Darning my sweater
I recently returned home for a visit with my daughter and her family. They have a new addition to the family, Maple a golden retriever puppy. Maple is now 4 months old and we all know that puppies have sharp teeth. He bit my gray merino wool sweater with his incisors so I had two holes right by my wrist.
So I thought I’d share my way of darning, learned from my mom and great aunts. Of course I have updated the way to do it as they would try to match the yarn and reweave the holes in the holey garment. I prefer to showcase the holes, so I threaded a needle with sewing thread that was a close enough match to the sweater, and I proceeded to do a rough reweave. Once I had done that, I found a scrap of fabric (pink velveteen), and cut out two tiny hearts.
I pinned the hearts over the patched holes and stitched around them with embroidery thread. The trick with mending a sweater is to have something that you can use as a backing to support your sewing. I have this little ceramic thing that is made for this purpose, but a beer bottle of something like that works too. When stitching make sure you don’t pull the thread too much. Keep it fairly loose.
With my heart patches completed, I can wear my sweater without worrying that the holes will get bigger. Next time Maple and I meet hopefully he will have outgrown his puppy biting!