By JC | January 13, 2013
Once again, DH has worn holes through his handknits – this time, through the soles of a pair of socks.
Side note: He didn’t detect the holes; I did. I’m always amazed that he manages to create holes without ever noticing them.
Fortunately, the holes and the neighboring thin spots were all in the same area, under the ball of the foot; the rest of the socks were in good shape. Re-knitting from the mid-foot down would result in a decent pair of socks, ready to withstand more abuse… and would be a whole lot faster than knitting a whole new pair of socks.
I started by cutting off the toe of the first sock…
…and unraveling down.
The first few rows were a little fussy, but eventually the yarn started to unravel easily enough. Once I got past the end of the thin spots, I started unknitting stitch by stitch, placing stitches back on needles as I went.
Soon enough, I had all the stitches back on needles.
After just a few rows, it was clear the repair was going well. You can see a slight change in the color and texture of the yarn – Blue Moon Fiber Arts® Twisted – but I imagine the difference will disappear after a little wear and a wash or two.
And then… the finished sock!
Now for sock #2… and then the glove fingers that need repair, and the felted slippers that need new bottoms… ah, it doesn’t end, does it?
PS. Anybody have any ideas for the cut-off toes? I figure they could be filled with lavender and turned into sachets, or filled with catnip and turned into cat toys. Or I could just toss them and not have yet another project hanging over my head. Your thoughts?