Pretty cool, huh? And then I picked up this book which has that same cool device on the cover.
At this point I decided I had to have one! I went looking and found you could pay as much as $100 for the thing, but when I found "mine" it was only $4. It came in the mail yesterday, looking like it was made yesterday.
I am completely charmed and I can hardly wait to mend a stocking. The instruction booklet says "Fine soft thread used with a fine needle will produce a soft, comfortable darn that will outlast the rest of the stocking." Have you ever darned a sock? I tried it once, using my mother's darning "egg" and that fine wool yarn they used to make for darning. (Ha! I just checked and they still make the stuff.) The result was a big thick wad that was thicker than the sock itself, possibly due to my lack of skill, and which made the sock too uncomfortable to wear. As for stockings, I remember as late as when I was in high school (and yes I heard that snort of laughter) Frederick and Nelson's in Seattle still offered a stocking mending service. I had always thought that meant repairing runs, but now I see it probably meant darning holes.