Friday, July 29, 2011

Socks for One and All

In my last post, I disclosed that I'm making myself a pair of socks. In an attempt to use every last bit of yarn, they are knee-highs, and so, taking a little longer than I thought. I do have a finished object for you though:

Boyfriend Socks

Pattern: Boyfriend Socks by Alice Bell
Yarn: mystery alpaca yarn
Needles: US 1
Project page

I am a sweater knitter, as I'm sure I've mentioned before. I tried to talk John into letting me make him a sweater, but he doesn't wear them. He's very athletic and always hot, so he has no need for them, even in a bitter Midwest winter. I finally talked him into a pair of socks after one of the ladies I knit with on Thursday nights at my local yarn shop gave me a few skeins of sock yarn she had begun to make a vest with. I chose the pattern because I liked it a lot more than the standard ribbed sock we are always knitting our men. It was kind of a pain in the end, but so rewarding! He loves them and can't wait to wear them this winter.

John's complaint with the first try (there were three, the third was successful) was that the top of the foot was too tight, so I had to add a gusset. I don't have enough sock experience to know how to do that, so I faked it, but it worked. It looks wonky on the limp sock, but when he wears it, it's great! I promised him a pair of less formal socks. They'll likely be from the same yarn since I have so much of it. I don't want to say I've caught the sock bug, but I certainly appreciate socks more than I used to. Next week I'll show you my incredibly long Fomalhauts and maybe I'll have a new sweater started for WIP Wednesday.

I know I promised John would post about his fish last week. I take the blame for that because I was moving (pretty much done now, yay!) and was too busy/lazy to transfer pictures to his computer. :) We'll move my pictures of the fish from my computer to his this weekend. He got a shipment of beautiful angels yesterday that I know he's eager to share. :)

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  1. Omigosh those socks are gorgeous! The perfect combo of yarn (love the tweedy look)and cables!

  2. My hubbie doesn't wear pullovers either so I know your frustration as a pullover knitter

  3. well played! winging things can be nerve-racking! i felt that way about socks at first. i followed patterns to the letter until about my fourth pair of socks...

  4. These socks look very nice and I see the manliness in them. Good job! I will stayed tuned to see your knee-highs.

    Take care.

  5. The socks look so great on him! I'm sure he will want you to make 100's more. LOL

  6. Love that pattern! Will definitely have to file that one away for future sock knitting!

  7. Thanks for the kind comments, all! :)


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