Yesterday my mother-in-law taught me how to darn my socks. It was exhilarating. For reals.
My first and only pair of handdyed, handknit socks were unwearable because of holes at the heels and heavy wear at the balls of my feet. But, of course, I couldn’t bear to throw them away.
But we darned them and now I can wear them. The darning doesn’t look all that pretty, but I think the mending and reinforcement made the socks stronger than they were before. That’s good enough for me.
My mother-in-law knows how to darn because she used to mend her family’s socks when she was a child. She says the last time she did this was when she was eight years old.
The darning took us about an hour and we each did one sock. It takes a while, but definitely not as long as knitting a replacement pair of socks.
I have gathered up all my holey handknit socks and will be teaching my knitting friends how to darn. I’ve never been so excited about holes in handknits.
What about you? Do you mend your socks? Take the poll!! If you have other answers, leave them in the comments!