Saturday, March 07, 2009

Have yarn, will darn

Last night I read a reference to darning socks in the current issue of MaryJanesFarm. I thought, "Darn it! [Sorry! Couldn't resist!] I have several pairs of socks with holes in them and I save all my leftover sock yarn. There's no reason why I couldn't darn those socks and wear them again."

The socks in question are all wool and handknit, which is why I never threw them out. All but one pair were gifts and I keep thinking that someday I'll repair them.

Last night I decided "Someday" was now. The only snag for me was that I have no darning egg, and off-hand, I couldn't even think of a good substitute.

But today I searched my closet because I remembered the children once had a little egg that rattled when shaken, to be used when making music. I didn't find the egg, but I did find a little maraca we must have bought for Sam a few years ago. I also found one end of a wooden apple that went to a set of play fruit purchased from Magic Cabin years ago as a Christmas present for one of the children.

After darning one pair of socks, I'm definitely using only the maraca from now on. It's the perfect size and the handle makes it easier than the apple slice to manipulate.

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Blogger Tammy said...

While I'm very impressed, you're missing the perfect excuse to buy more sock yarn! ;)

11:01 AM  
Blogger Good Yarns said...

I am also impressed...and would love to see a tutorial.

Happy (early) Birthday!

8:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Julie!

Regarding a darning tutorial - I just googled and found several on the web. It's really just weaving on a small scale.

4:30 PM  

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