This weekend in between daily visits to the big kick-off to summer here in Herndon (Herndon Festival), I went to the Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show in Chantilly at The Dulles Expo Center; twice. Don’t fall over in a faint, but I bought no fabric! I did hit pay dirt in acquiring a few new darners to add to my collection.The black and white one is well used; you place your dark socks on the white side of the darner and your white socks on the black side of the darner so you can clearly see the hole you are patching. The little blue one is for a child’s sock and has not seen much use. The pink one is a glove darner for when you get those pesky holes in the fingertips of your gloves! The last one is a beautiful inlaid egg shaped darner. I love them all!
The last purchase was a wooden soldier with “Made in Japan” printed on the bottom. It is for weaving a length of braid from yarn, string, or ribbon. When I was in elementary school my dad took an old wooden spool and put in four brass brads and I spent many recess hours propped against the wall at Aikahi Elementary School with my friends while we made yards of braid. For the life of me I can’t recall what we did with all that braid!