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What to do with old wool socks?
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Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
What to do with old wool socks? on 12/11/2011 14:37:42 MST Print View

What do you do with old wool socks that the heels or toes have worn through? Is there a recycling service out there?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: What to do with old wool socks? on 12/11/2011 16:13:33 MST Print View

I don't know, but I hate the fact that I have all these perfectly good socks, except the soles and heels are worn out.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
What to do with old wool socks? on 12/11/2011 16:15:06 MST Print View

Learn to knit?

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
fingerless mittens on 12/11/2011 16:22:47 MST Print View

Cut the feet off. Cut a thumb hole a couple inches up from the bottom. Fingerless mittens. Of course, this only works if they are skinny enough to fit your wrists well.

Travis Naibert
(outwest) - F
leg warmers on 12/11/2011 18:29:05 MST Print View

Cut off toes at mid-arch. Pull them on upside down so the heel is behind my calf muscles and below my knee. Bunch up when hot, scoot down when cold, no need for tights with shorts.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Darn socks! on 12/12/2011 01:11:19 MST Print View

Darn, darn socks!

Seriously, my great aunts and everyone on the Irish side of the family born before 1900 just took as a given that you darned socks to repair the holes. There's a aid, wooden - the shape and size of a goose egg on a stick - that one uses to spread the worn sock onto and add yarn to repair it. As to how to do it, just like tying a bow tie or making a beer-can alky stove, I'd search youtube.

Edited by DavidinKenai on 12/12/2011 01:15:32 MST.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Thanks David on 12/12/2011 06:27:06 MST Print View

One Video

Mark Primack
(Bufa) - MLife

Locale: Cape Cod and Northern Newfoundland
Mice nesting on 12/12/2011 06:37:24 MST Print View

At this joyous time of year when charity is in our hearts, provide the wool to a needy family of mice. Best if done in the home where those needy little creatures can also scavenge food and materials from your still useable cloths and find a little warmth as well. Remember: Mice are people too!

Sergiy Sosnytskiy

Locale: Ukraine
Re: Darn socks! on 12/12/2011 06:39:26 MST Print View

David Thomas wrote "There's a aid, wooden - the shape and size of a goose egg on a stick - that one uses to spread the worn sock onto and add yarn to repair it."

My grandmother used a burned-out light bulb for that.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
cedar on 12/12/2011 08:45:22 MST Print View

Stuff with cedar shavings and use as sachets. Cheap, and your clothes will never smell musty again.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Thanks on 12/12/2011 10:52:57 MST Print View

Steven: Thanks for posting the video, it made it completely clear how to darn socks. For hiking, I would taper the weft and warps more - take some of them further into the original sock and some not so far so as feather the patch/original junction more.

Everyone ought to buy the pack of six speciality needles (about $2.79 at the supermarket or fabric store) to get a glover's needle for your BP repair kit. A glover's has a very sharp point for going through leather and can be used on the trail (with dental floss) to repair a lot of things. But then you'll also get a darning needle for fixing your sock back at home.

james w glenn
(bark-eater) - F
protecting tools on 12/13/2011 06:32:04 MST Print View

I use old wool socks as padding for my fragile and rust prone woodworking tools. The wicking, insulating and moisture controlling property's of wool make socks ideal for this purpose.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: protecting tools on 12/13/2011 06:43:13 MST Print View

Yeah with a few drops of oil...

Brian Austin
(footeab) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: What to do with old wool socks? on 12/13/2011 21:34:32 MST Print View

Yea, you use them as rags on your automobile. Or rags used in cabinetry finishing process via stains or dye's. Or as rags refinishing your cabinetry. Or put a tennis ball in them and use said sock to throw said ball for your dog.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
socks on 12/14/2011 07:55:02 MST Print View

I really can't darn them as the holes have gone too far. I did patch them with some jeans patches but still have way too many of them as I only did that last year to a ten year supply of holed socks.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: What to do with old wool socks? on 08/23/2014 11:57:55 MDT Print View

Smart wool socks worn out heel

Before starting a new thread I searched here and found this one from 2011.

Seems two or three categories.
1) How to repair a good sock that is only worn out at the heel.

2) how to repurpose the sock for outdoor use

3) how to repurpose the sock for home maintenance, garage tools, non outdoors BPL use.

For me in coastal sunny Southern California, might get a total of 30 days at most that are worthy of long sleeves, still it could get freezing cold *insert comedy* when the morning temp dips to 50F before I go to work. So I demote my smart wool socks to office socks during that ice age for us wimpy SoCal lowland dwellers.

I was really hoping for a cheap and bandaid fast solution to get the worn out smart wool socks back into hiking condition. I don't want to sew with the plastic egg.
The socks I got on sale for under $10 so not worth spending $5 plus time, when the easier solution is buy buy buy... Sadly.

I do like the idea of cutting a thumb hole and convert into mittens, though I have 7 pairs of a variety of gloves in the closet waiting for global warming to end, so I can welcome the next ice age.

Edited by RogerDodger on 08/23/2014 12:11:36 MDT.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
re:"What to do with old wool socks?" on 08/23/2014 13:53:27 MDT Print View

Wear really thin sock liners under them, like Wigwam Gobi's. This will carry you for a month or so until you learn to darn them .

kevperro .

Locale: Washington State
I knit them i on 08/23/2014 13:59:12 MDT Print View

I knit them into a really smelly sweater.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Socks on 08/25/2014 08:14:59 MDT Print View

I always manage to lose one before I need to repair them...

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Re: What to do with old wool socks? on 08/25/2014 09:51:04 MDT Print View

I'm surprised no one suggested the "Red Hot Chili Peppers" 1983 sock cozy option.

I'll leave it at that.