As you may remember, yesterday I left you hanging with this tantalizing picture:
You got to see that end of the box, because the other end has a nice little label-holder with a neatly lettered label. This box contains:
Holes! Well, socks that contain holes, as well as all my extra sock yarn bits, and my Weavette hand loom. I’m planning on darning those socks so I can have warm feet this winter, and then making a few more rectangles for my handwoven sock yarn blankie. I’m going to be working on that blanket for a long time.
Now, to darn socks you need a tool usually called a darning egg, or darning mushroom (someone told me once just to use a lightbulb, but that only works if you don’t have CFLs. For one thing, those things don’t die, and for another, if your heels are shaped like my CFLs, I don’t know how you walk!). I didn’t have one of these tools, so the socks sat languishing. See the languish?
Luckily, there was a solution to this problem. Email mum, and ask her if she has granny’s (HER granny’s!) darning mushroom still. And the answer was….YES.
That is my great-granny’s darning mushroom. I do have a vague memory of her showing me what it was for, when I was about 4 or so.
Mmmmm, patina. It says Czecko-Slovakia [sic] on the underside. I’m really looking forward to using this.