Reference: 2013 Resolution posted 12/31/2012.
Darning socks. You are probably having the same reaction as the owner of our local sewing shop. “Honey, nobody darns socks any more!” And you are right, I would not bother with a $1.99 everyday sock, but I like wearing Smartwool socks with my winter boots, for hiking (all year round), for golfing and as slippers. But, they cost between $16 to $20 for a pair. What is special about them is they are made of merino wool—incredibly soft, washable, wicks away sweat, anti-bacteria.
I have worn out the ball of the foot and heel in a couple pairs. At that price, it was worth it to darn them. After researching on the internet and reading a few tutorials, I bought embroidery floss for 65 cents and already had a large needle in my sewing kit. Normally, you use a light bulb or round object to hold the sock in place; but, years ago the Hubby made an acrylic “lightbulb” as a car shift knob (never became one) which now works perfectly for the darning project.
Darning is so easy and worked like a charm! Only used half of the floss on two pairs of socks. I was able to keep my favorite socks, avoided paying $40 for two new pairs, and no socks in the trash.
Instead of knitting a sweater you do not need or crocheting another afghan, try darning. Easy to do while watching your favorite television show!