Friday, May 05, 2006

My Little Man-ly Socks

All this time I've been knitting for the wrong children.

My girls get lots of knitted things, hats, socks, sweaters.

I own an embarrassing amount of pink/purple sock yarn. I hoard little girl patterns. I have enough girly sweater patterns to keep my busy for years. All of my sweater designs in my head are for frilly little girl things.

And do my girls like me to knit for them?

Well, I was going to show all the pictures of Bird smiling in her hand-knitted garments, but there aren't any.

Pork Chop likes to be knitted for, but I've discovered someone who likes it more.

I don't know how I missed this.

In December of 2004 I made Meaty a roll-brim hat. It was blue camouflage acrylic yarn. Just a little hat. Took me a grand totoal of an hour to knit it. He wore it all winter. This year when we pulled out the winter hats he gravitated towards it and wore it all winter this year. It just barely comes to the top of his ears, yet he shuns all other hats and insists of stuffing his head into this poor hat. I don't know why I didn't realize he was wearing it because he wanted to, not because I was making him wear a hat.

Upon further reflection I realized that during dress-up he is always the one running around in an old knitted hat. There are plenty of other types of headgear in the dress-up box, but he likes the hats I made.

He likes my knitting.

So I knit him a pair of Manly Socks

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Pattern: Mine

Yarn: Knitpicks Sock Essential in Black, One Ball

Needles: 2 size 0 Addi Turbos

Modifications: I made them small. I took out two pattern repeats and made them tiny. Little socks are so cute.

Review: He couldn't wait to wear them while I was knitting them. He kept making me stop so he could try them on. After I had the toe finished and all I had left was the Kitchner stitch he tried them on and refused to give them back. He wanted to run around the house in them with the needles still clinging to the final 16 stitches. He's barely taken them off. They also barely fit. I made the leg width/length big so he could grow, and the foot width big, but it was a photo finish for yarn consumption and I barely had enough yarn to finish the toe. They just fit in the foot length-wise. When he outgrows them I may frog back and steal some yarn from the legs to make the foot longer, or buy another skein to lengthen the foot.

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There's something very nice about knitting for someone who loves it so much. I see more blue yarn in my future.


Kim said...

Must be nice! My boys lost both hats I knit them, even though they proclaimed their *lub* of my handiwork. Daddy bought them 99 cent hats from Walmart and told them that I would knit more hats if they didn't lose the cheapies. I think we have one!! LOL!

Oh and there isn't anything like knitting for someone who appreciates it :o)

Pyewacket said...

How gratifying! Perhaps I'll knit something for Yakko to see if he takes to it. Love the image of your little man running around with needles flapping about his toes. :-)

I'm knitting River Rapid socks too. It is a lovely pattern, isn't it?

shiguy4076 said...

I love that he likes your knitting. He's adorable.

shizzknits said...

Awwww, aren't boys sweet? :) My older DS always loves when I make him socks. He shows them off to everyone.