Here is the result of my recycling. "Socks" just grew and became a special repository for my favorite pair of socks. Part of one pair became a sweater -- another part became actual socks and the last portion of the second sock became a hat quite by accident.
"Socks" is now ready for what will surely be cold weather and my old socks are keeping his little feet warm.
"I think winter wear is communal. You get some gloves and a scarf from a lost-and-found box, wash them, wear them for a while until you lose them. Then somebody else does the same thing." - Adrian Grenier