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Darn! Darn! Darn!

So, my very good pal, Applie (a.k.a. Michelle), wanted to know how my knitting projects have been going. Do I currently suffer from the dreaded Sockitis? You bet your sweet bippy I do. The sock projects must wait until the canning projects are not in full swing. Oh, and they are in FULL swing this month. I’m canning everything in sight. I’ll can you if you stand in my kitchen long enough.

While the pressure canner hissed and the little topper did the hula, I darned some socks, gloves, and my husband’s favorite hat.

While I can’t seem to justify creating more socks (Sock Syndrome abounds, ya’ll), I did declare the repairing of old socks a worthwhile task. So, here it is. My home economics teacher would be so proud. In fact, I think the whole world should be proud of my accomplishments this week. In moments such as these, I like to imagine all my ex boyfriends and their mothers (okay… just their mothers) standing in my home eying the rows of freshly canned fruits, veggies, jams, and jellies with my sewing basket of freshly darned socks.

Of course, they would all be thinking the same thing: “Why couldn’t my son have married her?” And then… and then I would parade Josh past them a few times. Not that I’ve given much thought to any of this or anything. Nah.

Back to darning. Yes. Darning is easiest when done on a darning mushroom. First, turn your sock inside out and place the mushroom inside the sock so that it is behind the hole or thin spot. Then run a threaded needle (preferably with similar color yarn or thread) above one corner of the hole. Imagine that there is a grid patch covering the hole and begin weaving the thread through every other thread that is perpendicular. When you get to the other side of the hole, then turn and go back in typewriter fashion. Continue until you have gone completely over the hole or thin patch several times weaving when you can.

Now, turn your project 90 degrees and repeat. This time you will be weaving through your old stitches. Amazing, huh?

I will warn you that darning is time-consuming work. Excellent for killing time whilst canning collard greens (which take an hour and a half in the pressure canner… well, in quart jars anyway). But it is certainly less time-consuming than unraveling half the sock or sleeve and then knitting it back which is certainly an option though never one that appealed to me. Like water and electricity, I like the path of least resistance.

There. And if you were wondering… no that’s not my thumb. I borrowed someone else’s. I figure that you need some new scenery from time to time. Right?

  • chocolatechic - I have never darned that way.

    I’m eager to learn other methods. Please do a tutorial on your site sometime. Do you do a darning stitch like with knitting? I’ve heard of that. It involves wrapping or something, right?ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - Don’t know how to knit, so I will not darn any darn socks! 🙂 I will be your domestically challenged friend. 🙂

    As long as you’re my friend! -LRReplyCancel

  • Ann - *Hanging head in shame*

    I can’t darn a darn thing. I was a straight A student, pretty much. You know what I got a D in, in Junior High? SEWING!

    That’s right. Shakes head….

    No worries, young filly. You just keep on keepin’ on. I just love ya. -LRReplyCancel

  • Barbie - I’ve never darned. I’ve often thought about it, with four boys who put holes in their socks on an almost daily basis. Does this work with store bought socks?

    It sure does! I even did it with thread on Josh’s favorite baseball cap. Darning is good stuff. -LRReplyCancel

  • Mrs darling - Goodness I saw the title on my google reader and thought with all the darns something must have went dreadfully wrong! LOL

    I darn socks. Its not my favorite thing but I do it.

    Heres just a tid bit on the side. When we were kids my dad wouldnt let us say the word darn because he considered it cussing. So instead of saying “darn it” we would say “knit it”. We never got in trouble for saying it even though it was a replacement for darn. Parents are funny some times. LOL I guess kids are too.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss Lacy! :mrgreen:

    You do good work! I really like the colors you chose as well. 😀

    Have a wonderful Friday!! :mrgreen:ReplyCancel

  • Kath - I have tried to darn socks before but it made me say darn ALOT.

    My Grandma tried to teach me so I could salvage my favorite pair of quite colorful toe socks!!!!! I was like twelve maybe. The lesson didnt stick with me so I have given up on darning.

    Great post.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Ha HA HA……you will never live it down now you put it in writing!!!!Let me know if you need help with the canning!!ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Geez, my husband’s mother would wonder why her baby boy didn’t marry you.

    I, ummm, buy socks. And when they get holes, I buy some more.


  • marky - I love your place!!
    And btw if you came to see my I wouldn’t let you clean, but I would take the green beans 😉
    Last winter I learned how to knit, this winter I would like to learn to make socks (especially since NOW you’ve taught how to darn them)ReplyCancel

  • Paula - Good darning lesson, Lacy! I’m a fairly new sock knitter and have been wondering how to darn when the time comes. What I had pictured wasn’t as pretty as what you’ve done!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Now Lacy! aren’t you just the handiest person on the planet! You simply amaze me! Think I’m going to find a way to get you your very own TV show! That magazine …you got published in…doesn’t have a link to it? I need to read more from you! You are addicting!
    Such a huge wealth of knowlege and ideas…are for a simple life! I’d really like to know how you juggle your life so well! A career, a hubby, and building a sustainable life..WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: Darn, you did a good job with that patch.ReplyCancel

  • Applie - Wow, that is pretty cool. I didn’t know the darning wooden thing was shaped like a mushroom. I thought they were are wooden eggs. What do I know, I don’t darn socks. I don’t knit them either…yet. LOL

    You did a great job. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • A Tour : Razor Family Farms - […] of homemade soap, a bucket of all-natural laundry detergent, creating gifts for any holiday, or darning socks — my life is full of crafting and homemaking.  Full, I tell you.  Before your eyes glaze […]ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Thanks for the affirmation that it’s ok to take the time to darn. I don’t have lovely hand knitted ones like yours, but you can never find the same design again on the commercial socks, and I’m rather fond of some of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Marcy - You can collard greens? Successfully? Without losing any of the canning liquid? REALLY??? I am hoping you answer Yes to all these and then tell me how you do it. I have tried multiple ways with the same result of losing at least an inch of the canning liquid (and it’s unnecessarily messy, too)ReplyCancel

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