Finished up a pair of socks the other day - and just in time too.
They are standard socks, cuff down, 2x2 ribbed leg with stockinet foot. 64 stitches, 2.5mm needles. Regia sock yarn.
The thing is - this new pair of socks is knit with the same yarn in almost the same colourway as I used for the very first pair of socks I ever knit.
That first pair is getting thin in the sole,
For all those years, come the cooler weather months, I wear my hand-knit socks daily. With several pairs, I can get through a week before I need to do laundry. My hand-knit socks, because they are knit with combo sock yarn (part wool, part nylon/polyester) get washed the regular way - in the washing machine, along with other dirty clothes. I do spare them the fibre-destroying heat and tumble of the dryer and lay them flat to dry. Nonetheless, weekly wearings and washing for more than eight years is a testament to hand knit socks.
Knowing now, the life span of my very first pair of socks, I have the answer to the question. The question non-knitters, or even knitters who are non, sock-knitting knitters ask.
"Why would you spend that much time and money to knit socks when you can buy them at every- town's, convenient, giant, discount retailer for so little?" The answer is simple.