Saturday, March 24, 2007

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    A woman might as well propose; her husband will claim she did.
    -Edgar Watson Howe

    Finally, all the very vocal advocates for handknit socks for the now-affianced beau (he thanks you, by the way) shall be gratified. May I present

    Engagement Socks
    Gentleman's Plain Winter Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks
    Yarn: Kathmandu Aran (silk, merino, cashmere)
    Needles: US 3 dpns (hey - big feet!)
    Notes: Obviously, I adjusted the pattern for gauge. I used an Aran weight on size 3s instead of fingering weight, so I used 60 sts instead of 80. They fit perfectly, and used just about 150g for his size 12 feet. They were a pretty quick knit, and mostly knit in front of the beau without him suspecting a thing.
    Best Thing About This Project: You know the beau was always asking when I was going to knit him socks. I always answered that he'd have socks when I had a ring. Well, the best thing about these socks was getting to give them to him!

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    Blogger Elinor said...

    WOOT! That's great! They look very comfortable on manly feet too!

    3/24/2007 3:37 PM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    Belated congratulations, Theresa! Gosh, do you really think you should have started with silk, merino and cashmere? What's wrong with a little wool & nylon and working his way up?

    3/24/2007 3:45 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    And now he shall have warm feet always. You know what they say about big feet...big heart, right?

    3/24/2007 4:05 PM  
    Blogger Abigail said...

    I am satisfied:D I knew that once you started to blog about him, that he was and is the one for you!

    May you share a long life of joy and hand knit socks together.

    BTW - that's a lot of socks if you think about it.

    3/24/2007 4:33 PM  
    Blogger Lori said...

    Nice socks for a patient guy :) They look great! You're such an obliging fiancee, I hope he thanked you sufficiently!

    3/24/2007 4:40 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congratulations to the Beau and his engagement socks.

    3/24/2007 5:00 PM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    Those look great! Our 12th anniversary is tomorrow, and sadly I have yet to knit him socks. I started some, they went to the frog pond, other things got in the have inspired me to go with bigger yarn and finally succeed!

    3/24/2007 9:28 PM  
    Blogger Jenny Raye said...

    Yay!!! The Beau has his socks and you have your ring. All is right in the world.

    3/25/2007 5:04 AM  
    Blogger Anneliese Kelly said...

    T, you know how I feel about this. Too soon! I may just wait until our 25th anniversary before knitting him something, and he long ago stopped asking...though that could be more a testament to my knitting talents than anything else.

    3/25/2007 8:16 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congrats on both the MANLY socks and the gorgous ring! I actually did do the intial proposal but hubby followed it up a few months later with a real proposal and a ring. I know you two will be very happy!

    3/25/2007 9:55 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Those look fantastic! I'm sure he was very pleasantly surprised that you had been working on them all along.

    I think exchanging gifts upon engagement is quite lovely. I gave my hubby a camera, and later a ring and proposal (he proposed first, but I figured he should have something too). A handmade gift is even better!

    3/25/2007 2:10 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The socks look great! High end yarn too, you must really be in love!

    Congrats on the zipper odyssey! Four hours this time, but the big learning curve hurdle is done and Rogue looks great. Much better than the toggle.

    3/25/2007 2:55 PM  
    Blogger carrie said...

    great work - i haven't knit the guy socks quite yet.

    3/25/2007 6:51 PM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    Perfect socks! Wow - you have a man with big feet! You know what that means!

    Big shoes!

    3/26/2007 10:38 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Fabulous socks! What a lovely gift. :)

    3/26/2007 5:23 PM  
    Blogger Molly said...

    The Blueberry Waffle Socks look like a fun but fairly mindless knit--some texture but not too much to be unmanly. As to yarn, Regia and Opal top the preferred yarn list at the Socks For Soldiers charity knitting group. They should work equally well for a sailor. Probably the Regia wool cotton or the lightweight 3 ply would be best for our Southern Califonia climate. Too bad the colors are so dull.

    3/27/2007 9:55 AM  
    Blogger Lorette said...

    Nice legs, too!

    3/28/2007 12:20 PM  

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