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Day 83: Darn! : the sequel

I've been darning all the socks, all the livelong day!

You guys, I totally just darned my socks! It was super-easy!

Here is how you do it:

1) Find a lightbulb and/or something else that kind of approximates the dimensions of a heel and/or toe. Unfortch, the only lightbulb I could find was a kind of pointy faux-candlelight thing. So it best approximated a hoof, or someone with a really, really long crazy big toe.

Still, it was OK. I put it sideways in the toe area, which kind of made a sort of toes shape-ish. And it turns out there was also a hole in the heel, so I pointed it so it was kind of like a very pointy heel.

I have darned socks now for this shape of foot. Cloven hoof type foot.

2) Yarn and/or thread and/or embroidery floss. I had some thin-ish yarn that worked well as the socks weren't just like thin sports socks, and yet not thick knitted sorts of socks.

3) A needle. As it turns out, I have lots of needles. Awhile ago, my workplace had one of those "give something you own and yet never use" gift exchange (what are those called? White Elephant?) and I got the Singer 70-Piece Foldable Sewing Cube. It includes everything you ever need for sewing ever. I had never looked at nor used it before tonight and it turns out AMAZING!

Singer 70-piece foldable sewing cube. I own ALL OF THESE THINGS!! And I totally forgot that I did.

4) Words of wisdom from blog readers, and My Mother. Obvs, my mother knows about darning. She said that one of her friends used to have a thing that looked like a maraca, which you could use for being a fake heel/toe, and which also stored all of the supplies inside of it.

This is called a Darning Mushroom, FYI.

5) Darning, as illustrated in the video I linked in the previous article, is basically like weaving. Which I remember how to do from elementary school art class.

So, I have rescued my socks! Though next time, I will darn then inside-out (I forgot to turn them inside out this time).

Frugal win! Cute socks are saved!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

if you need one of those darning mushrooms, I think I saw them at the yarn store that is down far end of Broadway near the Sarcan...(quite a while ago)

jem

Foster said...

Thanks for the tip. I wonder if they are very expensive? Or if I could wittle one myself somehow? Or I guess I could just get like a tennis ball or something...

Foster said...

PS -- let JG know this would be a good birthday gift for me.

jesspoole said...

I totally have this same singer thing too! I use it all the time, but it's really frustrating when you run out of a colour. I had to resew a button with green thread on a gray jacket for my BF. Will I ever remember to buy more gray because I'm out? No. I'll always think "I have every colour in the woooorld!" until the next mishap.

Annabelle said...

jesspoole - Excellent point. I predict that this same thing will happen to me, and I don't know if there's any way of avoiding this kind of thread-overconfidence.

Annabelle said...

jesspoole - Excellent point. I predict that this same thing will happen to me, and I don't know if there's any way of avoiding this kind of thread-overconfidence.

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