Here is the hole:
And here is the patch job:
It really doesn't look too bad. In fact, I think with the variegated yarn it blends in so well that you really wouldn't know the patch was there unless you were looking for it. The only bad thing is that it added an extra layer of thickness to the areas where the holes were (there was one on the heel and one near the toe). I'm not sure how this will affect how comfortable the socks are. I'm particularly worried that the one on the heel is going to be bothersome. I guess I'll give them back to mom and she can report back. In the mean time, I'm going to get working on making her a replacement pair because I know she'll need one soon enough....
Oh, and by the way, what the hell is this white fuzz all over the socks?? Is this some sort of weird acrylic yarn thing? I've never seen anything like it before. The next pair of socks I make her will be wool and if she throws them in the dryer I will kill her!