My husband is in the service industry, so his job requires him to wear steel-toed boots. If you also have a husband who wears steel-toes, then you also know that we are keeping the sock industry in business. Of course it is not just my husband who shreds the toes of his socks, my son is just as bad because he walks with his toes up. So we basically have a long standing bill every three months to buy two large packages of socks.
The socks that I buy for the husband are Hanes 10 pack Men Cushion Crew Socks for $12.72 at Wal-Mart. Aeropostale socks used to be the order from my son, but at $15.00 per 6 pairs of socks (before tax), we had to make the switch to Hanes 6 pack Black Ankle Socks for the same price as Papa’s for $12.72. Now, that might not seem like a whole lot, but if you add that up for a year, we are shelling out $101.76. I don’t know about you, but I would like a check at the end of the year for $100.00, and if I fix the socks for the men in my life instead of buying them more, well that’s exactly what I would be doing….handing myself a check. Yeah, I want that check.
The cool thing about ‘darning’ socks is that it is not only resourceful and green to do so, but it also makes me feel like I am truly taking care of my family. God says that we should be good stewards of all that He has given to us, and if He sees that we are, He will give us more blessings. Another awesome thing about fixing clothing instead of re-buying it, is that you can use the task as a teaching tool for young daughters, as it makes easy sewing projects. Once they have mastered it, you can even add it to their Chore Packs if you have a large family and need chores to give them. Here is what you need to do the job:
Once you have your basket set up with holy socks, you will need a needle (I use a sharp), a good pair of fabric shears (scissors), all-purpose thread in the same color as your sock, and a 2″ rubber ball. I keep my basket with all of my materials by the couch so that anytime I have a minute to sit down, I can be productive at the same time. Now, how to do it:
First: Thread your needle, knot your thread, and then set aside.
Second: Turn your sock inside out, insert rubber ball and bring it down to the toe of the sock, then locate the hole.
Third: Insert needle, make a stitch, then stitch again stitching through your first stitch to lock it into place.
Fourth: Continue with stitches tight enough to close the hole, BUT not too tight. Otherwise, your husband or son will feel a hard lump in his shoe and not wear the sock again, then all of your frugal efforts will have been wasted.
Fifth: Lock your last stitch in place by making two stitches in that last stitch.
Sixth: Sit back in your rocking chair by the fire, and pretend you are Ma Ingalls and you just ‘darned’ Pa’s socks!
There you have it folks. Once your done sewing all of those holes in all of those socks, you can sit back and figure out what your going to do with your $100.00 check!