knitxcore.: H is for Hole

Monday, April 21, 2008

H is for Hole

H is For Hole

Believe it or not, this is first time this has happened to me!

I really didn't expect it from a pricey sock yarn. Maybe I wore them too much?

Either way, the situation gave a chance to learn how to darn. I found a video on YouTube of an old lady doing it, and that it looked simple enough. While I didn't move as quickly as her, or do as perfect a job, the hole has been patched up and the socks will live to see another day. (I, honestly was almost in tears, over a hole in a sock.)

You can darn socks to:

or just listen to good music, if darning isn't you bag:

Tegan and Sara - Speak Slow



Dave said...

And the operation was a success -- good work, doctor!

I think all socks will eventually wear out, and likely the ones without nylon or something for reinforcement quicker, regardless of price. :-(

All the more reason to just knit more socks, so the ones you do have get less wear and tear. :-)

*karen said...

Perfect. Exactly what I needed.

Mel said...

There's also an online tutorial for darning so that you have a knit repair, rather than a woven one, since knit and woven fabrics will wear differently and have different stretch characteristics.

Anonymous said...

Oh have much more patience than me! Nice work!

Marlena said...

I really need to learn how to darn. I always end up ravelling back past the hole and reknitting (I always get holes on the ball of my foot). That's not going to work so well on newer socks, now that I do everything toe-up!

micah said...

that's neat man! I love it! I've been wondering how it'll go when my knit socks start wearing out. So far so good though.

Deneen said...

This recently happened to me and what I did was have someone make Weavette squares (and then promptly bought a weavette) and I will dye them and try darning with the patch. I do plan to try darning some socks your way too-so I will let you know when I get to it.

I prefer 100% merino versus stuff with nylon, hence why when they go, they go all at once.

Sandra said...

aww, that pic is too sad. i'm glad you were able to patch things up, hooray!

and thx for a vid. i'm def gonna need that in the near future.

Vicki Knitorious said...

Go you. Great job learning to darn!

Midnight Purls said...

Good work! I know one of these days I'm going to have to learn how to darn. I wear my hand knit socks all the time. Luckily, no holes yet. (knock on wood!)

nuttnbunny said...

So illuminating! And so many things to love about the tutorial:

1. Wonderful "zoom-out: cinematography at the beginning

2. GIANT sock

3. Palpable tension as the sock waits on the table and our illustrious darner waits patiently to pick him up

4. Lovely chirping birds throughout


elizabeth marley said...

Dude, I totally needed that video. Actually, both of them. I forgot how much I *love* T&S.

Jana said...

Darning is a darn shame. But always better than the alternative, a holey sock. I was bummed the first time I had to darn but I figure it's a new skill and now that I know how to do it my socks can be immortal and live forever!

Asif Abdul Aziz said...

wonderful... simply wonderful... thank you... thank the people who made the video... thank you to mel who put up the other version on darning... and thank me for opening up your blog... lol... i think i covered everyone... keep at it...