RSVP: Sock Holes

Okay, so I need your advice.

In October, I splurged on 6 pairs of knee-highs from Kohls. Two packs of three. You know the pack: one solid, one argyle, one floral.

They are super duper cute and looked great with skirts. I felt like a school girl again. These socks are enough steps away from “sexy” that I still felt modest, but close enough to “stylish” that I felt rockin’ in them and Ryan thought I was adorable. Bonus. Because I bought so many pairs, I resigned myself to becoming “the girl in the knee-high socks” and grew quite fond of them. Well, I must have loved the stuffing out of them because suddenly, they all have holes in the toes!

My natural non-seamstress reaction is to throw them away, or at least toss them into the rag bag.

HOWEVER, they are, as I said, super cute; they’re perfectly healthy otherwise; and they’re at least $15 to replace.

I found some tips for fixing holes on ehow, but they lost me when they started out, “Carefully insert a lightbulb…” (a LIGHTBULB?!) and then – yikes! – the bit about a DARNING needle… (I’ve always thought “darning needle” sounds a little fierce and dangerous. What is a darning needle anyway?!). Let’s just say, I’m intimidated.

So, inspired crafty thrifty friends, please talk me into:

1. Fixing these socks and acquiring a new – albeit extinct and frightening – skill

2. Tossing the socks and forking out $15 for two new packs.

What do you have for me?






8 responses to “RSVP: Sock Holes”

  1. Jenny Avatar

    Fix ’em! You can do this!! Yes, a light bulb will do–or if you can find a darning tool (lots of older folks have them as antique items in their home).

    You have to do this—for financial peace sake 😉

    I just sewed together my first ring sling today…I’m so proud of myself!

    Go to this site…looks simple!

  2. Kelly Avatar

    If I can hand knit socks, you can repair socks! Go for it! Redeem your socks from our disposable society. You can do it!

  3. Sarah Mae Avatar

    I would probably just take a needle and thread and sew it up – simply. Then again, even though I’ve sewn dresses for Ella, I still don’t know how to sew on a button! 🙂

  4. Heather Avatar

    YOU HAVE TO FIX THEM! That was all caps because I was a little bit yelling. If you don’t darn them, then just pinch the fabric and zip them through the machine back and forth a few times and they’ll be fine.

  5. grandmomruthie Avatar

    Actually…in the convent…we even darned our nylons…which were almost like ace bandages!

  6. Emily Avatar

    Wow. Before reading this I had never even heard of “darning.” The link from Jenny is so fascinating…and inspiring! I thought the lightbuld was to melt the frayed fabric of the sock together. Guess I was wrong. I think you should use a ball instead of a lightbulb- pushing a needle near a lightbuld sounds pretty dangerous, indeed. I think you should do it! Teach Viv, too! And we could call you our very own darner. Never thought we’d be luncky enough to have one of those in this family!

  7. Jan Avatar

    Mmm k. Let me be the voice of reason here. Remember when you started using that handy dandy dishwasher of yours? Remember the freedom and bliss you felt when you put your pots and pans in it, even?

    Sometimes it just easier to make your life easier. Buy yourself some new socks. Seriously. You do PLENTY of other resourceful, practical, economical things for your family. If you wanted to learn to darn socks, then okay, but since you don’t – please take yourself to Kohls and live it up in the sock aisle 😉

  8. admin Avatar

    I was WAITing for you to weigh in with your opinion, Jan! 🙂

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