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This fabulous picture and story come from the Socklady’s sister Alicia:

I’m so excited to share with you another Sock Story. So, here we are at the Arnold Arboretum on Sunday, wandering around enjoying all the beauty, when I come upon this group of dancing women with chef hats on. They were quite a site, so I went right over to see what they were all about. They were congregating to practice their dance routine for later.

I got closer and checked out their outfits. Quite wild! (see photo) Then, there they were !!! Socklady Socks on the Rolling Pin Lady! (They call themselves “The Ladies of The Rolling Pin“) I immediately go over to this gal and ask her if I can take her picture, cause she’s got my sister’s socks on and, after the shock wore off, she got it. Then she called to her other friends, “hey you guys, over here! This woman’s sister makes these socks!”

It’s fun having those stories sent to us. I always love seeing our socks on people, and like Alisha I always get a little giddy when I see somebody wearing our socks. Last week I was on a plane from Chicago to Portland and as we were walking through the Portland Airport my husband pointed to the woman walking in front of us. They were barely visible, but there was no denying that she was wearing the a pair of the Bluebell socks. Stuff like that just makes me smile. I love wearing my socks when going through airport security – makes taking off my shoes in public so much more fun.

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I recently found out that every May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day. Of course all us sockladies have known for quite a while that the tragedy of missing socks is a very common occurrence, which is why we sell our kids socks in sets of three (as a pair with a spare) and our baby socks in sets of five (as two pairs and a spare).

I think it’s hilarious and wonderful that we now have a special ‘holiday’ to not only mourn the lost socks in our lives, but to also give new life to their single mates.

So in the days leading up to Lost Sock Memorial Day I started thinking about what I could do with all the socks of mine that have been in that bag for a couple years and have virtually no hope of ever finding their pair. What could I do to give these socks purpose in life again?

Here’s what I’ve come up with: some of the socks I’ve turned into dust rags. I put my hand in the sock and great for cleaning in small crevices. Far more environmentally friendly than using paper towels. Then I took some of the prettier socks and filled them with dried lavender and secured the open end to use as scent sachets with my sweaters and in closets (it smells so good!).

Now it’s your turn. Maybe in honor of spring-cleaning you can write a poem in honor of your lost socks and then donate all your un-matched socks to Goodwill. Or maybe you’ve got some other unique ways to use your old or mate-less socks? If you’ve got a good idea share it with us by leaving a comment so that everyone can put their old socks to good use again.

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