Papa Socks

Holey Sock

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!
Really, what?
Socks!
Hmmm…
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.

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7 Responses to “Papa Socks”


  1. 1 martha December 12, 2006 at 7:26 am

    I have one of those husbands too. I finally just resolved myself to NOT knitting him anything, and now I have more time to knit for me:)
    There are some nice cotton/wool blend sock yarns. I think for a good fit, you need something with a little stretch, and silk and also cotton don’t really have much stretch.
    Good luck.

  2. 2 Papa Urchin December 12, 2006 at 10:11 am

    It’s not that I’m an ogre, I’m just built like one. I just don’t need that much warmth.

    BTW: That picture was totally staged. I think she even cut the hole in the sock, I would never let my toe stick out.

  3. 3 Mama Urchin December 12, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Who lets this guy comment? Seriously though, the photo was staged but the hole is real.

  4. 4 Papa Urchin December 12, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    shhh, my mother reads this site and she would be appalled.

  5. 5 laura December 12, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    i think a ribbed pattern would solve some of the fit issues, especially if you continue the rib on the instep.

    there are cotton sock yarns, or at least partially cotton sock yarns. sockotta is one. and also cascade fixation, which has a little lycra, also addressing the fit issue. don’t know if they have suitably manly colors, though; i haven’t checked for that.

  6. 6 mom December 12, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    why would I be appalled – I know Stefan! …he probably cut the hole 🙂 Jen – I don’t knit for Stefan’s dad for the same reasons.

  7. 7 Cassie December 13, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Hee Hee. I can so see Stefan with a hole in his socks! I hope ya’ll have a great Christmas.


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