New Life for an Old Bulb

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.

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 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!

  4 comments for “New Life for an Old Bulb

  1. August 2, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I rarely comment, however i did some searching and wound up here New Life for an Old Bulb.
    And I do have a couple of questions for you if you do not mind.
    Could it be simply me or does it appear like some of the comments look like written by brain dead individuals?
    😛 And, if you are posting at additional social sites, I’d like to follow everything fresh you have to post.

    Could you make a list of the complete urls of your communal pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    • Tiamae
      August 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Yes, yes. *sigh* You are sadly correct- I get slammed with a ton of “junk” comments where people post nothing but a bunch of nonsense. Either that, or their comments are full of unabashed flattery in an attempt to catch your attention, fishing for an opportunity to get you to click on the obviously unrelated advertising links included throughout the post. Shoes and handbags seem to be the subject of the most popular junk comments these days. So, in short, yes, some of the comments may as well have been made by brain dead individuals, because they sure aren’t trying to add to the discussion… they are only trying to leach off of the blog to bolster their advertising strategy. I try to keep the junk down, but I’m not very proficient at it yet. And to answer your other question, no, I don’t really post on other social sites much. This right here is about as social as I get, virtually speaking 😉 I try to add new content as frequently as possible, but unfortunately, frequency is never guaranteed in my household. Thanks for the comment, and I hope you stop by again in the future!

  2. August 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Keep on writing, great job!

  3. Aleta Sonnenberg
    March 3, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Hmmm. Just a random thought. New light for an old bulb…isn’t that what the resurrection is all about? Sorry, quite random!

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