My Bulgarian grandmother's hand-knit, wool socks will keep your toes warm and her community thriving. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 9, 2012.
About this project
Your pledge will help my Bulgarian grandmother and her friends establish a knitting center and launch the first line of Bloc Socks.
Bloc Socks are a hybrid between a wool sock and a house slipper. Every pair is hand-knit from local wool and made with a pattern that has been passed down in families for generations. All the styles below except the Valentina are available with a pledge at the 45-dollar level.
We have reached a 100 percent of our goal! Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to this project. Now, we are looking toward the future.
If we make 10,000 dollars we can hire a photographer to take professional pictures of all the socks the women make.
With 12,000 dollars we can hire a web developer to revamp our website and create a sustainable selling place for my grandmother and her friends.
Thanks again for all of your contributions!
The Bloc Socks project will establish a community knitting center in Patalenitsa where the women can meet-up, share patterns, and knit together. We will organize after-school programs at the center so children can learn how to knit and keep this tradition alive.
We plan to open the center in time for winter, giving the women a place to knit when the weather turns cold. By sending Bloc Socks as early holiday gifts to your friends and family, you can help us give an early New Year's present to the knitting women of Patalenitsa.
The Debut Line of Bloc Socks (all except Valentina available at 45 $ level)
1) The Dayko embodies the Bloc Sock style philosophy. It's an all wool, ankle-cut, unisex house sock that's comfortable, warm and durable.
2) The pattern for the Toepa is one of the most traditional in our first line. We plan to offer the style in a range of colors for both women and men, including tan and gold.
3) The Burgas is our indoor-outdoor model. The cable-knit, ankle-length slipper is thick and rugged enough to handle wood floors as well as the great outdoors.
4) We named Sofia after the capital of Bulgaria, and this feminine indoor-outdoor slipper features a classic web pattern and a deep rose color.
5) The calf-length Zora has stolen the spotlight with her rings of bright color and tiny heart-shaped openings.
6) Kalina is Zora's darker, more subtle sister. She's knit with more texture, deeper colors, and traditional bordering.
7) The feminine Meeka features a traditional pattern with a raised plume in front and two bands of purple woven around the ankle.
8) Varna has a name that comes from the sea but a pattern that comes from the leaves of Bulgaria's autumn trees. Here she is in traditional brown and tan.
9) The Sebas, like the Dayko, is a versatile, ankle-cut slipper. It features a traditional weave pattern in front and alternating rows along the sides.
10) The Nadya is a delicate house slipper with a distinguished collar at the ankle opening. Here we have it in gold and bronze.
11) Valentina takes a traditional Bloc Socks pattern up to the knees. This limited-edition sock is the tallest in the collection and the only one with tie-offs at the ankle and collar. It's available at the 60-dollar pledge level, or for fifteen extra dollars at any of the higher pledge levels.
Our limited-edition sweater for women. The Men's sweater is a cardigan with two low front pockets.
Our Hat and one of the three scarf options.
How does the sizing work?
Each pair of Bloc Socks covers three American shoe sizes. Our selection ranges from a US baby 3 to a US men's 12.
How does a martenitsa bring good luck?
On March first you pin the charm to your jacket or scarf and wear it until you see the first budding tree. Once you've spotted a bud, tie the charm to that branch for good luck. The holiday is called Baba Marta, or grandmother March, and it marks the beginning of spring.
How much selection will I have for the $35 offer?
We are giving out rewards at this level from a limited number of samples so we can't guarantee an exact model. What we can do is let you pick two colors that you do not want, as well as the size. At the next level up, you can select any style of Bloc Socks from our website!
Should I pledge additional money for shipping if I live overseas?
Yes, backers who live outside of the United States should pledge an additional $15 for shipping on all rewards over the $20 level.
What is this "friends and family" mailing list all about?
We'll treat you like family! You will be sent our most exclusive offers, starting with a special launch promotion at the end of the kickstarter campaign.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $10 or more
A personalized thank you card from the women in Patalenitsa and a spot on our friends and family mailing list.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
A martenitsa—the traditional, red-and-white knit charm worn in spring for good luck. Plus the thank you card and spot on the mailing list.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
37 backers Limited (163 left of 200)
One of our samples! We'll select a pair of hand-knit, organic wool Bloc Socks for you in an adult size of your choice and according to your color specifications. Plus everything from the previous level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $45 or more
49 backers Limited (101 left of 150)
You choose any pair of Bloc Socks featured on our website in any size, baby through men's large. Plus the martenitsa, spot on the mailing list, and thank you card.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $60 or more
6 backers Limited (34 left of 40)
The knee-length Valentina in any size and color. This is a limited-edition Bloc Sock that will keep you extra warm on those cold winter nights! Plus the martenitsa, thank you card, and spot on the mailing list. (Note, please add 15 dollars for the Valentina at any of the above pledge levels).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $65 or more
6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)
A Patalenitsa gift pack including rose hand lotion, a unique wooden handicraft, and other Bulgarian treats. Plus everything from the $45 level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
20 backers Limited (55 left of 75)
Two pairs of Bloc socks from the website in any size, baby through men's large. Plus the martenitsa, thank you card, and spot on the mailing list.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $80 or more
12 backers Limited (3 left of 15)
A pair of personalized Bulgarian knitting needles printed with your name (or the name of someone who loves to knit!). Plus everything from the previous level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)
A limited edition, six-foot, hand-knit scarf in a color and pattern of your choice. Plus the knitting needles and everything from the 65 dollar level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)
A wool winter hat in a pattern and color of your choice. Plus the knitting needles and everything from the 65-dollar level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $125 or more
5 backers Limited (25 left of 30)
The family deal! Any four pairs of Bloc Socks, plus everything from the 20-dollar level. Christmas shopping? Done! (Note: the sweater reward still comes with everything from the 100-dollar pledge, not this level).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
7 backers Limited (13 left of 20)
A custom-made sweater with a traditional Bulgarian design. You will be able to select the pattern and color from our website after the campaign. Plus everything from the previous level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $175 or more
0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)
The custom made sweater along with the hat and the scarf. Plus everything from the 65-dollar level. (Note: at the 150 dollar pledge please let us know your choice between a hat and scarf.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $175 or more
3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)
The slightly larger family deal! 6 Bloc Socks in any size and style from our website. Plus the martenitsa, thank you card, and spot on the mailing list.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $225 or more
3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)
All the wool you will ever need. The custom sweater, scarf, hat and four pairs of Bloc Socks. Plus the martenitsa, thank you card, and spot on the mailing list.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
An oil painting of the Bulgarian countryside done by an artist from the Patalenitsa pensioners' club. Plus the sweater, scarf, pair of bloc socks, martenitsa, thank you card, and spot on the mailing list.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
We'll make you a part of the new knitting center by engraving your name on a commemorative plaque. Plus everything from the previous level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
Three nights for two in Bulgaria, airfare excluded. I will show you the capital city, expose you to Bulgaria's culinary delights, and give you a tour of the knitting center in the Patalenitsa countryside. Plus everything from the previous level. Contact us for details.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)