Sock Darners

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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My grandma, born in Kansas in 1903, was a product of the Great Depression. She always darned stockings…and very poorly, I might add. But, the sock was usable again regardless of the bad stitching. My own mother, a seamstress, decreed that darning socks was not a good use of her time. So, I never learned how to do it.

cindie snyder

We have a sick darner somewhere! They are funny things. I have never used one but it would be interesting to try.


My Mum used to have a wooden one shaped like a mushroom! I’m so glad that this is not necessary nowadays as I was hopeless at it. I always ended up with a lumpy mess which was more likely to cause blisters than the actual original hole! In fact it would probably have been quicker (and more comfortable for the wearer) for me to knit a new pair!
I really like the glass one above! The one below it looks more like an actual potato (maybe it belongs to Mr Collins:) )


I have a sock darner! It was my father’s (he loved to darn socks). It must be close to 100 years old. I still use it.

charlene L capodice

such a fun fact! I remember darning our socks when I was a child, my grandmother would put a small ball in the sock. Thanks for sharing

charlene capodice

lol so nice to have these memories!

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