P’s knees

The daily patches are still inside my head, patiently waiting to be made real.

Meantime, there was mending to do: a hole in P’s pants …

So I wondered if I could do the blanket stitch mending in a heart shape …

The answer was/is yes!

Process note: variegated Valdani #12 perked cotton on stretch knit leggings.

Reality check: these will probably not make it past a wearing or two, but a smile from P will make it all worthwhile …

More mending

You have most likely noticed that my posts usually begin with a picture of where my stitching ended up. And here I pause to note that it’s challenging to take a selfie of one’s own foot.

Anyway, between power outages I watched a wonderfully well-done darning video on Instagram posted by @bookhou. Unlike others I have seen, this one was based on a form of blanket stitch. I love blanket stitch!

I had a pair of Don’s socks that already had holes in them and were just the right size to fit on my darning mushroom. With each iteration, I got better and better results …

But I’m an utterly incapable of following recipes. So as I pondered some darned socks that had frayed over many washings …

I realized they were way too big to fit on my darning mushroom. I also had some serious reservations about cutting away the old darn in order to create the requisite hole.

So I figured, what if I stitched a darn right over the existing darn, then turned the sock inside out and cut away the problem area? I decided to try it and took still shots as I went …

The final test will be how they come out in the wash. But with the continued power outages and water restrictions in Texas, that trial will have to wait for another day.

In the meantime, I have lots more socks to do. Here’s the before …

and here’s the after …

P.S. Those beautiful variegated yarns are from Yarny Mammoth and Storied Fiber Art!

Darn it

January 9, 2021 – Darned patch

Where to begin? With Don’s socks, which all sprouted holes after a summer in storage?

Or with the really cool fingering yarn dyed by a former colleague in Virginia (named Oliver in honor of his black cat)?

Or maybe the equally cool Blue Without You yarn dyed by his spouse?

Maybe all of the above, along with some hand-dyed black linen from Stitch in Dye in Austin and a vintage darner found on eBay …

I experimented with darning in Oliver black …

I played with darning in Blue without You

and then I just freestyled (upper and lower left), which turned out to be my favorite way to go (what a surprise) …

So today’s patch is a replay, this time using the black linen and some variegated #12 Valdani perle cotton (with thanks to Deb Sposa who put me onto it) …

It was the perfect way to spend a snowy day in Texas. But that’s another story …