Friday, February 22, 2008
I Can't Believe I Am Saying This...Darning Socks?
Last night while I was folding clothes, I came upon several socks (mostly my son's) that had holes in them. After all this talk about frugal living and thrifty-ness, I couldn't just pitch them. So I got my thread and needle and sewed the holes shut. I didn't exactly darn them, as I was about to learn. I remember someone darning socks (grandmother, maybe?) and using something that looked like a maraca (Mexican instrument with seeds inside that you shake) inside the sock. So today I decided to find out exactly how to darn a sock. Well, it may be even a little more involved than I want to get, but it will be worth a try at the rate my son goes through socks. And if it works, maybe I won't feel compelled to always buy the cheapest socks.
Here is an article about a darning egg (that maraca-looking thing). And here is a "how-to" on darning socks.
I found another article about fixing holes in socks that seems very similar but has a few diagrams (I REALLY like pictures:-).
And then I found a site that gives LOTS of ideas about recycling those socks that just can't be saved (or if you choose not to darn your holey socks). At least they will have one more use before tossing:-).
So how about you? Have you ever darned socks? Is it worth it? Are you going to try it now?