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Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Hole in my Handmade Sock, Darn It!!

Imagine my horror when I found a small hole in one of the socks made for me by my SET partner!

(Yes, I checked the house for pests immediately, found none, had the exterminator experts come out anyway, just in case!)

And then I sat down to fix the problem. :)

From this... this!

The hole was in part of the rise (between cuff and heel), and the fixed portion is a little thicker than it ought to be, but you can hardly see the difference! :)

Below are some of the steps involved:

Fortunately, my SET pal (thank you, Cindy!) sent me a little butterfly of extra sock yarn along with the socks, so I was able to repair them in their same yarn!! :)

(don't think I'm going to try to write my own instructions for this technique!! There are some very well-written instructions out there in the world, and I've even searched out a couple of the links for you!)

option 1

option 2

Note-- both "official" sources used a vertical skeleton, I used a horizontal skeleton. I didn't bother to look up the "official" sources when I needed them, I just dragged my best effort up from memory. It worked, though!


  • At Mon Nov 13, 12:55:00 PM PST, Anonymous Nancy said…

    I think the horizontal skeleton works much better, it recreates the needles to support the stitches you are going to least IMHO. I discovered to my horror that I had worn the elbow of my "real" Norwegian sweater nearly through and had to fix it before it fell into a heap of yarn snippets. The horizontal 'needles' were perfect to let me re-knit it.

  • At Wed Nov 15, 07:18:00 AM PST, Blogger Laura said…

    Wow, great repair job there! Finding yarn-munching creatures in my flat is my worst nightmare...

    Cindy's idea of sending a small amount of matching yarn for repair work is fab - it's made me think that I should do the same for any socks I knit.

  • At Sun Nov 26, 12:43:00 PM PST, Anonymous Rox said…

    You know - everytime I check in on you and see this post, I think of the Dixie Chicks song - "Hole in My Head".

    Only now... its "hole in my sock".


  • At Sun Nov 26, 04:59:00 PM PST, Blogger Peacock said…

    Y'know.. if "everytime [you] check in" you see this post, then I need to write an update!

    Holidays are difficult this year. :I Haven't been able to write anything worth reading.


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