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What to do with mismatched socks?
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Date: 2/18/09 3:02 PM

I seem to always have mismatched socks laying around and I don't want them just sitting there until I have a mate! Do you have any ideas of what to do with them?

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Date: 2/18/09 3:07 PM

I tie knots in them and give them to the dogs.

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Date: 2/18/09 3:08 PM

A dear older friend of mine decided to make it her signature look. She decided to NEVER wear matched socks. It wasn't long before her whole family took it on too. Then she started buying really interesting socks and loved it when someone asked why they didn't match. The Thrift Shop knew that if they had mismatched socks, they could call her. I used to swear there was a sock eating monster inside my washing machine so it was tempting to "join the club."

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Date: 2/18/09 3:50 PM


We wear mismatched socks all the time- it's easier! The kids just tell those that point it out to them that the socks aren't mismatched- they have another pair just like it at home!
All my worn out or hopelessly alone socks I use for rags though.

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Date: 2/18/09 4:37 PM

I stick my hand through them and use them for dusting. Great for dusting mini blinds also.

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Date: 2/18/09 4:44 PM

I keep them for a reasonable time to see if the mate shows up, then if that doesn't happen, I throw them away. I have enough stuff cluttering up my life, drawers, apartment...

Sometimes...rarely, I will fill one with catnip, tie it in a knot and let the kitties have at it...Once it is too disgusting--which doesn't take long--I throw it away.

I LOVE throwing away things that just get in the way.

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Date: 2/18/09 4:46 PM

Make a Sock Creature.

Stupid Sock Creatures

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Date: 2/18/09 4:51 PM

You can turn them into toys. There are more books about this than I had imagined. I've seen the Stupid Sock Creatures book in the crafts secion of Barnes and Noble, but I don't own it:
Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks by John Murphy
or --
Stray Sock Sewing: Making One of a Kind Creatures from Socks

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Edited to add: Obviously, I'm on the Sock Creature wave length today.
-- Edited on 2/18/09 4:52 PM --

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Date: 2/18/09 5:10 PM

I actually own the Sock Creature book but only read it! I am saving old socks for the day I make one! :)) After Pointy Kitty I am not up to any more small stuffed creatures for awhile. They are hard....

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Date: 2/18/09 6:08 PM

I have a cardboard box I keep on a high shelf in my bedroom. In it I have all my mismatched socks. Every once in a while I'll go through it and pair up what I can. I usually get several pair when I do this. If I see the same sock with no mate after several sortings, then I throw it away.

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