Sock Puppet

Uncle Bob and I don’t have many things in common; sure, we like digging around in the garden and we like spending time on The Farm, but we are different in our approach to life.  Uncle Bob is “laid back” and I am not.  He’s interested in practical things; I’m interested in beautiful things.

Yesterday, I went over to The Farm to check on the Trumpet Vine I planted along the fence.  Uncle Bob was there too, getting ready to mow the path to the barn and beyond.

He was about 100 yards from me so we just waved to each other.  Then I got my clippers out of The Jeep and started clipping around my vine.  It was perfectly logical and practical.  If I keep the area around the vine clipped, there is no way he will “accidentally” mow it down on the day he mows the path along the fence.

I swear I heard him say “what the HELL is she doing?”

Although Uncle Bob and I see the world in different ways, there’s one thing we have in common.  We don’t throw out much.  In fact, the other day I asked Uncle Bob about a tool I needed and he reminded me where to find it and then said, “I don’t throw anything out.”

Some things that don’t get thrown out are easy to repurpose.  There are other things, though, that pile up over time.  Like that pair of Spanx high-waisted nylons with the run in the right leg.  The control-top section is just fine and the darn things cost an arm and a leg, no pun intended.  What am I going to do with them?  Then there are all fifty of the tee-shirts in my tee-shirt drawer.  Some of them are for causes and bands I don’t care about anymore.  Can these be responsibly repurposed?

What about old socks, the ones with a hole in the heel or with no elasticity?

Oh happy day!  Old socks are the easiest things to repurpose and there are other bloggers who have written posts about it.  Search and see.  Some of the forty or so things suggested are absurd, like “make a sock patchwork quilt.”  Others are practically beautiful in their ingenuity, like “use them for dusting” and “use them to wash and wax the car.”

I won’t belabor the lists; I’ll only add “use them to wash just about anything in the house, even the dishes.”  They’re not glamorous, sexy, and overpriced, like an old pair of Spanx, but I’ll never need to buy another dusting or cleaning cloth again.  The little hole in the heel doesn’t matter when I’m dusting furniture or washing windows.

I think I’ll get my sock on right now. 

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6 Responses to Sock Puppet

  1. Clothing/donation bins will take and want any old piece of fabric you don’t want even old underwear. They package it all in large pallets and sell to places that need reused fabric. Granted these bins are probably for-profit and not charity, but it’s better than tossing old rags in the trash.

  2. Slipper Sistah says:

    Nylon stockings can be used to strain paint. Who strains paint? People who use an air brush may need to because some of them take basic color and add to it to create their own color variations. This is added to a medium (the liquidy part) but there still might be little clumps or bumps in it. Air- brushes don’t like clumps or bumps, let me tell you, they will refuse to work and an afternoon or morning can be lost in taking the thing apart and cleaning it out. How BORING! Right. If you know of some artist or Art Co-op; you might donate the stockings to them. Now-a-days nylon use isn’t as common as in the past (my personal opinion) it maybe you are the salvation of some desperate artist who’s under the strain of where to get nylons to do their straining with. It’s like you said “they’re expensive”. And asking someone if you can have their used nylons isn’t as safe a subject as one might think in todays climate.

  3. Loosehead Prop says:

    This thread is useless without pictures (sorry, Uncle Bob doesn’t cut it).

    What it needs is a photo of our hostess glamming her Spanx in front of her trumpet vines, one raised hand covered in cleaning sock and the other on her hip, a la Betty Grable in that famous World War II poster.

    I don’t think we’re going to get that, though.

    SlippahSistah, our hostess was quite surprised last night to know that there is a whole enterprising market out there in things like used nylons and other fine washables.

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