• Because many years ago...women used darning needles to mend socks. They were special needles for doing this.
  • Darn socks? I thought you got darned to heck for not believing in gosh. Oh, and the whole darning needles thing too. ;)
  • Because the whole time you are mending them you are saying "Darn sock! Why did it have to get a hole in it?"
  • Darned if I know! : )
  • Its the name of the stitch technique used to do the repair. "Darning is a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting using needle and thread alone. It is often done by hand, but it is also possible to darn with a sewing machine. Hand darning employs the darning stitch, a simple running stitch in which the thread is "woven" in rows along the grain of the fabric, with the stitcher reversing direction at the end of each row, and then filling in the framework thus created, as if weaving. Darning is a traditional method for repairing fabric damage or holes that do not run along a seam, and where patching is impractical or would create discomfort for the wearer, such as on the heel of a sock. Darning also refers to any of several needlework techniques that are worked using darning stitches"
  • not sure why

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