By Liesl Clark
We all know about sock-hungry dryers. Well, I believe drawers are sock-eaters, too. Somehow socks go into dresser drawers in pairs but come out as singles, forever abandoning the sacred union. We started a box of single socks a few months ago and decided it was high time we searched the house for all socks to take a full tally of the situation.
It was the perfect task for a 7 year old, searching through every drawer in the house and coming up with nearly 100 single socks! The laundry room coughed up a few more. Then, we got to work with our matching game. Thirty pair were reunited! But sadly, about 40 odd socks now have no mate. What to do?
I’m vowing to have a moratorium on sock-buying for at least a year, or until our dryer and drawers have consumed them all. This family has way too many socks. In the meantime here’s a list of what we’re doing with our 40 odd socks:
1) A few special unions have been created, and we look forward to showing them off at school as soon as possible.
2) I put one in the freezer to use over our ice pack. It’ll protect a child’s skin against that cold pack.
3) The 7-year-old, has her sights set on a few sock creatures, like this adorable sock hippo named “Emma” that she made the other day.
4) I invented a new type of yarn, like T-shirt yarn, but it’s….Sock Yarn! This stuff is easy and kinda cool to make.
First, find a single sock and cut strips into it without fully reaching the edge. A great photo that explains it in a tutorial for T-shirt yarn is here. You’ll then cut diagonally, linking the strips together in a spiral cut as seen in the french tutorial above. It’s easy!
Then stretch your sock yarn out so it curls in on itself:
You might attract a feline in the process. Sock yarn makes an excellent cat play toy.
Roll your yarn into a ball and you’re done!
5) A travel utensil holder is a sock reuse I’ve been meaning to do. Now it’s done.
Just use a piece of your sock yarn to tie it shut.
Socks make excellent pencil holders too, just use an extra thick sock.
6) I saved a few socks for our rag box, for dusting and other fine-rubbing I might need to do on furniture or countertops.
7) The rest went back into the sock box under the bed in waiting for sock sorting day next year when I vow yet again to never buy new socks and then learn how to darn the odd ones that remain.
Do you combine unmatched socks, in an effort to stave off buying yet another pair? Or is there another reuse you’d love to share? We have a few hundred more you might want to check out at our Trash Backwards app!