Another pair of socks off the needles! These socks are for my dad who asked for them back in December (I think. It was long enough ago that I don't remember when it was). At the time I was (unknowingly) newly pregnant and had zero energy for knitting so the thought of these languished somewhere in the back of my mind for a while.
I did, however, buy the yarn for these socks in January. Just a plain brown as requested. This further discouraged me from casting on. The thought of knitting miles of a stockinette sock (just going around and around and around and around) in just plain brown sock yarn was not exciting at all. I finally cast these on in the beginning of May and used them as my I-don't-have-anything-else-to-work-on-and-I'm-headed-out-so-I-need-a-project-to-take-along knitting. A couple weeks ago I realized that I'd be heading back to California soon and wanted these off the needles and out of my house. After a good, solid weekend of working on them, they're all done.
I knit these toe-up two-at-a-time knitting using Judy's Magic Cast On. I also used a new (to me) toe-up heel technique to get a flap and gusset. The only change I would make would be to do a k2tog through the back loop instead of a regular k2tog when turning the heel.
I had initially been a bit worried about running out of yarn since these were man-sized. I thought I'd do a 7" leg before doing the cuff but when I go to that point, I realized I could add another inch. I knit to just over 8", finished with a 2" ribbed cuff (2x1) and still ended up having over 10 grams of yarn left!
I'm not a big fan of knitting socks for men just because I hate the large size. I doubt I'll ever take on knitting socks for my husband and his size 12 feet (my dad's are only a 9 1/2!) but otherwise everyone in my family will have warm feet. Maybe I'll just felt Adam some slippers.
Yarn: Opal Uni Solid 4ply
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
Began: May 4
Completed: June 20