Friday, March 8, 2013

The Art of Darning Socks.....

Remember what a darning egg looks like? No, of course you don't. Not in this age of throw away! But "back in the day", we used to darn our socks when they got holes in them. It was an art, that was passed on from one generation to the other. I could not have been more than 6 years old when my Gram  taught me this art of darning socks. You wove the darning thread closely around the hole to start and then you started at one end and carefully wove the thread closely back and forth over the hole. When you got to the other end, you wove the thread back in the opposite direction to the other side of the hole. When you were finished and the hole was covered, you didn't tie a knot; as that would hurt when you walked. You simply wove the thread down one side of the woven area. When times were tough and money was not plentiful, people did what they could to save money and prolong the life of things. This is my Gram's darning egg and I am so pleased to have it. Many people used a light bulb for this purpose. How many of you, have a darning egg or remember them being used in your family?
Till next time......

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