The past two weeks has seen me throw away two socks with holes. I tend to buy the same types and colors of socks so naturally save the good sock in case one of the others ends up in the trash, then I still have a pair. More often than not, however, a bunch of single socks just accumulate at the back of my sock drawer. If I were trendy, I would just not care and wear mismatched socks. That's not me, however, so there they sit. I think about giving them to the thrift store, but would they just throw them away, also? I shop quite a few thrift stores, but don't believe I've ever come across a bagful of single socks. I do know some people would be grateful for free socks, so maybe that's something thrift stores could start supplying to the homeless. Just a thought.
Kniitting was never my thing. Several people are avid knitters, and their work is admirable. I came across these vintage wooden darning eggs shown above, and just thought they were great pieces of fiber arts history. If you don't know, darning eggs are used to insert into knitted socks to more easily make repairs. I am not a fan of knitted sock fan as my feet get too hot in them, but greatly appreciate the knitters and crocheters who make them. My great aunt used to make very pretty knitted socks for us at Christmas, complete with pompom decorations on the tie ends.
There are always the classic televsion shows where you can see people sitting darning socks, or at least talking about how they need to get it done. Not sure if I ever saw a darning egg in those shows, however. You can still buy darning eggs today, but if I were a knitter, I think I would like to use a vintage egg to repair my socks. In the meantime, I probably will just keep buying cotton machine-made socks, and throw away those with holes.