During a particularly cold weekend a few months ago, I gave my mom the Mermaid socks to keep her feet warm. While it was obvious that she liked them, it was my dad who was truly amazed, inspecting the stitches, first on one side of the sock, then the other, and the heels. "They're knit?!!?!!" A sock giftee is born! And while I don't need an excuse to knit socks for my father, it helps that his birthday is coming up, and that I had something of a deadline to spur me on.
Pattern: Gentleman's fancy sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Opal cotton, 100g
I had considerably less yarn than required in the pattern, so I started off with 72 st, instead of 80 and then decreasing down the leg, which was also shortened here. It turned out I had enough, and ended up with just two grams left.
Do you know your dad's shoe size? I'd wanted to suprise mine with the socks so I didn't ask. I overestimated my dad's feet length by almost an inch! It turns out his feet are about the same size as mine. Oops. I'll have to redo the toes, or make him another pair and give these to someone else. Either way, he's going to have well fitting socks if it's the last thing I do!
So did I work on any of the wips when these socks were done? heh.
It's been a stressful week, with lots going on at work and home. By the end of the day, my brain is just not functioning well enough to blog (or email, or comment, sorry!), but st st, in aran weight yarn, for a seamless garment, that I can handle. I had just finished it this morning, and I've not had a chance to take proper pictures. There'll be a full report next time. :-)