I Dream Of Jean Socks: The Beginning, Part 3

Taking a first step in the right direction…in “THE” socks

Alrighty folks, now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. Part 1 and 2 filled you in on how I’ve decided to make some life changes (tiny house living, here I come!) and the beginning of my plan of action to accomplish that. Acquiring no new things is a good start to making the move to live a simpler, mostly thing-less lifestyle, but that’s not enough. The next phase of the plan has to address what to do with my existing stuff.

As I mentioned before, donations to local charities has always been (and will continue to be) part of my method for dealing with extra stuff. But there’s more I can do. Using inspiration I gained from the many sites I visited (as mentioned in Part 2), this phase of the plan entails me taking a look at my existing stuff and figuring out how to repurpose them. THIS IS THE FUN PART! I love being creative, making things, and finding new and sometimes surprisingly different ways to use things.

This used to hold papertowel. This is a chair. This is not a good example of my repurposing skills, but you get the idea.

This used to hold paper towels. This is now a chair. This is not a good example of my repurposing skills, but you get the idea.

Actually, my son made that cute little craft in the photo above, but you get where I’m going, right?

I can figure out ways to remake and reuse the things I already have into things I can use in my new tiny house life. The things I can’t or won’t use will go on to find another home.

In come “the” socks…finally!

My first project was to create some new socks. I think I mentioned that I love socks, didn’t I? 🙂 Well, as I started looking at some old things that wouldn’t be making the journey with me to the next phase of my life, I came across a sweater that used to belong to my youngest, now too small for him to wear and riddled with holes (no donating that).

forgot to take a pic before I started ripping it appart, so I pieced it back together for the shot. Can you tell? Am I fooling anyone?

forgot to take a pic before I started ripping it apart, so I pieced it back together for the shot. Can you tell? Am I fooling anyone?

…and some jeans that didn’t fit but loved the pretty pockets, so I knew I’d use them for something

pretty pink butterfly pockets

pretty pink butterfly pockets

Looking at the sleeves on the sweater, what did I see? Socks! Comfy, cozy, new to me socks. And so I began.

Cutting…

watch the toes!

watch the toes!

tearing…

pulled appart quite nicely

pulled apart quite nicely

tracing…

a monkey can to what I do

a monkey can to what I do

more cutting…

they look like ghost prints to me

they look like ghost prints to me

sewing…

ma machine

ma machine

*A quick note on my sewing skills. I have none. Quick enough? Seriously, my skills are very limited, but I have a machine (gifted to me years ago that hardly gets any use) that I will be learning to put to good use as part of the plan for my new tiny house life.

And after 4 hours of work (four hours?!?!), I had me some socks.

“THE” socks!! Bird’s eye view

the soles of the creation

the soles of the creation

Unfortunately, they were a huge disappointment. They didn’t look the way I wanted, not what I originally planned at all, and not comfy or cozy in the least. I was so sad.

Oh, hey. Here's me. Really, I'm sad.

Oh, hey. Here’s me. Really, I’m sad.

So after I cleaned everything up and put it all away (not being a seamstress means not having a dedicated work space, which actually works well for the new tiny lifestyle), I made myself feel better the best way I could. I donned a pair of my fav, comfy socks 🙂

Yup, them's pigeons

Yup, them’s pigeons

I will address “the” socks again at a later date (they will not defeat me nor keep me down!). But for now it’s time to contemplate the next project. Wonder what other cozy things I can make?

Until next time,

Maila