Cotton Socks for Summer
There's been some discussion on the Socknitter's list about cotton socks for summer. I finished 4 pairs of Regia Cotton Surf socks in May 2005, and wanted to show how they have lasted for the past 9 months.
First I must confess, I wear my socks without shoes in the house, and even scamper out to the mailbox with no shoes. I wash my socks with all my regular laundry, cold water and in the dryer. My socks have never been hand washed and laid flat to dry. They wear their wrinkles proudly in the drawer, but straighten out nicely on my feet, and behave in my shoes, when I remember to wear them. I do not knit heirloom socks, I will mend or toss when they get holes.
I can see the colors on the feet have faded some, but the cuffs are as bright as new. When I knitted them, I was concerned that the cotton might not have the same memory as wool socks, so I knitted them in a variety of ribs. The red are fluted ribs, and the others are moss rib, seeded rib and Harris Tweed rib, all knit with #0 needles at 8 - 9 sts/inch. I don't think I needed to worry, Regia Cotton Surf knits up much like other sock yarns I've used. Because of the ribs, these are the best fitting socks I have, they still hug my foot and feel the best of any I've knitted.
I hope this helps. I love my Regia Cotton Surf socks! I've never knitted a sock I didn't like, I send them to the frog pond till they behave!