makeshift darning needle

Friday, October 19, 2018

 It was a glorious day in my Cabana.  The sun was high in the cloudless blue sky.  The sea was calm as I listened to the waves crashing gently against the shore.  The breeze was warm against my skin. I was spending the day alone, on the beach in Cancun, as my husband was in meetings all day. My first sock was almost finished and I was already dreaming about casting on for the second sock.   If I cast on today, I thought, I can probably finish by the end of the week.  This day could not be anymore perfect, I thought.  One last row, and I am ready to close the toe with the kitchener stitch.  I reach into my travel notion bag and hunt around for my darning needle.  Panic sets in.  What?  Where in the world is my darning needle?  I quickly dump everything out only to fully realize... there is no darning needle.  My dreams of finishing this pair of socks is shattered.
Wait, I think.  Come on, Leslie.  You can think of something to thread through these stitches to use as a darning needle.  Hmmmm.  No bobbie pin like I have used in the past.  No paperclips either.   I have my stitch markers but they are too wide.  I wonder if my Cabana neighbors have anything.  Would that be inappropriate (or weird) to bother the couples around me.  Hmmmmm.  
Well.  I do have washi tape.  And my double point needles.  If I tape the yarn to the needle, then I will be able to thread it through like a darning needle.
Voila!  Makeshift darning needle.
The day is once again perfect.
(Note to self ::  always carry washi tape.)

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13 comments

  1. Great solution. It is awful when you think you have everything you need and find you are missing needed tools. Enjoy Cancun. I've never been there.

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    1. hi lynn! oh i know isn't it?! and i usually pack my knitting before i pack anything else! :) xx

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  2. Very clever! I know there is a technique of knitting the kitchener but I’ve only once been stranded (hah) with no needle and of course I couldn’t remember it. I slipped the toe stitches one by one to a piece of string and set that sock aside so I could get on with the next one.

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  3. Sock are the one thing I have never knit
    Maybe I will have to try kniiting myself a pair .

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    1. hi gigi! yes... start with a self striping yarn! there is so much satisfaction in them. and, they are a terrific project to throw in your bag because they take little room! :) xx

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  4. Great solution! I've used a bobby pin to weave in the ends before. I use a grafting technique that I saw on Interweave knits. You use your knitting needles and knit & purl the tail through the live stitches.

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    1. very cool mim! i will have to look into that stitch! xx

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  5. I am darn impressed. I don’t carry washi tape but I do have darning needles in the coin section of my wallet. I may have needed these more than once. Xo

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    1. you are so clever to keep them in your coin section! not sure why i started carrying washi tape... i think it was the fun colors. :) xx

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  6. I love ingenuity. Mom routinely reminded me that necessity is the mother of invention. Gorgeous socks!!!

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    1. necessity is the mother of invention. love that. thank you sheila! xx

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