You know that one person that is really difficult to gift? That’s my dad, and so as much as I love him, a part of me dreads every time Father’s Day and his birthday comes around because it is so difficult to figure out what to get him. This year I decided that knitted socks could be the solution.
I rarely knit socks for people whose feet are larger than my own (most of the large footed members in my family have never asked for knitted socks and both my brothers have stated they would not get use out of owning a pair of socks…crazy I know!), so I decided to play it safe by knitting plain socks (because vanilla socks work up faster than ribbed!). I was interested in TAAT (two at a time socks) and casted on toe-up socks using the detailed White Sandy Beach Socks pattern, but dealing with two socks at once was not my cup of tea, so I transferred one sock over to DPNs. I followed the pattern for the most part, and only excluded the cable detail and bound off using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was how much the Patons Kroy yarn (in Blue Striped Raglan) shed while knitting with it. I had more fluff on my pants and computer then when I usually spin with fiber!
In the end, I think my dad liked the socks. Or at least he was happy to receive them and said thanks. Which coming from my quiet dad, that’s more than enough to please the knitter in me.