Playing Catch Up
It can be tricky keeping up with things that are commented on slowly and over time. Not to mention, many of the conversations I have about this experiment happen face-to-face. So, with that I’d thought I’d update/point you to some bits of interestingness.
On Washing Socks
Ken, who runs a dyehouse and washroom at a sock manufacturing plant had this to say about washing socks.
if you stuff your washing machine full , or use only enough water to cover the socks , then they will beat against the machine and all the other clothes causing more wear on them .. handwashing , if done roughly can be even worse , more so if you wring them out by hand .. to wash i would suggest a low temperature (low warm , or even cold) and lots of water to give the socks room to move and not beat against other material. that will help prevent some of the pilling effect . as for drying , less heat is much better. For the same reasons as washing, using a machine to dry is worse .. my suggestion would be cool or cold wash in a machine that has a light load, use a lot of water and air dry .
On Getting Socks for Free
Brad, featured in Episode 7: Go Hike has received a pair of free socks from Bridgedale. He loves ’em. Word on the email wire is I may have a pair in the mail, too. I’ll report back.
On Good Smartwool Experiences
Three commenters have posted their positive experiences with Smartwool socks. Click their names to read the whole comment:
Dave Matusiak: What are you doing to these poor socks? Do you walk around on sandpaper while not wearing shoes? I have Smartwools that have lasted for 4-5 years or more.
Marilyn: I have never had a problem with any of my SmartWool socks. I have worn them for years and not even one sock has ever worn out. I still own other socks, but only wear them reluctantly.
Tia: I have two pairs of Smartwools and I wear them everyday for a week without washing. I love them and there are no signs of wear yet! Heck, sometimes I even sleep with them on!
On Predicting the Result of this Experiment
For those that made a declaration, three think the socks will last the year, seven think they’ll wear before the year’s up.