Thursday, June 07, 2007

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    Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom
    never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.

    -Ogden Nash

    Do you want to feel sorry for my (afianced) beau? My birthday last year fell approximately three weeks after our first date. Quite a lot of pressure for a new love - apparently it took him more than an hour to pick out a card! And then I got lucky . . . months and months and months to prepare for his birthday. Want to feel even more sorry for him? He's on call on his birthday. (And it looks like I'll be on call in the MICU on mine.) It means a girl has to be a little creative in planning birthday fun.

    Want to stop feeling sorry for my beau? Not only did he get the video iPod he wanted so much (he goes to Best Buy like I go to yarn shops), he also gets a pair of handknit socks. There are advantages to a birthday that falls after our relationship is so much more established . . .
    Retro Rib Socks
    Pattern: Interweave Knits and Favorite Socks
    Yarn: Koigu in Gray Mix
    Needles: my favorites - US 1 Brittany Birch 5" dpns
    Notes: The only mod I made was to add an extra 8 stitch repeat. The pattern claims that they are stretchy - and they are - but not quite stretchy enough for a US12 (men's). Also, don't they look great in the varigated yarn?
    Best Thing About This Project: Do you even have to ask?
    Happy Birthday, Beau! Here's to the first of many together.

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    20 Comments:

    Anonymous Cara said...

    Lovely socks! I give you a lot of credit knitting for your man. My boy has size 13s. Even with a sportweight I just don't think I can do it. Happy Birthday Beau!

    6/07/2007 7:43 AM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    Happy Birthday to the Beau.

    Play your cards right and that will just be the first of many, many more and you may even score a sweater one day ;-)

    6/07/2007 7:46 AM  
    Anonymous nova said...

    Lucky beau! The socks are great, out of curiousity, how many skeins did you use for the size 12 men's socks?

    6/07/2007 7:53 AM  
    Blogger Karen said...

    What an awesome birthday present! I'm sure he'll love them!

    6/07/2007 7:57 AM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    Very nice! Happy Birthday Beau!

    6/07/2007 8:10 AM  
    Blogger Margene said...

    He's a smart man, and a lucky one, (on so many levels), too!

    6/07/2007 8:42 AM  
    Anonymous Marisa said...

    So sweet!

    6/07/2007 9:44 AM  
    Blogger Janelle said...

    Those socks are great. Really beautiful. Favorite Socks is going to be my next book purchase, for sure. Happy birthday to your guy!

    6/07/2007 10:22 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Very nice socks! I love the colors in that Koigu. (Um, patternworks just might have it on sale in case the beau needs more Koigu socks - it could totally be a birthday present for him - the promise of more socks to come.)
    Happy birthday Beau!

    6/07/2007 10:29 AM  
    Blogger Nonnahs said...

    Great socks! Happy b-day to Beau (who, BTW, I don't feel sorry for at all- he is one lucky guy)!

    6/07/2007 10:48 AM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    Lucky, lucky beau! I'm so glad you're marrying a man who likes homemade socks!!! They're beautiful!

    6/07/2007 11:28 AM  
    Anonymous Carrie K said...

    Happy Birthday, Beau!

    Those Retro Ribs are tres cool. And that Regia yarn would make killer Jaywalkers.

    6/07/2007 11:50 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Wish the beau happy birthday from us! Those are some mighty nice socks he's getting (and the iPod is nice too). :)

    6/07/2007 3:25 PM  
    Blogger Dorothy said...

    Happy Birthday Beau! Yep, she's really serious about you now - she's knitting for you at last!!

    6/07/2007 5:25 PM  
    Blogger Liz K. said...

    My hubby loves the handknit socks -- and I have found an awesome new yarn for the man sock -- Brooks Farm Acero. Check it out -- wool, silk, viscose -- very nice for a dressier sock.

    6/07/2007 6:01 PM  
    Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

    Those retro ribs are so sweet, you're motivating me to finish mine!

    6/07/2007 9:36 PM  
    Anonymous Emily said...

    Happy Birthday to him! The socks are great - I love the stitch pattern.

    6/08/2007 5:38 AM  
    Blogger Wool Winder said...

    The yarn color is perfect!

    6/08/2007 5:59 AM  
    Anonymous Dad said...

    I now know why I haven't received any socks in the last year. Christmas and Birthday came and went. Replaced by a guy with a uniform.
    Happy Birthday James, the first of many with us.

    6/08/2007 2:00 PM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    Ooh, loving both the colorway and the pattern. Especially together. A perfect marriage of the two, you might say. :)

    6/20/2007 6:45 PM  

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