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.
See, no jacket flopped over my purse.
About three-quarters of the way down I finally found it along the path. Up I trudged to the top of the trail where Mr. Aitch and I guzzled a bottle of water.
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!
I still had some of the yarn leftover from when I made these socks and quickly reknit the toe of the one sock.
The second toe was easier as I shoved my darning egg into the toe and did a kind of weaving over the thin area to prevent a hole.
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?