Kickstarter Watch: Bloc Socks

Dimitar Apostolov’s new project Bloc Socks introduces an adorable collection of hand-knit booties and socks with a cause. After going back home to Patalenitsa, Bulgaria last summer, Apostolov realized that his beloved grandmother’s knitting tradition could warm people’s feet and hearts far beyond his family and the farm he grew up in. He decided to put together an initiative to help her and her friends open a knitting center.

Beyond bringing these fuzzy goods to America, the project hopes to establish a community knitting center in Patalenitsa where women can meet-up, share patterns and knit together out of the cold, as well as after-school programs at the center so children can learn how to knit. You get to meet the people of Patalenitsa in this video:

Bloc Socks are a hybrid between a wool sock and a house slipper. Every hand-knit pair is made from local wool and family patterns that have been passed down for generations. Apostolov accepts pledges ranging from $10 to $2,500, each different pledge level qualifying the donor to receive different gifts (check out the site for more details)

A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

View Article

Beauty Essentials…