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D = darn…


Have you ever D2016arned socks?

If you are less than 50 (or maybe 40) years old
I doubt you have any idea of what I am asking.

I am of the generation that knows about this
D2016arning of socks thing.
When I was a little girl it was one of my chores.
Mostly it was my father’s socks that needed to be D2016arned.
He was always wearing through the toes of his socks.

My gramma taught me how to D2016arn.
It wasn’t hard but did take some practice.
At first, the repair was kind of lumpy
but with practice and the right tool I improved.

The most important thing was to use a D2016arning egg.


Some of them have handles but this is what Gramma had.
It helped keep the stitches smooth and not too tight
so the sock was not uncomfortable where the mending was done.

After awhile I came to enjoy the task.
It was not difficult and I could daydream
while doing it and it felt good to do something
that helped my mother.
D2016arning was not  high on her list of things to do.

These days if my  socks look like this


I throw them away!
D2016arn, I have better things to do than D2016arn.

That’s my post for the letter

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18 thoughts on “D = darn…

  1. I have darned an old pair of hunting socks that I had my whole life, so I guess I’ve darned socks and know the general idea on how it works. I read somewhere darning socks isn’t recommended anymore for anyone that might be diabetic, prone to getting sores on their feet. I guess that does make some sense. Thanks for your blog and your post and darning socks. Darn socks

  2. My mom never darned so I didn’t learn how to darn. Don’t give a darn about not darning!
    I’m loving your A – Z, Patricia!

  3. I’ve heard of darning and both of my grandmothers probably did it somewhere along the way. I have no clue how to do it, though I would like to. I don’t wear socks usually. I wear sandals year-round. David has special diabetic socks so when they wear out, we replace them. His feet are particularly vulnerable and I would hate any mending I did to cause another ulcer on his feet.

    Have a great evening!

    1. You are wise not to darn David’s socks. No matter how careful you are the repair is not perfect and not as smooth as before the hole. Unless it is really hot and humid I wear socks at home. I hate shoes!

      1. Me, too! It is almost always hot and humid where I live here on the Texas Gulf coast. I would go barefooted all the time if I could. I do inside the house on the carpeted areas. When I was a child, I was always barefooted, which often didn’t do my little feet any favors. 🙂

  4. This brought back memories of years long since past! I don’t think my mother darned socks, but my grandmother certainly did, and we also learned to do it (though not to proficiently) when I was in Girl Scouts. It is sadly true that we now live in a more disposable world, with less time to sit and do things like darn, thus less motivation to do so. It is simpler to just replace them, and I do. It can take me weeks just to get a button sewed back on! 🙂

    1. Oh, don’t get me started on buttons. That’s a post in itself. I just throw out the sock with the hole. I have lots of socks that don’t match but I wear them anyway. Maybe I will start a fad.

      1. The young girls at work do that too, and I think it’s cute! Why were we brought up so rigidly that everything had to match and be perfect?! People who relax the rules a tiny bit are much happier!

    1. Yes, and the cotton socks make excellent rags for small clean-up chores. I darned socks, but the problem was, the socks just sprouted new holes.

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