Anybody know what these are?
They are called darning eggs. A sock with a hole in the heel or toe is pulled over the darning egg which gives a stable foundation for darning the hole.
I wonder how many sewing kits today include darning needles and thread. My mother always had a good supply for fixing holes in socks. We didn't just toss socks when a hole appeared. We fixed the hole and wore the sock until it couldn't be fixed any more.
We didn't have a darning egg. That was a luxury. We had burned out light bulbs that served the purpose just fine.
And I wonder how many of today's young even know what darning is. I have my doubts that there are any. We wear a hole in a sock and toss it. I find it sad that we live in a throwaway society. So much waste.
Me...I'm glad that I know how to fix socks, replace zippers, sew up seams and patch pants knees. I might not have the newest or most fancy clothes on the block, but they are without holes and rips and tears.
Oh yeah. I forgot. That's the style now, isn't it. Silly me.