Hold on to your hats because today I am finally showing you my last finished knit of 2012. You’ll be shocked, shocked (anyone get the movie reference? any one? anyone? [oooh, and there’s another!], to see it’s a pair of socks. I started them on Christmas Day and finished them on New Year’s Eve. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. Less than a week for a pair of man socks. Impressive, isn’t it?
I had two reasons for getting them done so quickly. The first was to meet my goal of knitting 12 pairs of socks in 2012. The second was to have them done in time to give them to my good friend, Tom for this birthday on January 5th. You remember Tom, right? Well he turned 50 last week and, like his wife, I decided he needed some love in the form of hand knit socks from me. I don’t knit man socks for just anybody since they are truly a labor of love, what with all.those.stitches. In fact, I think Tom is the first guy I’ve ever knit socks for other than my husband. But a 50th birthday is a pretty big deal and Tom went through some pretty big stuff last year so hand knit socks seemed appropriate.
The pattern is a basic sock pattern – you know the drill. Cast on 72 stitches, knit 2×2 rib for a while, knit some stockinette, do a heel flap and gusset, knit the foot and the toe decreases and you’re done. Lather, rinse, repeat. The yarn is Ball and Skein Super Sock 416 in the color Forest. It seemed appropriate for Tom since he’s about as Irish as a person can get. And he was appropriately thrilled with the gift and that’s all the thanks any knitter needs, honestly.
Wear them well, buddy. Wear them well.