A mother from Sheffield has found a great way to put old foot wear back into service - as toys for children.
Catherine Knowles has launched a business called Sock
Monsters, the Sheffield Star reports, after getting busy with a needle and thread to make brightly-coloured creatures out of old hosiery
After sending 12 of her sock monsters to the children of her friends, Ms Knowles decided to turn the idea into an enterprise.
She created a business page on Facebook in November last year, which helped spread the word of her company, before starting her own website that has attracted orders from around the world.
"I'm delighted with the way people have taken to Sock Monsters," she told the newspaper.
In the Huffington Post recently, sock puppet artist Katherine Dunn talked about chatting with the toys as a way of getting a new perspective on her paintings.
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