Mending a striped sweater by hand
What I did:
My husband's sweater had MANY small to medium holes, which would only get bigger over time if they weren't mended.
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I used a sewing needle and thread to mend all of the holes. For the holes in the black part, I used a thick black thread that I had inherited from my grandmother's sewing stash. I didn't have matching olive thread for the olive part of the sweater, so I threaded the needle with one strand of deep green thread and one strand of brown thread, both medium weight, and both also from my grandmother's stash. Combined, and with small stitches, the colors in these two threads blended together, close enough to olive so as to look almost invisible.