The yarn is Koigu Painter's Palette Merino sock yarn. It's too expensive for me to use very often, but I have made a few pairs of socks with it. I love knitting with it because it is so soft and springy and buttery, with beautiful colors. I found a few scraps left over from the socks in my stash and made them into hexipuffs. This is the perfect way to compare "new" (left) and "worn" (right) with the same yarn. The socks were always hand washed and drip dried. Click to embiggen the pictures.
The brown yarn has faded a good bit, but not so much the other two. The socks have gotten softer and softer with wear, and felted ever so slightly, but there has been little or no shrinkage. I haven't noticed any thinning, pilling, or holes (yet). They are still my favorite socks!
The only problem that I've had with Koigu is ordering it online- I've been unpleasantly suprised twice because what came in the mail wasn't at all what I thought I had ordered. Luckily I have a local yarn shop that carries it, and I buy it there because I can see what I am getting.
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