When I first thought about having a husband turning 60, I thought about getting a really special gift. Something he would always remember, something he wouldn’t buy for himself, something momentous. And then the party planning started and the money spending started and I realized that I got him a party and that was enough.
Except that it wasn’t, so I did what I usually do for birthdays and I knit him a pair of socks.
I wanted the socks to be extra special, though, so I picked the Treads pattern from the book Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch. Cookie made a pair of these a while back and I fell in love with that intertwined cable going down the side of the leg. Like Cookie, I also made some significant changes, including decreasing the number of cast on stitches to 72 rather than the ridiculous number called for in the pattern.
I used yarn from Judy that I had in my stash. I knew the color was just right for man-socks and Dale and Judy are great friends so it just seemed right that I use this particular sock yarn.
I was worried that I wouldn’t get them done on time, what with all the party planning and preparing, but I actually finished with 2 days to spare.
I wrapped them with one of my special sock labels and threw them in the pile with all of the other gifts. He got a lot of great gifts, including restaurant gift cards, bottles of bourbon, and Civil War memorabilia but he only got one pair of hand knit socks.
I guess that makes them memorable enough.