Due to the heavy duty nature of my husband’s work, he has a propensity for developing holes in his socks quite often. Hating to discard them and end up caught in the pricey revolving door of recurrent sock purchasing, I figured it would be a best to learn to mend them instead. So learn I did. Now, I am not an expert sock darner by any stretch of the imagination, mind you. I’ve only been mending our own socks for a little while. Nevertheless, I can manage well enough to get the job done, adding a satisfying number of extra miles to my husband’s footwear.
A light bulb for sock repair? Now that’s a bright idea!
For those not familiar with darning, a tool called a darning “egg” is typically used. This gadget slips inside the sock and reinforces the shape, creating a nice, solid, slightly rounded form on which you can work quickly and easily. When first figuring out how to mend socks, my mother shared with me a trick she learned from her own mother. Instead of spending the money for a darning egg, she recycles a light bulb that has burned out. Taking her advice, I found that this trick works quite nicely, and in some cases I’ve found the bulb works even better than certain darning eggs.
To see a short example of how to darn a sock, see the post “On the Mend.”
If you’d like a number of other ideas on how to repurpose incandescent light bulbs, take a look at this creative list of 20 light bulb-based projects!