I like to learn something new. I can't show you my new knitting skills until after Christmas, but I can show you this one.
I wouldn't bother with it for everyday socks, but I do love my wool socks and they are expensive. So I found a Youtube video and gave it a go.
Turns out, it's fun!
I seem to wear out the heels first. Didn't have any navy blue sock yarn (combo wool with nylon threads for strength) so I used what I had. Variegated blue.
It's okay. It will be inside my shoe and no one is going to see it anyway.
That's my grandma's darning egg at the top. That and a long needle are all you need to do the job.
To start, stitch in and out, back and forth, to create a warp for weaving, anchoring the wool on the sturdy parts of the sock that surround the hole. Very pleasant job if you put on an audio book to listen to while you work.
Next, stitch over and under each warp thread to create the weft, again anchoring the new wool on strong parts of the sock at each end of the row.
That's it! That's all there is to it, and you have saved yourself $18 for a new pair of wool socks.