|This is one of the socks I darned last night.
Can you tell where the hole used to be?
Does anyone do this? It seems like it’s such a lost art. I got a few pairs of nice boot socks, paid more than I ever pay on socks (with a Christmas gift card, so no biggie–it was meant for a treat) and was bummed to find that I wore holes in the toes within 3 months. These socks weren’t cheap, and I knew that if I didn’t repair them myself, I would just have to throw my new favorite socks away, because all of my new pairs were getting holes in them.
I invested in a sock darner from Lehmans.com, and went to work using a tapestry needle (if you are reading, Ma Teakettle, these are the needles that you shared the link to a few weeks back) and some DMC floss and went to darning my socks. I wanted to wait a few washes before I shared my findings, but I’m so happy to say that they are really holding up!
The woman on this video is darning wool socks with wool yarn, but for my less chunky/thinner socks, I just used the floss and it works fine. This opens up doors for me to make my own slippers if I can repair them–I always fight with my patterns to make them, have a heck of a time trying to get it right, then wear them out within 2-3 months. Anyway, now that I know how to darn socks, I can use this same method to extend the life of my slippers.
Just thought I’d share!