Some time ago, I realise almost all of my socks had worn out. Yes, all of them. I had two pairs left that weren’t worn through just like this. I don’t wear out my socks in the heels or the toes, just right near the end, under the pads that are down from my toes. Foot anatomy is not my strong suit. What do you call that part? Anyway, they all wear there, which is perplexing.
I’ve wondered if the problem was not a tight enough gauge but some of my socks are not made by me – they are made by people who I know who have really firm gauge and they’ve worn through there still. I wear them with various pairs of shoes so it’s not just one particular pair that’s the culprit. I’m at a loss.
I could have darned them long before they got to this point because RoseRed gave me a wooden darning mushroom which I have had for over a year and have been too afraid to use. Afraid? Pfft. What’s that about? I knew I’d get around to it. Just wasn’t sure when. And so when recently a pair of socks I’d been wearing for only two months, my Election Socks, wore through in ridiculously little time, I knew the time had come to either learn to save my socks or give up knitting them because who can afford to have socks wear out so fast? And who can knit swiftly enough to keep up? Sock wool isn’t cheap!
I found tutorials and pictures online and set about having a crack at it a week or so ago. Ok so it’s not the most thrilling exercise ever, and I think it looks pretty ugly but if it means I get to wear them longer, then it’s worth it. With some socks I’m trying to find scraps of the original yarn, with others, I’m not bothering. It’s the bottom of my foot. Who cares if it doesn’t match? In some instances the sock yarn I’m using is sturdier than the original anyway.
But I’d be interested to hear from others who’ve had socks wear through – anyone else had them wear through on this part of the foot or nearby? And who’s got solutions for prevention?
In the meantime, I have a big bag of new sock yarn to get excited about! From Blue Moon Fibre Arts, a delicious array of goodies, thanks to the Aussie dollar and the US dollar being so close. For Jody, since she asked. The Jasper will be a lightweight cardigan, most likely a Bellevue Cardigan, the Dilly Dilly is for a gift pair and the Valkyrie is for Sean. He chose it himself, being a love of dark Norse stuff.
They’d better not wear through!
Oh and my deck? It’s totally underway. Here’s a preview of the guys who are outside right now banging up a whole lot of noise in the sun!
I’m so excited!