Before I turned the heel on the second Cable Rib sock, I had the Husband try the first one on to ensure a good fit for a man's foot. He commented on their squooshyness (although I think he used a different term) and said, "you know, down the road I'd like a pair of socks like these. They feel great." My heart raced a little. Did he just slide in a request for handknit socks? Holy freakin' moses, I'd better get knitting. I didn't want this opportunity to pass me by. While I finished the rest of the foot on the second sock, I kept thinking about his request. What yarn? What pattern? Should I make them kickin' around the house socks like these? Do I make something that he could wear with his Docs? What colour? So many choices!
After the photo shoot he took them off and lamented, "these were for Dad? 'Cause you know, I realllllly like them, and they fit, and they're good on the tile floors, and, and, and..."
And as it turns out these are his perfect socks. I don't have to decide on a yarn or pattern at all. They were intended for his father's birthday back in January, but the recipient will be the son and not the dad. Who can resist a plea for handknits from a Husband? Sorry FIL, you'll have to wait for the next pair.
Pattern: Erica Alexander's Cable Rib Socks from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Socks That Rock Medium Weight in Monsoon, from the Rockin' Sock Club kit.
Needles: Size 2 US (3.0mm) KnitPicks DPNs
Started: March 1st, 2007
Finished: April 1st, 2007
Final Verdict: I wouldn't knit these socks to wear with shoes, the cable is too thick. It creates a big 'ol bump that would press on your foot. If I knit these again, I'll rework how the cable twists when you rejoin for the gusset. Knit the way it's written half the cable disappears and then is picked up with a different rib. I like my cables to have a proper start and end.
And because I know it will be asked, his tattoos are Edward Gorey drawings. Mr. Mistoffelees on the left and the Doubtful Guest on the right.