Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Darning Egg

Does any one darn socks anymore. My grandmother used to have the neatest porcelain egg with a handle that made it easier for her to darn socks. I haven't seen one of those around lately. Now I get a hole in a sock and I just throw the pair in the trash basket. Wastrel!


kenju said...

I have seen those darning eggs in antique shops around here. Maybe if you look for one, you can find it.

KP said...

I can imagine wool socks are still fine for darning, but the stuff they use these days, I doubt it would work.

Archana said...

I have never darned socks - and have never worn darned socks either! I belong to the waste-a-lot generation I guess :-(!

Anonymous said...

I just googled "darning egg" on a whim since I just pulled my mother's old darning egg out to use it, and I not only found your blog, but I found some sites with new darning eggs available.

I don't generally darn socks, but I do darn sweaters, and I do patch blue jeans and pants.

I am about to repair a pair of very nice almost-new socks whose toe seam came out.

I have no idea if I do it properly, but my mending generally holds together, and it doesn't show too badly.

Mary in Virginia

Anonymous said...

I hand knit socks. My two daughters love them, and I also sell them on my website. The yarn isn't cheap, and it takes time to knit a pair of socks. My opinion is, if they're worth spending the time and money to knit, then they're worth mending, so I've just found and ordered two different wooden sock darning eggs from the Internet. :o)

debbil said...

I just found your website and the comments regarding darning. I have my grandmothers wooden darning egg, and have been darning socks for my husband and family for over 30 years now. The problem has been in finding darning thread to make the repairs. It is a cotton thread, that looks similar to embroidery floss. I have patched socks and clothing for many years, my grandparents went through the depression and passed down their ideas on waste not, want not. My grandkids now think that Grandma can fix anything and they bring jeans and socks whenever they visit. If you know of a source for darning cotton, I would loke to know.

Cricket said...

I found this page while googling "darning egg" because I have a very old one from my grandmother which I use frequently. I started to wonder how old it is and where they came from. I was born during the great depression and my mother taught me to darn my own socks when I was a child with the same darning egg I use today.
I knit my own socks because I am allergic to elastic and cannot buy socks that are useful to me. Wool doesn't wear as well as synthetics, and they get holes in them; plus wool yarn is expensive and socks take a lot of effort to make. They are worth reparing as long as possible.
Darning cotton used to come in balls like crochet cotton when I was a kid, but you can't buy it anymore, so I use leftover sock yarn to darn my socks. If you use soft yarn, it does not feel lumpy.

It's a lot faster to darn a good sock than to knit a new one.

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