Hey, it’s more than halfway through Socktoberfest, and I realize I haven’t been talking much about socks. There has been sock knitting of course, but also some sock wearing as the weather slowly turns cooler. Each week as I am doing laundry, I notice the pops of color from the hand-knit socks in the mix. That tells me a few things:
- I like to knit socks.
- The socks I knit are being worn.
- The socks I knit haven’t worn out yet.
I thought I’d quickly share my Care of Socks routine, in case anyone is interested.
I buy a variety of sock yarns to knit with, but most tend to be either superwash merino or a blend of wool and nylon. I wash all of my socks in the washing machine. I know! The good news is, I have found a reasonably gentle process that has allowed me to not be too fussy with my socks, and they still look great.
First, I turn the socks inside out. I figure this will help prevent any unsightly pilling or felting on the outside pattern while they are being churned about in the wash. I used to then put all my socks in a mesh lingerie bag, but that step got omitted sometime ago and there doesn’t seem to be much difference. They all go in with like colors on a cold water cycle. The last step is that I put them on a drying rack. Easy peasy!
Behold, my new sock drawer. This is a shallow drawer in my dresser that used to be where I stored my jewelry. While unpacking a few weeks ago, I had the idea to use it for my hand-knit socks instead. There seems to be room for a few more pairs…
How do you care for your hand-knit socks?