Mending

Yet another go-round with eye issues sapped my creative energy, but my fingers felt stitchy. So I decided to do some mending on clothes Don and I had worn to shreds …

I did Don’s repairs in a fairly sedate tan-on-tan …

But I got a bit more playful with my own …

because Deb makes it so easy to have fun …

even (especially) on the other side.

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!