Sadly, my honey has not—until now—been the recipient of a gift made by me. He has asked for many handmade items over the years but I’ve been reluctant to invest a lot of time and money in anything for him because he can be a little…well, picky. (Sorry babe!) These socks were the perfect thing though. I barely managed to finish them on Christmas eve and wrapped them up (their tails were still not woven in but in knitting I consider a gift finished if you can give it without its needles still attached). He loves them.
In only two weeks they are showing gentle signs of wear. I had not made socks in a while, two years actually, since I made a pair each for my parents for Christmas. My own first pair wore out prematurely and the memory of this still smarts—they were so beautiful. In hopes of saving these socks from a similar fate, I reinforced the heel and ankle with this thread. I hope it will work. The pattern is Knitting Pure and Simple’s Men’s Heavyweight Boot Sock—a good basic pattern. The yarn is Louet Gems worsted—my most recent favorite. It’s so nice to work with and has superb stitch definition. I am planning to have a pair on needles for him at all times now.
I tried to make a pair of gloves for Will but it did not work out. I really screwed up the fingers—there were large gaps in between each one. So I unraveled them and cast off to make a fingerless glove. It’s okay. Not sure if I will make the mate or not. Again, Louet Gems worsted.