I always have said that the only thing that will kill a mother of a large family is attempting to pair all the socks.
Thank heavens I had a wicked sense of humour and an army of free labour. Sometimes we would line up literally hundreds of socks of every possible size and colour as we made a game of pairing socks. For a couple of years, wearing odd socks was in style when my kids were little. Still, I remember many mornings when I frantically tried to find some semblance of a pair while a little one stood in the downstairs hallway, with coat and backpack on, waiting for their socks to sail over the upstairs railing at their feet.
Years later, I still have a basket of unpaired socks waiting to find a new purpose in life as dust rags.
I just discovered two new ways to recycle socks.
1. They make fantastic heating pads! Simply fill thick, comfy socks with dried beans, rice or wheat, tie the end and viola…. an instant, microwaveable heating pad that holds the heat!
2. Now that I have started crocheting amigurumi dolls and animals, unpaired socks make great, free stuffing. Crocheting is a way to give beautiful gifts without having to hand over oodles of cash. If you have 5 grandkids, nine adult kids and in-laws, consider crocheting because it is creative, fun and a cheap way to say I love you.
Find my new creations at Crocheting With Joy