Through the years I’ve knitted a lot of socks and I wear them most every day. The only time I don’t wear them is if I’m wearing short socks and I’ve even knitted some short socks. I don’t find the wool socks scratchy, especially with the nicer, softer wools. I always use a wool blend for socks. All of my hand knit socks are hand washed. I have a little bucket in my bathroom and I toss all my socks into there after wearing. When it’s full, I run a bit of warm water in the bath tub, add a couple of drops of Soak Wool Wash, get in there barefooted and step around on the socks, swirl them around with my hands, let the water out – no need to rinse when using Soak. I then squeeze out the excess water with my hands . . no wringing or twisting. Next step – spread them out on a couple of bath towels, roll them up, step on the rolls to squish out more water, then lay them flat on the blocking mats. I don’t usually use sock blockers but just shape them with my hands and let them dry.
As I was packing for the trip, I went deeper into my sock drawer because so many of them are needing to be washed. This is a pair I made for Socktober, 2016. They’re pretty! I make a lot of plain vanilla socks because they’re mindless knitting and I don’t need a pattern. Having pretty socks with a design is nice and it made me smile to put these on this morning.