So I really do mean it when I say I mend my socks.
Every time I take them off, I check for thin spots. If there’s just a little thin spot, I’ll wash them first and then mend them. If there’s an actual hole, I’ll fix them before I wash them because washing them with a hole can make the hole bigger (which is maybe gross? but whatever…it’s just socks…you can wash your hands after).
I strongly prefer catching it while it’s just a thin spot because then you can just duplicate stitch over it. (This is the bit where I am extremely mean and say that if you want info on exactly how to do that, your best bet is going to be to google ‘duplicate stitch’ and you’ll find zillions of tutorials on it…I’m totally just showing off ‘hey, I mended these’ not at all doing ‘hey, here is step by step exactly how you do it’ because it is not that sort of week, and other folks have already done that way better than I ever will.)
A few minutes work and it’s all better. I have socks that are nine years old and still going strong, but an awful lot of them have the odd patch here and there. Totally worth it to keep them in the rotation for another few years.
So what do you think…will you mend yours? Or would you rather just knit a new pair?