Did I ever tell you that my handknit socks have to withstand the most horrible treatment imaginable? They go through the washer with all my other clothes at 30-40°C, they have to endure fabric softener and last but not least they have to put up with my feet. Commercial sock yarn is usually more than up to these tasks without complaining. So far some did better than others but all in all my socks are usually with me for a long, long time. You want to know what happend to this one pair of socks knit out of lovely Colinette JitterBug sock yarn that’s supposedly „easy care Merino“? It gets treated just the same as the other socks in my sock drawer because that’s what I always do with ALL my socks, of course. I seem to remember that the label read „easy care“ but there was also this little symbol incicating a washing machine. So what can possibly happen? Obviously „easy care“ is NOT the same as „machine washable“ even though it might take a couple of washings to show. What can I say other than „May they rest in peace“?! Maybe that I’ll stick to real commercial sock yarn in the future or at least to the stuff that’s been 100% washing machine tested?