Hand-knitted socks deserve to be repaired. We spend hours knitting them so a hole, especially in the toe area, can be and should be fixed.
Last September Mr. Aitch and I took a motorcycle ride to Blackwater Falls near Canaan Valley, West Virginia. It was a beautiful day to ride. Mr. Aitch and I hiked down the 200+ steps to view the falls and then back up again only to discover that I dropped my denim jacket somewhere along the trail.
With proper footwear the boardwalk and steps are no problem at all but we were both wearing our motorcycle gear including leather boots.
Once we returned home and I removed my boots, I discovered a hole in one sock and the beginnings of a hole in the toe of the other one. I hand washed them and promptly forgot about them until last weekend.
It was time to get these back in my sock drawer or better yet, on my feet. With the newest pair of socks completed and an empty knitting needle, I tackled the repairs.
Even though the yarn is a superwash wool, the toe area felted on the inside as I soon found out while trying (unsuccessfully) to unravel the toe. I ended up securing the stitches with some double-points and cut off the end of the toe. This process took me well over an hour!
When I gift socks. I include 1-2 yards of yarn in case a hole appears and I try to remember to tell the recipient that I will gladly (?!) repair any damaged socks.
Do you repair you holey hand-knit socks, toss them, or save and never wear them?