I needed a break from the gansey’s sea of blue. A quick pair of socks, same as the last cabled pair I knit, in the same sock yarn: Scheepjes Invicta, which is quickly becoming my favorite. Its only drawback is the limited palette of colors.
I have been sending the last pair through the regular wash-and-dry cycle with everything else, and they’ve held up beautifully. They get better, in fact, because they felt just a tiny bit, which makes them softer and warmer. The pattern is still clear and beautiful, though.