1000 Flowers for the Planet - #494 Darn Your Socks
It’s a very old-fashioned idea, but I’ve heard it’s coming back into fashion – darn your socks when they get a hole in them. Maybe it’s because knitting socks is now such a hugely popular thing amongst knitters these days, and hand knitted socks provide more incentive to darn them when they get a hole in them. Commercially manufactured socks can also be darned. If you don’t know how to darn then look for a how-to video on Youtube and teach yourself. You will need a darning mushroom – a wooden tool shaped like a mushroom that assists in the darning process – and a darning needle, plus some matching wool. This last requirement, however, is negotiable – it doesn’t have to match. My great-great-granny knitted into her late 90s, and would darn the boys’ socks with pink wool if that was all she had to hand. After all, no one would see the darn, it would be hidden inside the shoe. It was all about making the most of what you had.
Darning your socks makes them last longer, reduces waste, reduces landfill, makes better use of resources and saves money – all helpful things for the planet.