Monday, August 21, 2006

Here's the thing...

For his birthday, which is coming up shortly, hubby has requested a pair of socks that aren't 1)stretchy 2)multi-colored 3)ill-fitting. So basically, they can't be anything like the first pair I made him. Being the wonderful wife that I am, and knowing much more about socks than I did in February, I recognize that the first pair was really horrendous and have agreed that he really does need some new knitted socks. (The man, God bless him, loves me and so wears the socks I made him in February. And because I love him, I don't want to make him wear them!)

I'm using Silja yarn in this lovely navy blue color

and KnitPicks DPNs in a size US 1.

One thing that I've learned is that it is very important to make sure that the sock fits before you make a matching one. Even if it means that your husband the recipient isn't surprised when they receive their gift. I'd like to think that having a properly fitting sock outweighs the fact that they know what you're making for them. With this in mind, I fitted the sock on Bryan frequently while knitting the first sock, which makes this second sock much easier. These socks? Oh, they fit amazingly.

The other thing is that I never realized just how long my hubby's feet are. Also? He's got very wide feet. This makes for a lot of knitting. I hope he realizes what a grand gesture of love this is. (Hubby also has a large head, which means that I'm not looking forward to the Christmas hat he's requested, though a hat will go by faster than socks.)

In other knitting news, I finished a secret Christmas present for my Mom. It finished blocking and I did the seaming tonight. I shall not being showing this one off until December 25th because Mom reads my blog!

For those of you who are doing some Christmas knitting, have you started yet? If not, when do you start?

9 comments:

Kat said...

Stop taunting with the C word. I'm trying to convince myslef that there are still 10 months of knitting time before the holiday.

Zarah said...

Welcome back, I hadn't heard from you in a while! Right now I'm still concocting Christmas knitting plans in my head, although I have a few random things I've maade that could be good gifts just hanging around the house.

del said...

I started my Christmas knitting in January because I know it'll take me all year. I have only a few items done & that's because of baby things & birthdays that I also decided to fit in.

I made my DH a pair of socks this past Father's Day. I went by the chart in the book for fit & LUCKILY the chart was right & the socks fit because I didn't have him try on one sock first! Good idea, though--you don't want to do all that knitting & have it not fit!

Melissa said...

I kinda started the Christmas knitting. Nothing too great to report though. Brother will be getting a nice hat (for cold nights at work) and a scarf (probably my first lace venture) for mom...who knows what else.
So, what pattern did you use for hubby?

HibiscuitsGirl said...

I don't knit anyone anything for Christmas, because then everyone wants knitted items and I would spend the whole year doing nothing but getting ready for Christmas. Instead, if someone happens to receive a handknit item, they know it is an exception to the rule. I hope. And when I do decide to knit something, I usually start two weeks before the 25th of December and knit until my arms fall off and I'm crying in a mass on the floor. It's not pretty.

Singular Stitches said...

Good luck on the sock! I totally agree with you, go for fit over surprise!

I'm doing lace (for the first time ever) for the female gifts this Christmas, so to give myself enough learning time, and particularly if I have to rip, I started two gifts in July.

Catherine Kerth said...

good luck with the second hubby socks attempt! made socks for my hubby chris and his shoe size is 14! so i used a sportweight and sz 3 needles......he also has a huge head like yours so no hats this year ;) your a brave woman;)

Ginger said...

I have been thinking about the Holiday Knitting, planning, assembling yarn and patterns, but, haven't started the actual knitting yet. oh, well.

Laura said...

me too. i'm thinking about it, but haven't actually started. :)