Antique Maple Wood Darning Egg Darner for Socks and Handknits
The wood looks like it is a warm maple or oak and is lightly polished and worn smooth from years of darning. It is in fabulous condition. The handle removes from the base for easy storage. I love the close-up photo that shows you all of the awesome teeny nicks in the wood from the darning needles that were used.
Darning eggs were a very common and important tool long before and during World War II, when a majority of the country actually knit and/or repaired their own store bought socks. This is a a real heirloom piece!
When I started knitting seriously, I discovered that my grandmother, Irene, had owned a darning egg. My mother and her sisters grew up on a farm, and Mom vividly recalled her mother sitting in the evenings on the farmhouse, diligently darning socks using the wooden foot form darner.
Grandma married my grandfather, Pap-Pap, in 1945, and they left the farm life and moved to the “city” in 1957, when my mother, the middle child, was 9. They bought their first house for $8,000 and were thrilled to have indoor plumbing. Grandma still darned in the suburbs though, continuing to use the darning egg.
I became enchanted with the idea of owning a darning egg just like my grandmother's, and after scouring antique shops and acquiring a small collection, my aunt was sweet enough to gift me my grandmother's. Now I have more darning eggs than I know what to do with, so this your chance to own a darning egg too