“Where are those gloves with the leather?” asked Michael when the weather turned a couple of months ago. We searched in all the usual places but came up empty handed. (Yes, that was intentional)
Last week, during a fit of New Year’s decluttering, I found the gloves — in his brother Kevin’s room (or should I say “former room” since he no longer lives here?) Regardless, the gloves were located, and it was immediately apparent that they’d been found by some moths during their time under a pile of stuff.
Michael was delighted and not at all concerned about the multiple holes. He was confident I could fix them and even suggested that the mending could be a design feature — even going so far as to suggest I use some “warm colors” for the patching.
I love a knitting challenge, and I love learning a new technique, so I started searching my stash and the Internet. Over the past several years, I’d seen articles and posts about “intentional mending,” incorporating stitches and patches into a garment rather than doing invisible mending.
I found a tutorial from Edmonton’s River City Yarns most helpful, in part because it demonstrates how to knit a patch to cover a hole while also securing its borders. Other tutorials were for knitting a small patch (basically a swatch) and then sewing it onto the piece — not as clever, in my opinion.
So I dove in. Along a worn-out thumb, I did some cross-hatch “weaving” since there didn’t seem to be space for a patch. I also figured it might be too lumpy. Further down the piece, I created a little patch over six stitches.
“That’s lovely, but those aren’t warm colors,” I hear you say. That’s exactly what I said to myself. So for the next patch, I snipped a length of more appropriate yarn leftover from a pair of socks and got to work.
Apologies for the blurriness.
This is really fun. There are quite a few more holes and gaps, so I’ve got plenty of chances to practice. I’ll keep you posted.
4 thoughts on “Patching up”
Your visible mending looks great!
Hello – I love this post. I think you did quite a good job on the old gloves. Annie (who is home from London) presented me with a vintage black sweater that has a sleeve that is unraveling at the cuff. It has green and yellow appliqued flowers on the front and is very much worth saving. The yarn seems to be cotton but a blend of some sort. My grandmother taught me to darn socks and I’d grade myself as an advanced beginning knitter who no longer gets hysterical if I drop a stitch or find a mistake. I also, as you would suspect, have a collection of yarn in the basement and I found a nice segment for my project. I threw myself into the cuff repair. She was thrilled with the results and so was I. I am very happy that more kids want to recycle clothing instead of replacing it. (Thank you for the Sock Repair link). Cheers P.S. I did holiday felt decorations with my grandchildren and so had fabric glue at hand. I used the glue on several ends of yarn that were randomly sticking out, There was no hole or problem but I thought it might help overall. CMP
Where, oh where have you been??? Or was I somehow left behind, not getting messages from you until today? I even remember that we first met when you were in some short-term position at Smith. How many years ago was that? Glad to see you here again and still knitting!
Sarah Cross Mills, Portland, ME