I didn't get to the laundry over the weekend, so this morning I was down to my last pair of dark socks and one of them had a hole in the heel. Of the many ways in which I am thrifty (or cheap, as my husband would say), sock retention probably tops the list. I have socks in my drawer that I am certain walked my high school halls in the 1980s, and I still wear them despite their tissue-thinness in spots.
All my dark socks are of more recent vintage - probably 6 years old or less - so my natural impulse was to sew up the hole in the heel. I think darning eggs must have gone the way of the buggy whip, so I had to use a Silly Putty egg as a substitute. It was a little small, but it did the trick.
I know that socks and underwear are fairly inexpensive commodities, but it always seems wasteful to me to chuck them if there's potential wear left in them. When it comes to clothing, I'd rather splurge on cool t-shirts instead.