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Friday, February 23, 2007

manly man socks

Work on the big grey man socks continues apace. These are for the man with a 10 1/2 wide foot. Not gigantic, but significantly larger than my own women's 8 1/2 kinda narrow.

One sock has a heel, while one does not yet. I tried a new short row heel for these, the Priscilla Gibson-Roberts short row heel. I used the directions in the Simple Socks book. I had to think about these directions as I knit, as with any new technique, but I liked the result! There was no gap between the heel and the rest of the sock as I sometimes get with my wrapped stitch short row heels.

But, I still don't "get" this technique. As in, how does it work? Hopefully, I'll figure it out on sock #2!

Note to husband, when trying on handknit socks: The appropriate answer to "how does it fit" is not "fine". "Fine" implies not great, but acceptable. "Fine" means something isn't quite right, but you can live with it. "Fine" means I need to consider frogging. If you like how they fit -- and you said that you do! -- then "good", "great", "perfect", and "these are some bitchin' socks, babe" would all be acceptable.

(Sorry for the washed out photo. The choice was direct sunlight -- as seen above -- or fluorescent lighting in the office. I went outdoors.)

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  • How tall does he want those socks to be?!

    By Blogger Chris, at 8:49 PM  

  • They look fab so far! (definitely not "fine" - I think many husbands could stand a little instruction on the proper use of the word fine as well as the proper response to "how does it fit?" or "do you like it?" Sometimes I wonder if a translator between us wouldn't be useful)

    By Blogger Julie, at 7:41 AM  

  • i love the socks. they are such perfect "man socks" :) let's hope you bang them out before you begin to hate them (happened to me!)

    By Blogger gleek, at 9:56 AM  

  • They look great so far! That sounds like the usual husband response. With a little training, he may be able to get the right response down. ;)

    By Anonymous sydney, at 11:46 AM  

  • Try fitting GLOVES sometime. "This finger is too tight now, can you put it back the way it was?" ARGH!

    But your socks look great. I think there should be a medal (like the Olympic one) specifically for knitters who complete giant plain grey man-socks.

    Oh, and I get a headache every time I try to read Simple Socks, so you're not alone there.

    By Blogger Beth S., at 10:41 AM  

  • I had to laugh at your comment about your husband's "fine". They just don't get it, when I ask how they think something we knit is, we want true descriptive answers. We want enthusiasm, we just put 40 hours into the thing!

    By Anonymous Rebekah, at 3:14 PM  

  • Gibson-Roberts' short-row method is the only one that ever worked for me ... I just blindly follow instructions and try not to reason it out too much.

    By Blogger Ruth, at 6:52 AM  

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