Mending Day

Yesterday while I was sitting around here feeling sorry for myself (cue up the coughing, sneezing, wheezing, sniveling), I decided to finish some long overdue projects from the mending basket.

First up are buttons!


The buttons on this sweater have literally been hanging by threads for awhile, enough so that I haven’t been able to wear it. That’s just silly, so I got out needle and thread and shored them all up. Ready for winter!

Next, an ancient Rogue, with yarns coming loose at the neck.


I know I have another ball of this yarn around here someplace. I’ll be damned if I could find it though. While I was rummaging around in the billion baskets and boxes of crap, I found this.


My swatch! After some unraveling to get one continuous thread I was ready to go.


And fixed.


That reminds me, why haven’t I knit another one of these?? This was a terrific pattern that was a lot of fun to knit. It’s not like I don’t have yarn around here.

Last but not least, a couple of pairs of socks. They’ve been in the mending pile for awhile, both with very thin nearly gone heels.


I actually got as far as getting out the darning thingee and threading a needle before I came to my senses. All four heels were shot, with tiny little stitches all needing duplicate stitch to fix them. I could probably knit a half of a new sock before I finish this project.

Those are going to the trash. I’m thrifty but not crazy.

R.I.P. The red sock yarn is Opal, finished in 2006, so they’ve done their duty. The other pair is Wollmeise, from 2007. I wear my socks a lot, these have both been worn and washed hundreds of times.

Will is not impressed.


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About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


Mending Day — 6 Comments

  1. I’m with you on not darning socks. In the time it takes you can knit a new pair. Maybe not financially thrifty, but there it is.

  2. It’s nice to see you back from your trip – sorry you’re down for the count, however! I think I see your OFP in your bag…mine’s still on the needles as well. I only have the back and 3/4 of the front finished…hoping to wrap it up for Christmas but don’t bet the farm on it happening! Too many projects…too little time because we’re having fun doing other things! Life is good!!!

    As far as mending – I’d rather start from scratch – I hate it!!!

  3. Gosh, but those little tasks which hang over one’s head for so long, are really rewarding to get done. Sometimes they only take a few minutes, but a tremendous sense of accomplishment is achieved. At least for me. I am such a procrastinator.

    This post is yet another proof that knitting a swatch is valuable.