I knit for my man quite a bit. He doesn't seem to mind. Two keys to getting a successful garment in the end: Let him pick the pattern. Let him pick the color. You'll end up knitting a lot in navy, brown and gray but he will wear all of it.
So I was a little surprised when he chose socks that were, um, lace. But manly lace. Not grandma-doily lace, but faux cables kind of lace. The butch kind of lace. Which is nice because cables can make a sock a bit bulky and heavy, and lace will do nothing but add some air conditioning. And it's only eyelets, it's not frilly at all.
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. The colorway is "Obsidian". It's 100% superwash merino. I used almost the entire skein for the pair.
It's a heavy fingering weight, which makes for fast knitting and dense, cushy socks. Comfort socks.
Here is the original pattern:
I did Cookie A's "Wanida" socks from "Sock Innovation", but modified them to be toe-up. Also, I did them two at a time. I also made the foot plain. It's hard to cram a patterned sock into a shoe, so I tend to make my foots plain, and leave the patterned part to where it can be seen on the cuff. Once I turned the heel, I started the lace charts as written. I finished these while we were on the road and I didn't have a darning needle for a stretchy sewn bind-off, so I taught myself the Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and now I don't need to do a sewn bind-off anymore.
These didn't take long at all to make- They were finished within two weeks. They will get tucked away for fall.
Ugh, excuse the crap pictures. I know I can do much better. I get super-lazy when it's sweltering out. I like to knit socks in summer since not a whole lot of wool will spill over and smother your lap with its warm wooliness. Trying to squeeze my sweaty pieds into them was a whole 'nother issue.
This is part of my A-Z stashdown challenge. Never you mind that I've moved on to the letter B before I finished spinning and knitting up some Alpaca. B is for Blue Moon Fiber Arts.