I'm all in favour of mending...I have a pile of items in my sewing cupboards awaiting me. It really doesn't take much time if I ever get around to it.
But today I am reviving the lost art of darning. My son-in-law's favorite sweater is going to get a new life...at least a new elbow! I'm thinking it can't be all that complicated...my grandmother and mother-in-law darned socks by the dozen. Apparently one needs a darning egg (according to Martha Stewart), but a light bulb is a satisfactory substitute. Never mind that...I always saw my grandmother darning with a large wooden spoon tucked into the sock, so I'll give that try. Now I need to form horizontal rows of yarn across the hole...and then weave vertical rows in and out. Do not tie a knot at the end, but weave a few more stitches to secure. There!
It may not be pretty...but it's much less noticeable than a hole. Enjoy your
new old J. Crew sweater, Tim! And should you find your other elbow getting cold, send your sweater my way...I've got enough 100% pure alpaca yarn to keep you in elbows forever!
Have a good day! I'm off to keep my Saturday morning appointment...it might almost be enjoyable this time, since I'm bringing a friend along.