3.06.2011

toe to tip: from knee socks to ribbing

Being a thrifty housewife by day and derby girl by night, one thing I have a lot of is knee high socks blown out at the toes.  I finally figured out what to do with them.

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I have been testing a playdress pattern, the tee-type dress that Smootch basically lives in, and while picking through my slim stash of ribbing, the pile of socks in my 'To Reconstruct' basket called to me.

Ah ha.  Good bye worn out feet.

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Hello useable knit.

I cut the top of the sock off and directly used them for the sleeves.

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The neck came from the length of the sock, cut to an even width.  Not much was needed since the sock knit was so stretchy.

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And that is that.

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How have you re-used your worn out socks?   

13 comments:

  1. I love this idea. what a cool way to embellish

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  2. Awesome! I made Sprite wrist warmers from my old argyle socks: http://anappleandatree.blogspot.com/2010/12/5-minute-wrist-warmers.html
    -Kelly

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  3. This is really amazing! I am trying to convert my whole family's wardrobes to diy! Thanks for posting!

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  4. Yup, my Mom used to do this! It's FAB isn't it? Another great thing is to cut the foot off and stretch and scrunch up the leg part over a soup can and use it to present flowers in for a gift! xoxo

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  5. What a great idea! I hate buying ribbing, it's so expensive...this is a great alternative. Thanks for posting!

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  6. Neumaisse, oh, good idea with the soup can!

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  7. Very nice and resourceful. I have used knee highs for babylegs and wristwarmers.

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  8. I have also made baby leggings. I am so excited to try this idea! I have a bunch of cool socks that I can't bear to throw out, but was unsure how to use them! Thank you!!!

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  9. I made my favorite hat out of a pair of stretched-out argyles.

    Love these dresses, and love Smootch's hat!

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  10. My husband goes through an awful lot of socks (his feet are rather large) and I cut them into strips (usually half a sock cut lengthwise) then i knot or sew and braid them for tug of war toys for dogs. I'm currently making a number of these for the shelter dogs in our area.

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