Opal Schafpate 6
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Comments about false Schafpate 6:
Opal's vertically integrated sheep-to-wool line in flowing stripes that also work well for garments Schafpate VI celebrates trekking.
I work them in single crochet on a 2.25 or 2.75 mm lace hook, toe-up, add-on heel, 3+2 rib cuff to fit smoothly inside Alpine, sport, equestrian, or work boots or hiking sandals. They are thicker than knitted socks, but feel surprisingly cool in summer and cozy in our wet PNW winters/trail conditions, never wear out, stay cushy, and wash up a charm.
My husband used to blow out cost co's best merino socks in three wearings...but he has handmade Opal (and Regia, Lang, and Austermann) socks that are on their third year of wearing and washing weekly. Part of that is I custom designed a sock for him to fit his deep heel, high arch, and other aspects of his foot, so they fit him perfectly. Also, we line dry rather than tumble them. But there's no substitute for quality engineering, and who does that better than the Germans!?