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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will darn a sock.

To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
  -  Post a picture of your holey sock, darning needles
  -  Post a picture of your darning in process
  -  Post a picture of your no-longer-holey sock
  -  It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be functional and not too bulky

Here's some information on darning socks.





wiki how to darn a sock

even faster way to darn a sock

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I don't normally darn a sock this way.  But since the badge is for a quick and ugly darning, I thought I would give it a try.

I take my darning wool (like a cross between very fine yarn and thick thread) and stitch around the outside of the hole.  Then I make a bunch of  threads that go back and forth, catching my outline thread each time, then I weave in the 'weft' going the other way (catching the outline thread each time).  Then I do a few more to fill in any gaps.  And the hole is gone!

It's important to use wool when darning because it will felt/full in the wash and integrate better with the sock.  

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drafty sock
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the tools - including a darning mushroom
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'warp' in place
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just like weaving
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all done
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Today, I said, "DARN IT!" and then I did!

I've been darning my socks since I was probably 14. I wanted  to be cool like pioneers and medieval people, and so grabbed thread and just tried to darn my socks. I never had lessons. It's fun seeing tutorials! I never would have thought to use thick yarn, or to not tie knots.

I've never had one of those spiffy mushroom things. I just stick my left hand inside the sock to hold it to shape. It works pretty well, though maybe not as fast/well as with the little mushroom thing.
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Sock hole
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darning it with rug wool I found at a thrift store!
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Done!
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view from the outside
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