Good Sock, Bad Sock
I will start with the bad sock first.
This should not happen. I made these for my mother and gave them to her about 2 years ago (with the big sock giveaway). The yarn is Socks that Rock (STR) lightweight, it was part of their sock club that I was a member of. It makes me sick to think of all the time that I put into knitting with their yarn, and it does not hold up. My mom is in her 80’s and only uses these as house socks. In contrast, she also gave me a different pair that I think I made her about 10 years ago with Lang Jawoll sock yarn, and those have only minor wear holes in them.
And now the good sock. My current sock knitting is the Orange Pekoe from the CookieA sock club. The yarn is Hazel Knits, and it is knitting up very nicely.