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Monday, September 4, 2017

I'll Be Darned - I DID IT

We ALL have such projects, tiny and larger ones, that we put off till...
Well, when it rains or when it is a cold winter day?
Nonsense - we MUST just attack them - any time.
This project was laying there since winter...
Yes, I'm honest!
Another hole in one of my favorite house socks for winter!
BUT, I did purchase another antique sock darner from one of our Church ladies that went to heaven... A couple of years ago that is.
Beautiful and practical, that is IF you use it.
Smart ladies that used to work with such an egg shaped sock darner a lot.
Holding on to its sterling silver handle.
Well, I'm sort of old fashioned I guess...
Having such a French antique silver needle case with roses (got another one like this for my baby sister), I was ready to start.
Oh, I still kept some yarn from hand knitted socks for Pieter, done by Pieter's Mom!
Yes, we owe a lot to our Moms as I did watch my Mom many times as a little girl when she was darning socks.
See, a nice hole in my heel!
This is not about dragging my feet... It lay there since winter and now I had to DO it.
That's how Mom showed me, weaving from one end to the other...
Than weaving through from the other end...
Oh, I know mine doesn't look as neat as Mom's used to; she was a MASTER darner!
BUT the hole is filled in!
Once more I can enjoy my favorite BLOOMIES from Bloomingdales.
Grabbed them up once in a sale and I've loved them!
Haha, our kittens loved to attack those pompons!
So, I'm ready for the cold weather for wearing my house socks!

Do you darn?...

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30 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette, Such beautiful silver sewing accessories, and I am glad to see them put back to their original use. You are very talented with a needle, as shown in your many projects, but I could not have darned those socks to save my life!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you very much and yes, it is quite a joy for using those silver antiques, while pondering about the different hands that ever held them...
      So grateful for having had a Mom that did show me many things with needles, she taught me how to knit, crochet, sew and also darn.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Deaerst Mariette,
    well done!!! Most of the people in this time don't know, how to repair knitted socks ...Those socks are beautiful :O)
    HAve a lovely weekend,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings, Claudia xo

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  3. You've done a wonderful job, dear Mariette, darning your cute and snuggly house socks. I've never tried darning, but you have shown me how to do it so I have no excuses now! Your beautiful sock darner certainly makes it much more pleasant to do. Love the little pom-poms! Sending hugs xo Karen

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  4. Ogni nuovo mese è un regalo da scartare... non sappiamo cosa ci sara dentro... può sorprenderci o deluderci... ma non smettiamo mai di viverlo con il sorriso e un pizzico di ottimismi. Buongiorno e buon mese di settembre.

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  5. Well done you, that took me back quite a few years, I use to watch my Mother useing a sock repair tool when I was a kid, and now that same darner is in my Daughters bedroom.
    Take care Gordon.

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  6. Liebe Mariette,

    schön und praktisch.

    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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  7. This old darner is pleased to have a good chance to help you prepare for the coming winter. Nice weekend!

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  8. I've never seen darner and I wouldn't know how to use it! I learned something new today, Mariette! Your socks look very warm and comfy -- and can be a fun toy for your kitties :-)
    It's September already. They'll warm your feet during soon coming winter!

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  9. Oh good idea ! Excellent Mariette, Are you hot on your feet now ?

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  10. I've never seen a darner but that one is a lovely one. Doesn't matter how the darning looks as long as it did the job and you are able to get more use out of those warm booties.

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  11. These since in a winter and holding on to how to on Your was socks when feet comfy warms!
    Your showing their best of on the winter!

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  12. oh!! love those accessories..

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  13. A fancy darner that is. You are so good at this. I would have used needle and thread and they would have looked terrible. A talent you have for sure and I wish that I had listened more to my elders and learned more when I was younger and passed on to my children.

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  14. Cara Mariette, ma come sei ingegnosa. Non avevo mai visto questo articolo per cucire le calze. Davvero particolare.
    Tra poco sarà ora di metterle con l'arrivo del freddo...
    Un felice w.e. cara.
    Lorena
    P.s., abbiamo lo stesso template

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  15. Darn it I do not know how to darn.....wish I did.

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  16. Your antique needle case and sock darner are lovely.
    I have just been repairing the bottoms of my hand crochet slippers ready for colder days too. However, I think I will keep my eyes open for some felt soles too in case they wear thin again.

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  17. Cute and practical! I was never taught to knit or crochet. I had to teach myself how to sew on a loose button, darn a hole and repair a fallen out seam. That's about the extend of my "skills."

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  18. No, can't say I've ever darned a sock. I noticed your pretty needle case though and along with the pretty darner I'd say you have some lovely pieces. Looks like you did a good job. Now your cute socks with the pompoms will be ready for winter.

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  19. Dearest Mariette; Oh My♪ I've never known nor seen sock darner, what a lovely pair with cute pompons to warm your legs♧♧♧ I believe your mother is watching and smiling♡♡♡
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  20. I LOVE that darner and until you told me what it was, I had no idea. No..I dod not have to benefit of being reared for more than 6 years by my mother. So many homely skills have flown past me. I always regret that there are so many skills I do not have. But I love seeing them in other people. You can do anything I think with any needles. I have long read your other projects with any form of needle.

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  21. I love your socks, very nice! You did a lovely job!

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  22. Dearest Mariette,
    I am in awe, you are really very gifted!
    I'm sure you will wearing them all winter but I wish it the latest possible ;-)
    Keep well :)

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  23. un oggetto certamente utile, io ho un uovo di legno!!!! Il tuo è molto prezioso! Buona settimana e un abbraccio Lory

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  24. Liebe Mariette,
    das Stopfen kenne ich auch noch. Meine Mutti konnte es noch perfekt. Ich habe es auch nicht so toll hingekriegt. Ich habe auch leider nicht die Geduld für solche Dinge. Alles was mit zu langem Sitzen verbunden ist. ;-) Aber es wäre sinnvoll, denn heutzutage wird viel zu viel weggeworfen. Socken werden manchmal gar nicht mehr gewaschen, nur 1 x getragen und ab in die Tonne. :-(

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Sara

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  25. Mariette! Achei a meia linda! Gostei também da cor.
    A peça antiga é maravilhosa, de prata, uma relíquia. Fez bem comprar e usar. Nunca vi nada igual. E o seu trabalho ficou muito bem feito.
    A minha mãe usava um ovo de madeira, também muito bonito. As mães sempre são o mais puro amor!

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    1. Dearest Maria Glória,
      AMEN to your very last sentence!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. What a beautiful sock darner with a silver handle. I remember my grandmother had a wooden egg to darn socks, she was the one who was into sewing, my Mom never enjoyed sewing or knitting but I learned knitting in school and started sewing by practicing in a sewing machine my Mom had.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, there were many tools for darning socks back then. Not only did I learn knitting and crocheting from my Mom but also at school, from the Catholic nuns. It was a very worthwhile thing to teach for developing motor skills and especially involving both hands.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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