If there’s an activity that screams “thrift” it has to be darning socks. I love thick wool socks. They’re cozy, warm and double as slippers in my house. Last December, I bought these fab “surfer socks” (because when you surf on the West Coast of Canada, you surf year round in a wet suit and need to put wool socks on afterwards to ward off hypothermia.)
But here’s the thing: I’m super hard on socks. This is what they look like after only 4 months of wearing them, even though I wear a thin pair underneath to prevent this very thing from happening. Sigh. It’s particularly galling because I paid full price for these bad boys – $27 – so tossing them so soon felt criminal.
So I did what every 21st century thrift-minded-wool-sock-loving person would do: I youtubed “how to darn socks” and watched a less-than-stimulating-but-highly-informative video on how to darn a sock. Then I went to a thrift shop and bought wool.
I couldn’t find either a darning needle or a darning mushroom (that’s this thing) so I bought needles and used a stemless wine glass instead.
Funny thing about the needle, though – I didn’t notice that it said “sack needle” (not “sock needle”) until after I’d darned the socks and took this photo. Worked like a charm anyway.
It is actually super easy to do this. It’s basically weaving and the only reason you need a special needle is to have one with an eye big enough to handle the thickness of the wool.
I can’t imagine doing it with a standard sock because you’d go blind but for wool socks like this, it’s totally worth the minimal effort.
Now I have renewed surfer socks! (and no, I shan’t be taking up surfing any time soon.)
What other activities “scream thrift”? Let me know what you think and maybe I’ll document my attempt at that too!