Yesterday I put the handknit socks in the washer for a bath. They are all superwash merino wool, except for the purple ones and they are wool and bamboo, and then the far green ones are ALL wool. I thought I would take a chance and see how they would do. I ran a small load of cold water and made sure each had enough room to swish around in. They all did great. Into the drier they went, except the 100% wool ones, I didn't want to press my luck. I took them out when they were about half dry and let them finish drying on top of the washer.
I think they all look quite happy.
From the looks of things.....I think I need to go with brighter happier colors....don't you? I will do my best to change my ways.