I read over and over again about how front load washers suck at felting. What a pile of shit.
If that was true how did my Pixie Wing socks turn from this
They were only 14 months old.
Now this is a pair of socks pulled from the same machine of death and they look almost as good as they day I knit them 9 1/2 years ago. Yes, my first pair of socks. Quality yarn is so worth it. I love you Regia. You aren't even thinning on the bottom and I wore you once a week for the first 5 years. That's before I built up a drawer full of hand knit socks and had the ability to pull you out just once a month.
I took a learn to knit class because I wanted to knit socks. It was a 6 session mitten knitting class. While the other students knitted a pair or even two of mittens I plowed through the mittens, a few hats, and then these socks before it was over.
The pattern is the formula in Nancy Bush's book and my instructor had me buy reinforcing thread to knit in at the heel and toes. The socks are a little pilly, especially after today's washing, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had another 9 years in them.