Trash Talk


Why do men have such big feet?

Once upon a time, I thought I was a pretty quick sock knitter.


But when it comes to men’s socks, Good Lawd! Those things are L-O-N-G! But, I powered through. And now, it’s just time for the packaging. One of the funnest parts!

If you have been following along, I have been knitting on these socks for a friend of my husband named, Rob. Long story short, Rob’s a modern day scavenger. He would probably be the greenest guy I know! So, in keeping with his tendency to take home found things for personal re-use (or even for our use at times 🙂 ), I decided to use one of my favorite books to help me pack his gift.


Trash Origami by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander is one of the funnest books on origami that I have. It’s also one of the last books I bought as a hardcover book.  I don’t get to look in it much because it isn’t on my iPad. But, it’s a lovely coffee table book and since it has been Kindlized, it is downloadable (if you’re interested in seeing it right now).  It has designs for boxes, stationery, games, books, party favors, and a few more interesting forms.  Great photos and clear illustrations throughout.  And what could be more fun than making something great out of throw aways?

I decided to round up some magazines that are on their way out around the house to use for this endeavor.  Hmm…Just like, Rob!


Then I decided I’d rather use the more rugged, manly ones…It just makes more sense.



This is going to be really fun!


  1. Q – I love this book!! Can’t wait to see the result.

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing your origami packaging! I can hardly fold a paper airplane… 🙂

    • Lol! I know a few forms. And Youtube is good for difficult ones. But it’s a really relaxing and meditative process when you get into it. Not sure why that is though…Sometimes the best things in life are free (or, at least, very cheap!).

  3. What a cute idea! Can’t wait to see the result!

  4. caityrosey says:

    I’ve never heard of that book but I’ll definitely have to look it up. I’ve made lots of paper cranes out of random materials, but I never thought of making packaging or gift wrap that way.

    I’m sure you’re friend’s husband will love them. I think the only thing that would have made the gift more found-object-y would be if the yarn itself was recycled.

  5. I know what you mean about the feet! The book looks interesting. I know how to make a box, I’ll have to try it on my own and see what the results are.

  6. I haven’t done origami since I was a kid, but you make me want to try it again! Also…those are lovely socks!

    • You know, I never really did much of it as a kid because the kids who could fiercely guarded their secrets! Getting someone to teach me the few notes I could fold was like pulling teeth! So I suppose ythe internet isn’t ALL bad lol. I like these socks for a dude. But I am so in need of a burst of color right now!

  7. I love the socks. Are they your own design?

    • Yes and no. Yes, in that there is no real pattern I am reading from. I just can remember how to make basic socks based on the number of stitches I start with. No, in that it’s a basic sock pattern and I’m almost certain every basic sock pattern is pretty similar if not exactly the same.

  8. Ah I love a bit of origami! Can’t wait to see what it looks like! hehe

  9. This sounds like such fun! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  10. Haa…thanks for making me laugh =D I do know that men have bigger feet but I’ve never thought about them as a ‘problem’ but of course it is if you’re knitting socks! Anyway, can’t wait to see your origami packaging!!


  1. […] In the spirit of Trash Origami, I started making boxes for the socks for Rob. […]

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