse is a renovated 100 year old barn, and I bike to work.  What could be better?

NQJC: Do you ever say “What have I gotten myself into”?

I did say that around year 3, but now that I’m at year 10, I comment on how fortunate I am to be able to live in Vermont, and make mismatched socks for a living.

NQJC: What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?

I’m proud of all the opportunities that have developed for employees and manufacturers that are involved with Solmate Socks.    I really can’t think of a worst.

NQJC: Out of all the items you have made, what is your personal favorite and why?

My favorite is always the latest thing we’ve been working on.  so for this month, it’s the new hats, designed from hat tubes.

NQJC: What is the hardest thing you have faced being a business owner of a web shoppe?

There’s a lot of mis communication that goes on through email/messaging, so we don’t always hear what the person is saying.

NQJC: Do you have any words of wisdom for women looking to opening their own business?

Every person and every business will have their own values, expectations and successes.   Keep true to yourself in all that you do in business and elsewhere.

NQJC: Tell us about your home in Vermont.  I imagine it is just overflowing with beautiful things you have made. AND I’ll just bet your beautiful surroundings inspire your work.

Both my home and my office, which is now just two miles down the road, have lovely pieces and paintings that have been made by local artists.  I appreciate all the talent and contributions daily.  I do have lovely views, great gardens and brooks flowing through the grounds.  And clean, crisp air and sky and water.

NQJC: Now that I have picked your brain about business tell us a little about your childhood and how you think it influenced your creative spirit. Take as much space as you want here! I am intrigued and I know I am not the only one!

The Socklady story is one I never tire of telling.  When I was nine years old, my family moved to Madrid Spain.  I didn’t know the Spanish jump rope songs, so I could go out and play as much as I wanted, so my mom, whose name was Sunny, taught me how to knit.  I continued knitting all my life, but didn’t learn to knit socks right away.  I went to a knitting workshop to learn how to knit with both hands at once, and we knit socks that weekend.  From that point on, I knit over a hundred pairs of socks, and when it came time to start my company, I knew exactly what I wanted to name it.  Solmate Socks, after my mom.  Sol in Spanish is sun

NQJC: Were you an artsy craftsy kid? If so, what kinds of things did you do?

Mostly sewing and handmade cards for people.

NQJC: Was there any one particular person that inspired you to follow your dreams?

My parents

THANK YOU SO MUCH MARIANNE! I have enjoyed your socks for many years and I totally agree with the first line of your website:

Life is too short for matching socks!


So now one of you lucky ducks will win a pair of Solmate Socks! Here’s what you do.  Leave me a comment – easy enough?  Tell me you would LOVE a pair of carefully mismatched Solmate Socks and I will toss your name in the jar! You can go to the website and peruse the socks and be picking out your favorite ones and if I draw your name, I will contact you, you will send me your address, sock size and favorite color and I will have them sent directly to you!!!  Here’s the thing, you only have until Saturday morning to get your name in.  I have about 6-7 pairs of these socks and I LOVE THEM!  You will too!

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Beautiful socks. What fun.

Oh…these socks are just wonderfully fun.

I’d love to have a pair.

L.O.V.E. these socks! Great interview, Susan. 🙂 I think I am going to have to order some Firefly socks for our little Emma. They are adorable!


LOVE those socks!! To me they just scream fall!!

Diana K

Love the socks! Being an avid knitter, I can appreciate the work that goes into them. I’d sure love to have a pair of these wonderful socks!

Erica Ferguson

These are my kids absolute favorite socks!

What a cool story! I love, love, love those socks and would squeal if I won a pair.

Thanks for sharing Marianne and her story with us.


Ohhhh I would lure me a pair of those fabulous Solmate socks!!!


Yes! I would LOVE a pair of mismatched Solmate Socks!!! ~fingers crossed~

Sweet! I am a big fan of Little MissMatched socks. I LOVE socks. Especially missmatched ones at that. Thanks for introducing me to Solmate Socks.


LOL that was supposed to say “lurve” (as in love)…not lure..LOL..silly phone and early morning ;).

I’ve just recently learned to knit socks. They always looked so hard, once I got started I’m loving it! I love fun warm socks, I would love a pair!

Okay socks are my thing… I go barefoot 95% of the time unless I go outside the house…and during cooler weather… socks are it for me!


And love this woman…her energy…and her values!

And of course YOU TOO SUSAN…



Oh Susan, please enter me in this Solmate Sock giveaway. I adore these socks, they are so whimsical. I enjoyed your interview and Marianne you are a so creative!

Loved reading this interview, Susan, and so glad to be catching up with your blog!

What fun socks! I’d love these!!!

Robin Crittenden

love the mismatched socks and it would be awesome to win some!

Karen Langseth

I never wear mismatched socks…..why…I buy socks that are all the same…..usually in a 10 pack that way when one is lost…. I don’t have to worry about its mate leading a lonely life in the sock drawer….they are all the same…… I would love to win a set of mismatched socks….bring that boring sock drawer of mine to life.


They are adorable. My 16 yo daughter would love to steal them from me if I were to win! But I would put up a fight!


I would love to win a pair of these socks! I’ve knit 2 pair of socks for myself and am about to begin the third pair!

Oh, how fun! I’m not a very good knitter, and crocheted socks are way too bulky, so I don’t have any fun socks like that … my fave are those poppy socks

Nancy Ravisé-Noel

Great colors, sign me up…..heck, they would go with everything in your closet! Wishing the Socklady much sockcess! Bad pun but could not resist.


I love those socks. I would love to have Rasberry Socks.


Love the socks. My three girls grew up wearing “fun” socks.


What fun socks, would love to win a pair!

Another fabulous Wednesday’s Woman Susan! So much talent out there. Anyone would be very lucky indeed to get a pair of these socks! What fun!