Friday, January 18, 2008

Advice Forum Friday - Sock Suggestions

Hey, y'all! I'm actually writing this post early this week, and I couldn't be prouder of myself. Really.

Pooh and I were just cleaning out my sock drawer (because I am incapable of doing anything by myself. I mean, my sock drawer? Do I really need help to clean out my sock drawer? But I've got these kids, may as well use 'em.)

...anyway, where was I?

Oh yes, the sock drawer. So I have humpteen pair of white socks; far too many. And I hate to throw anything away, but neither do I want to pass my dingy socks on to someone else. I mean really, used socks?

So here's where you come in. I bet someone out there (or several someones!) has a wonderful idea for using old socks. And don't say Sock Monkeys, cause those would be some sorry looking Sock Monkeys, for sure. The other SMs would make fun of them and I just don't want to be responsible for bringing that kind of embarrassment into anyone's life, even if it is just a Sock Monkey.

I may be delirious.

Anyway, bring me your ideas. And if you have a burning question for the internets today, write a post at your blog and post the link for us down below.

Bye now.


Milehimama said...

We put rice in them, tie a knot, and use it as a hot pad - microwave it for a minute or so.

You can also use them for dusters or rags.

You can make them sparkling white again with bluing. I've never tried it myself though, that's just the persistent rumor I've heard.

Keep a couple in the car for cold mornings when the INSIDE of the windshield fogs up.

Use them as washing mittens. Put a bar of soap in them. Good for slivers and little hands who can't grip a bar of soap on it's own.

WendyDarling said...

We make sock puppets out of them. :-)

Amy said...

Bean bags.
Car wash mitts.
Painting "sponges" (for texture).
Pre-measured bags of powdered laundry detergent.
Cover an unwound wire coat hanger with one to use for dusting high or difficult to reach spaces (ceiling fan blades, tops of tall bookcases, behind the couch).

Shel said...

I use old socks for dusting, for shoe polishing, for putting stain on woodwork or furniture, rags, etc. Sometimes the icky ones just go to the trash. My husband uses them in the garage for rags for whatever it is that boys need rags for. When I paint, I use them to clean up paint drips on woodwork. You could also use them as padding when you ship things or pack breakables.

Amy said...

I thought of some more:

Gearshift cover (when it's really cold--or hot!)
Oil-check dipstick mitt (to keep your hands clean)
"Skates" (have your daughters wear them to dry mop the floor)
Dust mop (rubber band a bunch of them to an old broomstick or dowel)
Winter-weight tutus :P
Costume (draw hands on them, stuff, and attach around an overcoat to be a "coat of arms")
Socks (practice your tie-dye techniques)

Jennifer said...

Well, I'm late to the party, so I don't have any additional ideas. There have been lots of good ones listed, now I guess your problem is picking which ones to use, huh? LOL! I wear my socks until they are holey, so I don't really have that issue!

Amy said...

Ooh, look what I found--more sock-y goodness!!

You can skip over #5 :)

Amy said...

Or you could whip up some stuffed doll furniture.

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

I'm sure the socks are long gone by now, but if you're collecting again (especially pretty, girlie ones) how about this nifty wreath?

P.S. What do you suppose it means that I saw the photo from the above link and immediately thought of this post? :)