Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday (Socks)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Peter van der Sluijs

Before the industrial revolution, people made their own clothes, including ... socks

If all you do is download these pages and print them off, for your survival bible, you will be able to use this information after an event.

Ooooh, ... You might want to buy some knitting needles, too ; - )

Winwick Mum: Sockalong -Yarns

Winwick Mum: Sockalong -Needles

Winwick Mum: Sockalong -Tension Squares

Winwick Mum: Sockalong - Accessories and Matching Yarn

Winwick Mum: Sockalong - Anatomy of a Sock

Winwick Mum: Sockalong - Week 1: Cast On, Cuff, and Leg

Winwick Mum: Sockalong - Week 2: Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset

Winwick Mum: Sockalong - Week 3: Foot, Toe, and Grafting the Toes

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Socks)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

poster by
Donia Nachshen
printed by
W. R. Royle and Son, Ltd

Your feet are important. They carry you everywhere. Plus, your feet are the ultimate, though slow, emergency evacuation method.

Choosing Socks
Like any firearm, socks are tools to protect your feet, so you have to choose your family's socks for their use. A family living in a warm, wet climate will want a different sock then a family living in a cold, dry environment.

For warm conditions, you will want a lightweight sock with sufficient padding to protect the toes, bottom of the foot, heel, and back of the heel and Achilles tendon area of the lower ankle.

Cooler conditions will require a sock with heavier or thicker insulation. These socks may also provide more padding for the feet than a lightweight sock.

Your family may also want to store socks for sleeping, to provide warmth for your feet. These socks will be extremely thick with little to no elastic material to hold the socks up to prevent reducing blood circulation to your feet while you sleep.

All of these socks comfort and insulation ability can be increased by adding a liner. Liners are usually a thin, human-made material (polypropylene, nylon, and ... silk*). These sock liners will 'wick away' sweat from you feet, to the outer sock, creating a dry environment for your feet. Sock liners will also help reduce blisters.

* Yes, I know. Silk is a natural material.   ; - )

Once you have determined on the temperature range of the socks, you will need to determine the type of material best for your family. Most families will immediately choose wool-blend socks. They offer a good compromise between an all wool sock and an all synthetic material sock.

All wool socks 'feel' better but can be slower drying, depending on the the sock's thickness while an all synthetic material sock will be quick drying but will feel 'icky' to some family members.

A word of caution: Wool and wool-blend socks can be 'itchy,' so your family may need to purchase merino wool socks or all synthetic material socks.

Now that you and your family have determined which type of socks you're going to buy (lightweight, medium weight, or mountaineering), the material you want (all wool, wool-blend, or all synthetic), and whether you will use a sock liner or not. You need to determine which brand and model you will purchase.

The best way to determine which brand and model is to go for a sock test drive. There are two ways to do this. First, head on down to your local farm and home, sporting goods, or big-box recreational retailer like Cabela's, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, REI, or ... and try on the socks in the store. With your shoes off walk around, a little bit, and ask yourself:

Are the socks too tight or too loose?

Are they too hot or too cold?

Do the socks 'bite' into the tops of your toes?

Lastly, do they feel good?

Next, put your shoes on and do a little walking, just a little bit though. You don't want the storekeeper to think you're ripping off the socks.

Needless to say, you ask the same questions.

If the socks work, you purchase one pair for a more extensive test drive. Or you just skip to this part. if you don't want to go through the hassle of putting on socks at the store.

So, ... The next method of testing your family's socks are to purchase a pair of socks and go for a walk around the neighborhood. I can tell you from experience; you will know in about a few hundred yards if the test socks are good or bad.

If they are 'bad,' you need to start all over. If they are 'good,' you and your family will need to purchase a few pairs.

Now, ... Here is some bad news.

First, quality socks can set you back $15 to $30, a pair. Second, you and your family are going to need about six to eight pairs of socks, just for everyday, if you're walking a lot. Third, your feet and everybody else in the family will grow over time. So, ... those size small socks you put away for your partner; may not fit 10, 15, 20 years from now.

But, ... There is some good news.

You and your family don't need to purchase high-quality socks for everyday use. Those inexpensive socks from the discount retailers, membership stores, and military surplus stores will work for most situations.

Now, some of these socks are going to made from cotton. Some folks will say to stay away from cotton socks.

I agree and disagree.

First, cotton doesn't wick moisture away from your feet. This will cause your feet to feel colder and increase your risk of blisters.

You can mitigate this by wearing a sock liner next to your skin, underneath your socks.

Second, if you and your family are able to maintain a warm environment to dry and change your socks, you might be able to ignore the popular saying "Cotton Kills"

Lastly, ... Do you really need $20 socks to go to work or school, everyday?

I''m an old school survivalist. I like carrying a M1911A1 pistol and a M1 Garand while wearing wool socks, so I suggest purchasing socks with a higher wool content because of wool's natural insulating ability.

I also suggest looking for these United States military surplus wool socks. They are inexpensive and still slightly plentiful. (You have to be careful. It seems cotton knock-offs and irregular socks are more common, now a days) With a synthetic liner, they provide protection for a wide temperature range, padding for the toes, bottom of the feet, and heels.

Lastly, as I stated earlier, you and your partner need to be thoughtful (but, don't over-think it) about your family's sock needs. A family, with grown children, living on a working farm will have different sock needs then a family, partner and partner, living in the city planning to bugout, or a family with small children living in the suburbs planning to stay in place. Oh, ... And don't forget that whole financial collapse thingy with your family still going to work and school, everyday ; - )

O.K. I wouldn't be a survivalist, if I didn't mention this. You and your family can improvise socks by cutting squares of cloth to act as socks. Your foot is placed in the center of the cloth square and the material is folded or wrapped covering the foot. Then your covered foot is carefully place in your shoes or boots.

REI - Socks for Hiking: How to Choose

We Be - Socks

Fox - Sock Technology

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday: 27 May 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by

Depending on your personality; it will determine what methods and how much organization you need in you and your family's life.

Say Uncle - Need to Get Organized

Make sure to read the comments, as always ; - )

Penetrating Oil
"primers + oil = dead primers. If you're storing ammo right against the oiled metal, I'd say that there's at least a chance that some of the oil could coat the rounds and eventually make it into the primer pockets or penetrate the (admittedly teensy) gap between the bullet and the case itself. (

Maybe not so much...?" written by Bad Penny 03

The High - Marking Ammo Cans

Wednesday: 27 May 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley

Medical Supplies
You and your family are going to need medical supplies during an event. What you purchase is going to be determined by your threat analysis.

Preparedness Advice - Medical Preparations for TEOTWAWKI or a Major Disaster

During and after an event, you and your family may be unable to access propper medical care, so you will have to improvise supplies, such as bandages and antiseptics

Preparedness Advice - Sugardine, a Great Homemade Antiseptic

Be Careful ...
with what you read about medical care. There are outdated methods, misinformation, and ...

Preparedness Advice - Sanitary Napkins, Tampons and Diapers Are They Good Blood Stoppers?

As always, make sure to read the comments.