Honestly, I was pretty okay with the idea when I realized it would necessitate a trip to the antique store, maybe even a couple. Add in my favorite handmade socks have a hole in the pad of the foot, and there was no turning back. It did take a couple stops, but in the end Union Street Antiques in Rochester, NH had just the most darling darning mushroom and tonight I found a video with folks with British accents (very cool) and great close up video of how to darn a sock, so friends, tonight I darned a sock.
It's really not all that hard or time consuming. I have no idea why folks speak of sock darning with such disdain. Not, mind you that I hear of sock darning often, but when I do, it's not with kind words. I enjoyed it, and am very willing to do it again, should my handmade socks need the attention.
For my first attempt, I think it came out pretty well. I went with nylon sock enforcing thread, doubled, instead of using the original yarn. I figured that it would be more sturdy that way, and since it's the bottom of my foot, there was no need to worry about it matching, or showing. Looking at it, I think I would have done myself a favor by going wider than the actual hole, as the yarn seems a little thin across the whole pad, not just where the hole formed, but they are wearable again, and if another hole shows itself, I'm confident in my ability to thwart it's expansion!