gosh darn it

  • gosh darn it

    Posted by gods-child on February 18, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    no i a not cursing…lol

    i am now down to no pairs of socks without holes in them and can no longer make odd pairs without holes

    time i learned tor darn i guess

    is there a special needle or thread for darn it moments or could we get by with standard needles and threads…??

    what are your tips and tricks for darn it times…??


    MN_MamaBear replied 6 months, 3 weeks ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • JillHillFarm

    February 18, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    When I have holey socks, I cut the foot part off and store the remaining part in my med kit to hold bandages on arm or leg of both human and animal. Used one just this week with a scrape on my arm, used salve and wrapped in gauze, then held gauze in place with old sock sleeve. Socks are relatively cheap to replace and I try to balance cheap and frugal. Hope that helps.

  • DeepSouthBamaGRITS

    February 18, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    I guess I’m still old school and darn my socks. What I have found that works the quickest & easiest way for me is to use a curved needle or regular needle with a large eye, embroidery thread, and a light bulb. Put the light bulb into the sock down to the toe area and make a couple of stitches with the embroidery thread and you’re done. The light bulb gives you something to hold & secure the area you wish to darn, the embroidery thread is thick, so it doesn’t take but a couple of stitches to close the hole & using a curved needle makes it easier (for me) to quickly make a couple of passes thru the hole to close it (of course that depends on the size of the hole! LOL!).

    I use a light bulb (not the spiral fluorescent bulbs but a regular rounded one) because they are always handy. I do have a wooden darning egg, but it is in my large sewing notion box & I don’t always want to drag it out. I use the embroidery thread because it is several threads thick and will hold a stitch better in socks so I don’t have to go back AGAIN later to redo it.

    When I’m browsing Thrift Stores or Yard sales I keep an eye out for old sewing boxes, and notions and can pick up embroidery thread & other sewing needs for pennies. The embroidery thread doesn’t break nearly as easily as regular thread (even if it is doubled). In a pinch, I have also used twine that is always in my “junk drawer”.
    I also keep a small mesh laundry bag in the bathroom to put socks in that need darning. The last few years I have kept a ziplock baggie with needles, threads of different colors, a needle threader (for my old eyes that can’t see the eye of the needle to thread), a small pair of scissors (to cut the thread) & a light bulb. Saves lots of time by having everything right there. How many times do you put off darning socks because you don’t want to have to dig out your sewing notions?? Keep the baggie in with the socks that need darning. I know where the socks are that need repairing and before I do laundry, I will grab that laundry bag, darn the socks and they are now ready to wash. If you don’t keep them separate from all your dirty socks, you will spend extra time to look at each sock trying to find the one with holes. I get my small mesh laundry bags at Dollar Tree. The reason I keep it in the bathroom is that is where I’m usually removing clothes/socks, etc., to take a shower.

    I also have a mesh laundry bag where I put my socks that don’t have matches. If after several weeks of doing laundry (and cleaning the house) & I don’t find the missing sock, I will use those socks to put over my hand for quick dusting jobs. I really like white cotton socks or men’s tube socks when I need to do a heavy cleaning project like wiping down the inside of the fridge. Spray the fridge with a vinegar/water solution & wipe it down. I have many uses for old mismatched socks.

    • BeckyWecky

      March 10, 2023 at 1:50 am

      My mother taught us to darn socks using a light bulb. Brings back some sweet memories.

    • MN_MamaBear

      March 14, 2023 at 1:00 am

      Love it 💚🌞

  • HeidiRainCountry

    Community Leader
    February 18, 2023 at 5:15 pm
  • gods-child

    February 19, 2023 at 11:45 am

    thank you @Fl-Plant-Lady @DeepSouthBamaGRITS and @HeidiRainCountry

    i think i may have a suitable needle yet will have to get some suitable thread

    and i have an old [led-light-bulb] that i knew i’d find a reason for not throwing in the bin…lol

    @HeidiRainCountry i am kicking myself for not thinking to look on your yt channel for a darning video[i should of known better]


  • gods-child

    February 20, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    i have ordered a darning needle and thread

    sow there will be a darn-it time starting in my life very soon

    thank you to all who responded, i really appreciate you all and the time you took to reply


  • Redcap

    March 10, 2023 at 4:29 am

    I’ve been darning socks, sweaters, bedsheets, tablecloths and more since my grandmother showed me how in the 1960s. You don’t need anything fancy, but I do like either an orange or a wooden darning egg rather than a lightbulb because I’m just more likely to break the lightbulb and have glass everywhere. I do use a thread that matches the sock, so cotton thread (flower thread or a heavier quilting thread or maybe even a button thread) for cotton socks and wool darning yarn or I might pull apart a crewel yarn the way you separate embroidery threads to get one or two threads for darning wool socks and sweaters. I find if you darn it nice and tight you’re less likely to wear out that spot again.

    There are several ways to darn a knitted item. I’ve been planning to upload a photo series showing how to darn on my old blog but hadn’t had time. We just started spring break (I sub at the local schools) so I’m hoping I can get that up there and then you’re free to check it out. I’ll post here if I get it up this week. Meantime, there’s Heidi’s video and a lot of good internet instruction out there. Or best of all, find a grandma who can teach you. 🙂

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