We can add forcing them to model sock pictures to the list.
I told my Dad and Stepmommy that I needed pictures of their socks and they sighed "Time to make some sock p*rn" as they dutifully put on their socks.
I am super sad to announce that the Tardis socks fit perfectly.
I used this pattern available as a free pattern download from Ravelry.
Sometimes color work can be less stretchy than straight knit stitch, so I really liked that this particular pattern increased the stitch count for the color work portions to help alleviate that problem. It also hid the decreases in the corners of the "boxes" which I thought was fairly clever.
The socks were knit with Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn.
Which is always fun to knit with.
As you can see it says "Police Box" not "Police BCX"
So this is an all around win.
Except for the part where I selflessly gave these beautiful Tardis socks to my Dad. I'm actually a little surprised he was able to get the socks on the plane to return home, there was quite a list of people plotting to steal them out from under him (Pork Chop, Bird, Me, Half my knitting group)
And then to keep my humble my Dad made me take a picture of the sole of his sock
In my defense we'd had company for a week and we'd been too busy swimming and eating and having fun to bother with things like vacuuming the tile floors.
He's just making sure I keep things real around here.
In an unrelated note, I've started a second blog, which is simply insanity, I can barely keep up with this one. But I've been thinking about this for a long time, and after some strong urging from The Greatest I've finally taken the plunge. I considered dovetailing the subject matter of my second blog with this blog, but ultimately decided to separate the two. This blog will continue to be the wonderful mess of knitting and family it has always been, and Life with Lily will be more specifically tales of Lily, Down syndrome, advocacy. If you enjoy it feel free to share. The more people who read and love Lily the more we can change hearts and minds about Down syndrome. I know I'm taking a risk putting so much of my heart and child on line. The internet, and world in general, is full of ugly people, but I think the risk is worth the potential benefits.