Somehow I had absorbed the idea that socks with holes weren’t worth saving. (Who was it who said you should drop the offending pair in the trash bin, saying “oh darn!” as you do?). The tweets suggested otherwise.

All advocated the procurement of a darning egg, a few suggested that I use a lightbulb for this purpose. (“Easy to find,” they said. “It won’t break,” they assured.) As someone who gets the creeps just changing lightbulbs (chalk it up to that squeaky metal rubbing noise and the possibility that it will shatter) there was no way that I was going to start poking at thin glass with a needle. So darning egg it was. But where to find one? I decided the most convenient option was to contact my woodturning father and give him a project. I asked him for a darning egg. A week later, he showed up at my house with four of them.

I had the egg, but what to do with it? Much searching of my knitting library and Google ensued. Via The Principles of Knitting, the revered June Hemmons Hiatt suggested reknitting and grafting the holey area. The web offered a variety of ideas: Use darning thread. Darn diagonal to the stitches. No, scratch that, darn vertically and horizontally. Weave it! Double the thread! Stabilize the stitches with sewing thread. Do it in a square. Do it in a circle. Make it pretty. Do it on the wrong side. No, do it on the right side.!

Sigh. So many options. Thankfully, I had enough holes in my socks to test most of them out. Care to follow along?