life with a chronic disease and a really big yarn stash
Sock Mending Day
This morning I work up on fire! I cleaned out the stash room, sorted all the knitted socks, mitts, and shawls into moth-proof bins, and organized the yarn for a few potential projects. While I was still feeling positive (and knitting powerful: call me Wool Wonder Woman!) I set aside three pairs of socks that needed mending and then headed downstairs to watch the weather forecast with the noon news while I worked.
Two pairs of socks had simple little holes that were fast and easy to darn. There, done! Back into the sock bin you two. The last sock, however, was a mending job of another order. This was going to take a little courage and ingenuity to get done.
I just love these socks, and am very happy to have them back. I think that they are about 5 years old, and with the repaired heel I hope to have a few more years of wearing them.
Sock pattern: Lotus by Andrienne Fong. The pattern is one in the book The Joy of Sox by Linda Kopp.
I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.
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15 thoughts on “Sock Mending Day”
Wow…awesome color choice. I’m adding this pattern to my list. What’s your favorite durable sock yarn?
Thanks! It was because of the color that I wanted to save the socks. This yarn was 100% merino, and didn’t wear as well as I wanted them to. I stick to sock yarn with at least 10% nylon now, and my absolute favorites right now are Hedgehog Fibres sock (http://shop.hedgehogfibres.com/) which is so soft it is to die for, but it has that nylon in it. I keep checking the label because I can’t believe it’s true. 🙂 I also like Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (http://zenyarngarden.co/) and Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. (http://www.dreamincoloryarn.com/yarn/fingering/smooshy-with-cashmere/)
Amazing job on mending the heel!!
Thanks!! It was kind of a leap of knitting faith. 🙂
Wow! You are a darning diva!
Naw. Actually I’m kind of a lumpy darner. It made better sense and was faster to knit the new heel. 🙂
Wow, what a fantastic job, it certainly looks as good as new! Sharon x
It looks like it will wear well too. I wore the sock yesterday and when I looked inside last night the old heel was felting smoothly into the new one. Perfect! There is one crease that I’ll be careful to smooth out next time I wear it.
That is impressive mending. if you hadn’t pointed out which one was mended I wouldn’t have been able tell.
Btw, I’m sending you all my mending work from now on.
Fabulous job on that sock repair!!! Yes, as Jenn writes above–could we please send you our mending? All we need is an address!!
You guys are cracking me up. I could hang out a sign: will do mending for chocolate…
You did an awesome job!
Thanks! It was surprisingly fast.
That’s always a bonus