I have knit a lot of socks, I love my socks, they are the best thing I have learned to knit. I have the ma th down pat and can knit a sock that fits my foot or any other person's foot extremely well. I still get a bit sad when a sock is just plain worn out and gets tossed. However sometimes I can prolong the life of a sock and squeeze a few more years of wear out of them. I knit this sock 12 years ago (can you believe it) and this pair is still one of my favs. Let me tell you a well knit well fitting sock can last for many years, Once you have worn hand knit socks you don't look back. They are awesome! ( I am off on a tangent here so back to the sock at hand).
This sock is in good shape other than the hole in the toe.It is fact of life that holes happen in socks sometimes.I will be honest I really don't know how to darn a sock that well. Usually I say darn and throw it in the garbage can! (sorry, old corny joke). I think I have a psychological aversion to darning. Do you remember those old beige leotards we used to have to wear? The ones your older sister or cousin wore before you? The ones where the elastic was shot in the waist, causing them to creep and fall down your backside all day long so the crotch was mid thigh and you were constantly pulling them up? The ones where as soon as you put them on the knees sagged and they wrinkled in folds around your ankles? And the ones your mother darned at the knees and at the back of the heel and the toes so they created hard lumps in your shoes and caused blisters on your feet? They were beauties! So here is my alternative method to darning.
Most knitters get really really nervous when scissors are brandished about their knitting .And for good reason!
Riii Riii Riiiii
Some of you who are faint of heart might want to close your eyes about now
Just take your scissors and whack off the part of the toe with the hole in it. I mean carefully choose where the offending hole is and trim accordingly.
Unravel the yarn back a few rows to the point where all the stitches are intact and are on the same row
Load up your stitches on your needles, find some sock yarn and you are ready to go. Can you believe I still had the original leftover ball from 12 years ago? You see I knew I might need it one day. (That's the most feeble excuse Chris) I need to do some decluttering.
Toe knit and ready to graft
I have cut off toes of socks, cuffs of sleeves and ribbing of sweaters to readjust the size or to fix holes or worn out bits. With your knitting you have to be fearless sometimes. Remind yourself that you are the boss of your knitting. Take courage and be a ballsy knitter or a ballsy gardener or quilter or crocheter or whatever your passion is. Its good to try something that pushes you a bit and gets you out of your particular comfort zone. Sometimes I over think my projects too much and I remind myself enough already, just do it, just go for it. Be Fearless!!
I had a few more thoughts but I think I have said enough for today.