When I read this post from Pants With Names and this one from Paula at Battling On I was nodding in vigorous agreement. It is a universal fact that a pair of socks goes in to the wash and that only a single sock returns. I have tweeted about the sock mountain I have to climb every week (12 feet= 24 socks per day = 168 socks per week) and with those numbers it is inevitable that some will go astray but … THEY- DON’T- COME- BACK. Where do they go?
For many years I kept a bag especially for these abandoned socks hoping that they would be reunited with their twin; that whoever had spirited them away (alien experimenters, goblins, my husband just for a laugh) would return them.The bag has now filled to bursting point and I have to accept that this is not going to happen. Unlike the toys in the wonderful book Hoot by Jane Hissey, I am unlikely to discover a lovely owl on top of a wardrobe using our socks to make a nest and , nice as it would be, I don’t think they have made their way to Tapatoa: The Land Of The Missing Socks.
So, I am left with a substantial pile of footwear and a decision to make. Do I…
1. Throw them with abandon into the bin ignoring the green gremlin on my shoulder shouting ‘Shame on you, reduce, reuse recycle. Do not fill your bin with undamaged knitwear. Have you no moral fibre?’
2. Pop them into a charity bag ignoring the gremlin on my shoulder shouting ‘Oooh look at you passing the buck. No-one wants all your odd cast offs. Some poor volunteer will have to dispose of them for you!’?
3. Shove them back on top of the cupboard and ignore the nagging pressure in my head that is the result of an overload of rubbish and a need to declutter?
4. Make useful things out of them?
I am opting for a combination of 3 and 4. I have found this fabulous book
So I am going to have a go at making some Christmas gifts out of our collection. I have a feeling they will go down quite well, why don’t you have a go too? I shall post any triumphs on here and I will share my inevitable disasters too! If lots of you are interested I will set up a linky for us and we can compare creations! Leave a comment if you’d like to get involved, if you have any more missing sock theories or if you have any other ideas to use up half a tonne of odd socks!