Saturday, January 27, 2007

Wednesday, January 27, 1926

Wednesday, January 27, 1926
Snow

I starched and washed and ironed and seemed to spend too much time with clothes to pay to have them washed. Then I had to darn the boys some stockings to put on in the morning. I haven’t yet found any that were hole proof and my boys are certainly as hard on them as any one can be. Even the baby kicks big holes in the heels of her stockings.

(Aunt Marjorie wrote, "The textile industries have certainly advanced in the last 80 years."

Imagine having to darn your socks the night before, or have none to wear? We have certainly come a long with socks especially. I think I've asked before, but it is worth asking again, who darns socks these days? I saw a segment on a Martha Stewart show where she showed Bette Midler how to darn socks. There are some tricks to it, including you need to own a darning egg. Bette had some cashmere socks with holes in the toes and she didn't want to just throw them out and Martha proceeded to show her how to mend them. She did make mention that Bette could just go buy more socks. I wonder if Martha darns her socks, or just throws them out when they get holes in them?)


3 comments:

  1. there is a method of darning sox so you don't end up with lumps. First you need a darning egg, or if you don't have one just slip a light bulb in the sock. (that's the shape a darning egg is). If not done right the darned portion can cause friction sores on the foot. This is especially important for people with diabetes. Personally I don't it's worth if, (unless you have very expensive sock) and today the socks are reinforced with other fibers so you don't end up with holes. Of course some people are rougher on socks than other people.

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  2. I would always darn homeknit socks. They are thick enough not to notice when they are darned. But the thin, machine knitted socks cannot be successfully darned....you get lumpy socks!

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  3. Sister with the homestead7:25 PM, January 28, 2007

    this is a great post for The Oldest Sister to admit that she knits the "Worlds Most Comfortable Socks" (according to Mom) by hand. A lost art -- keep it up Oldest Sister!

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