I made her several pairs of hand-knitted Socka Fortissima socks, and she put one of the pair I made for her (FOR CHRISTMAS) in the washer AND DRYER when I told her not to. Nooooo, hubby is dumb, she knows more than he does. She can't knit, but she knows more about hand-knitted socks than I do. And she spins our fleeces and she also felts projects so she knows what kind of disaster she is wreaking on my hard work. So she tosses them into the washer AND THE DRYER and what happens? Besides getting all pilled and fuzzed (and pretty nasty-looking) there's a friggin' HOLE in one of them from getting snagged by something else she washed them with. The hole isn't in the bottom of the foot or the leg, where it would be easy to fix, but noooo, in the GUSSET. She didn't even bother to put them into a garment bag to keep them from getting BLUDGEONED by the the washer and dryer, just tossed them in like they were store-bought. And they're RUINED!! Dammit, all my hard work -- you wouldn't believe how AWFUL hand-knitted socks look after going through the washer AND THE DRYER just one time!!
So these socks are going to be what I experiment on as I learn how to repair/darn damaged socks. Here's a website someone sent me: