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Massive Man Socks

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I present to you the massive socks I made for hubby.  No, friends, this is not an illustration of knitting blind… I took measurements, did the math, and casted on.  These socks are a perfect fit – up to and including the square toe.  He gladly wore them this winter, and they have washed rather well.

Massive Man Socks - Toby shows scale

Massive Man Socks - Toby shows scale

As I wrote yesterday, he asked for 100% wool & straight black.  In all honesty, these turned out to be the most expensive socks I’ve ever seen.  It was the only full-on black sock yarn at Lettuce Knit – we did ask if they thought 1 skein alone would do.  Had to go back for more.  In terms of knitting,  the yarn feels great & is true to name with the smooshiness.  But.  After even a few stitches the dye stained my hands.  I was knitting en route to work, and the black marks would not do.  I swallowed my pride, and re-purposed a white cloth glove (came with hand lotion) to avoid the marks.  This one started the most conversations in the history of my knitting in public.  Women just could not resist asking who had such a big foot, and why I loved him so much…

On top of the sheer size, the black was very monotonous to knit.  There’s a slight variation in hue thanks to the handpainting but it was totally mind-numbing.   He does love (and wear) his first (last?) handknit socks, so all in all they were worth it!

Author: iriegemini

Lara lives in the Greater Toronto Area with N, their young son, T, and Melly cat. Starting with knitting as a newcomer from Kingston, Jamaica, Lara learned to spin, prepare fibre, dye & weave. A spindle is usually close to hand.

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