In the coming weeks as I show you the countless gifts I’ve knit for Christmas this year you may notice that I have knit nothing for my beloved hubby. This is not because he is unworthy of handknits. In fact, I would love to knit him something. The problem is that I have yet to find something to knit that he will wear or use. Sweaters — too hot. Hats, scarves, gloves, mittens — too hot except for maybe a few days each year, also too lose-able. He suggested a belt — which I may still try at some point — but I have my doubts he’ll actually wear it. So I was thinking socks, I mean he wears socks a lot of the time so I proposed the idea to him. Our conversation went something like…
I finally figured out what I can knit you!
What? You wear socks.
Yeah but I don’t really like [hand] knitted socks.
Oh, you’ve had them?
My grandmother made them and they never fit right and we’re itchy.
So after having my enthusiasm trampled I realized that probably, all of the issues he has with handmade socks are solvable. Now, I’ve never knit socks before so I’m not sure where to start. These are his issues:
- poor fit — I think this can probably be solved by proper measuring and trying on through the process. Also, I think a good pattern is essential here. Any suggestions?
- itchy-ness and overheating — Clearly I should not use wool. Do people make socks from silk or is that crazy? What other fiber would work?
- unattractiveness — I’m thinking something very neutral and subtle will be the best answer to this issue, maybe black, grey, and brown. I think pattern will play a part here too.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.