There was a time when no proper household would be without one!! It was at one time as common as a button hook, an antimacassar or a wood stove heated iron. "Where have all the sock darners gone, long time passing?"...perhaps a song lies there somewhere.
The darning "egg" is a tool for knitting or darning together an area in a sock or perhaps sweater that has a hole. The classic darning egg is an ovoid piece of stone, metal, wood, ceramic or blown glass. Many "darners" have the added handle for ease of manipulation. The smooth surface of darning eggs will not be easily scratched by the needle and they protect the mended from finger pricks.
Ahhhhh, but THIS DARNER: Enameled Black Egg Darner on Handle, lovely collector's piece OR start your darning project with it. Show a little wear from darning needle but still quite lovely for age. Great conversation piece. 6" long with handle, egg 2.75 " long, 2" wide.
Found at an estate sale of a collector. There were some that either I did not want (plastic eggs) or thought might break (glass eggs which someone was pushing past me to get and yes she did break on in her aggressiveness). I was delighted with the ones I found, I kept a couple for my own mending basket and I am passing these on to the great big Etsy world out there! At the time of this listing we have several darning eggs in wood in varying styles. If you are ordering more than one I will be able to reduce shipping.
I will pad really well and mail to you first class USPS, free shipping within the U.S.