A kind of wordless crossword–hemming a pullover of delicate cloth:

Slowly I’m reducing my mending pile. Then I start adding to it instead of putting up with stuff.


4 Responses to “Mending”

  1. Doug Says:

    If you’re running out of things to mend I’ve got a pocket, a pair of jeans, and plenty of socks that you could mend.

    • monado Says:

      Sorry, you’ll have to do your own! It’s a fairly simple algorithm: the thread follows the needle.

      For socks, put an orange or a ball into the sock to stretch out the hole, then do a square basketweave of yarn: first, parallel lines, then over and under those lines at right angles. In either direction, anchor the threads by weaving them over and under the solid fabric beyond the edges of the hole. It’s quite satisfying and takes maybe ten minutes per sock. Anchor your starting point and end point with three little stitches right on top of each other. Cut off excess thread. Voila! You’re a seamstress.

      • Doug Says:

        There’s a simpler algorithm that I generally use. You take two pair of socks of the same colour both with holes in them. Turn one pair over. The holes will no longer match up and you can wear them with impunity. This works better in the winter than in the summer, particularly if the socks happen to be wool. This also doesn’t work too well for toe holes but I find with my socks, heel and ball-of-the-foot holes are more common.

  2. monado Says:

    Nice, if they don’t shift around on you.

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