I decided that after having a rash of sock accidents in the washing machine I was going to wash my hand knit socks by hand. I used to wash them by hand when there were only a few but now that I have a pile I was taking the lazy way out. Over the weekend I popped all the socks that you saw sitting on the couch on Friday (yes, they were dirty when I took their photo) into the set tub with some Eucalan. They then spent some time on the clothes line or clothes rack in the yard. The whole thing turned out to be a complete success.
I have a few observations:
- Washing a bunch of socks by hand is work. They have to be swished and squeezed out. In the future I will wash a few pair at a time to make the whole thing less arduous.
- A full hamper of wet socks is heavy. Even after squeezing out as much water as possible. See above.
- A clothes line full of colorful hand knit socks is a think of beauty. I should have taken a photo.
- They a soft and smell yummy from the Eucalan which I didn’t use when I washed them in the machine.
- All socks survived intact even the 3 pair of socks that were not knit with super wash yarn.