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Darn It

I am still peeved by my cell-o-phone's camera. It is terrible at taking close-range photos! Sigh. Oh well.

Darn it

During the drive across Nebraska over the weekend, I worked on darning S's socks. Because I am mean, I used red darning thread on one conspicuous hole in each sock. I darned around 10-12 holes in the sock on the right, but only a couple of holes and weak spots in the sock on the left. If you look closely you can see a couple other darned spots on the inside-out sock on the right.

In case you ever find yourself darning socks, here are a few thoughts. First, the darned spots will not be stretchy, so overall while the socks will retain their structural integrity, they won't be quite as comfortable and elastic as they were at first. Second, the darning works surprisingly well. In a couple of places I first stitched a grid, and then stitched diagonally across the grid because the grid didn't seem quite substantial enough.

While thinking about what to do about an elbow hole in one of my favorite cheap sweaters (Old Navy but bought at a thrift store), I came across a website advocating for felted patches. This also would have worked as an alternative to darning the socks, but I'd already purchased the two-ply darning yarn and darning mushroom and didn't have un-spun wool of the right color sitting around, so I went ahead with the darning. I will probably try to felt an elbow patch for the sweater, however.

When darning, it's useful to use two-ply yarn that's thinner than the original material, so that it holds the material together but doesn't create a thick spot.

Keep your woolens in cedar and monitor them for moth problems, folks. Moths are tricky, annoying bastards.

Projects that are next in the queue:
-Aforementioned sweater darning and patching
-Quilted cat bed (practice for twin-size quilt)
-Twin-size quilt (FINALLY)
-Socks (so much sock yarn, so little time...)


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