Single Sock Syndrome
The single sock syndrome is an odd one. It still amazes me how singles multiply. I keep all of ours in a basket in the bedroom and about every six months do a "go-through" to match them up and then toss out the singles. Just recently though, I have been using them to stuff little handmade toys - I cut them up in small pieces and they make the nicest, softest stuffing - better than polyfill because they make a more solid animal.
Here's Julia with some teddy bears from "Colorful Stitchery" and they're stuffed with orphan socks. They would be great holiday gifts and take no time at all. They're all made of felted recycled blankets and sweaters I bought at the thrift store. I dyed them with acid dyes to get the bright colors. These dyes are easy to use and yield bright colors. I give instructions for the entire project (bears and dyeing) in my book. You could also use your old handknit sweaters after you felt them.
My clever friend Kay, co-owner of 7 South Bakery made a scarecrow she calls "Sole-Mate." She shamelessly begged customers for single socks and to noone's surpise, she was inundated. I donated several for her scarecrow cause.
I think this is the best idea of a use for a single sock, don't you agree?.