General ramblings


January 23, 2014

That stands for Save Our Socks!

My socks are getting pretty tired, and a little threadbare at the heels.
I have already decided that in the spirit of Buy Less, Buy Better, I want to replace my cheap, synthetic worn out socks with some of these beauties-Goat Socks from the good folks at Wiggly Wigglers.
BUT they are quite pricey, and I am up-holding my Buy Nothing for January resolution, so am “making do” with the ones I have for now.

I saw a blog post a while ago about someone who had patched some socks when they started to go through at the heel. Admittedly, these socks were proper socks, made from proper wool, but I wondered whether I could have a go doing a similar thing with my cheapo socks.
And it transpires, I can!

This is an example of the threadbare nature of the heel of one of my socks, in case you have never had socks that wear thin, and are wondering what all the fuss is about:

I sacrificed another, even more worn out sock, on the Make Do and Mend sacrificial altar, and cut two patches (one for each sock), and pinned them in place:



Then I took the platform bit (technical term) off the sewing machine and slid my sock onto the arm:

and sewed the patch in place with a close zig-zag stich. The first line was easy to do, it got progressively more fiddly trying to turn the sock through 90 degrees each time, and not sew through both layers of the fabric.
But I succeeded!

I have had a very brief try on and they were not overtly uncomfortable (high praise, I know). I will let you know if they create blisters, but for now, I am pretty chuffed!



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