Here are your rotten cantaloupe halves!

Well, it was an emergency situation. Later I called my mom, and double-checked – is dad wearing his wool socks against his bare skin? Or does he wear a cotton pair underneath, which get washed once in a while?

Nope, all barefoot, every night, same pair of socks, and he doesn’t let my mom wash them. Ever. Damn.

I felt a little bit guilty – here I am, knitting all these socks for my grandma, and have only mustered one pair for my dad! In my defense, until this weekend he violently objected to any suggestion of a second pair. You should have seen the look on his face when I showed him the sock-in-progress back in the beginning of January – it was as though I was suggesting he prance around in rotten cantaloupe halves!

Fine, dad, we can play games. In this case, your stinky socks won and you were forced to reveal your cards – you do want another pair. And I’m happy to pull out all stops and make it happen quickly ;).

Pattern: Gentleman’s Sock with Lozenge Pattern from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in charcoal (16ns), 2 skeins.

Needles: set of 5 Inox dpns, US 0 (2 mm).

Modifications: I know it sounds small, but I worked these socks over 60 sts, with the ribbed cuff being worked over 72 sts. Judging by how they fit on my feet, these should work well for my dad. I also subbed short-row heels and toes.

Some thoughts: This is the fifth pair of Nancy Bush socks that I’ve knit, and I know it’s not the last. Even patterns for more simple designs like these socks are well thought out – they are as easy to follow as they are to modify. Knitting with black yarn is very challenging – I have good eyesight, but it was still so hard to see the stitches. I found that knitting with my Ott-lite directly over the black fabric helped. And to think that the first lace project I tried (unsuccessfully) was using black fingering-weight yarn!


37 thoughts on “Here are your rotten cantaloupe halves!

  1. Eva

    Gorgeous socks!!! Bet your mom will be happy that she’ll be able to wash that other pair LOL.

    I have a question for you: where do you buy the “plain” Lorna’s Laces yarns? All I’ve ever seen in online shops (the only ones available to me) are the overdyed yarns.

    Cheers Eva

    (sweetpea at sweet-p dot net)

  2. Lisa

    They turned out so nice! Your dad is going to love them. Nancy Bush patterns are wonderful. I’m going to buy Vintage Socks as soon as I can!

    I just finished a pair of Whitbys from Knitting on the Road and they are great!

  3. Laura

    Great socks! I think the patterns from that book are wonderful. I had a chance to flip through it this weekend.

    I hope your dad will be willing to alternate socks instead of wearing them both at the same time.

  4. Chris

    They’re gorgeous! I’m glad you were able to finish them so quickly in order to deal with that vaguely horrifying emergency situation…

  5. Stephanie

    An emergency handled well by the knitting genius of our own Grumperina. I’m glad your dad will have clean wool socks for his feet (and that your mom will be able to wash the first pair). I really like the pattern – and the black looks great for a masculine sock.

  6. Carrie

    OMG, the sock story is TOO funny, it’s still cracking me up. I can totally relate (although you might suggest he wear them in the shower and hand-wash them himself).

    The new ones are lovely too. I think I’m going to have to get that book for myself. Lovely job, and I can’t wait to see the oatmeal ones you do for him.

  7. Theresa

    I’m on a quest to knit every Nancy Bush sock pattern in the world. She is amazing. Awesome. Fabulous. I’m more than halfway through Knitting on the Road, and now I’m jazzing it up with Knitting Vintage Socks. The fun just never ends!

  8. Laura

    That’s it. I’m ordering that book TODAY. I cannot wait ANY longer! I love these socks and every pair I’ve ever seen made from that book. I’m in awe that you finished them SO FAST on size 0 needles!

  9. freecia

    You may have to convince him that sock yarn doesn’t melt away once it hits water.

    Yet again, another beautifully perfect pair of socks. Sock on!

  10. Joelene

    This is the exact pair I have book marked for my dad. Although he is a gentlemen, his feet are not quite a dainty. did you have to modify the pattern any? Do you think I could get away with just upping the needle size.

    Why am I so lost when it comes to mens socks!

  11. Barb outside Boston

    Great socks–when I had read the last post, my husband asked me “What’s so funny about a knitting blog?“. I’m so glad your dad is getting a 2nd (& 3rd) pair.

    And Nancy Bush is GREAT! Her patterns are clearly written (& tested!–I’m going back over your grandma’s shawl journey) and the BEST thing is–you can go to her website (Wooly West) and get just the right yarn–from HER! She is so nice and you can even hear her dogs in the background!

  12. nikki

    Wow, I wish I knit socks with your speed. I’m still working along on my first pair. I’ve looked at that Nancy Bush book several times. One of these days, I’m going to quit being a cheapskate I’m going to buy it. I want Knitting On The Road, too.

  13. Janice in GA

    So you worked the cuff over 72 sts and the leg of the sock over 60 sts for your dad’s foot? And you were using size 0 needles? Just curious — does he have small feet? I ask because I recently made some socks for me. I was using the new Austermann sock yarn with aloe and jojoba, over 64 sts on size 1 needles, and they just barely fit. I’m not normally a very tight knitter. I’m just wondering what you’re doing different from what I’m doing…

  14. Beth S.

    I can’t begin to fathom a pair of fingering weight man’s socks worked over only 60 stitches. It creates a short circuit in my brain. But they look mahvelous, dahling!

  15. Wanda

    I’m glad your dad is getting a new pair of socks. Especially happy for your poor Mom who’s had to sleep next to him with stinky feet! Yikes, those old socks will need a couple of washings. I hope you will be making more socks for him.

  16. Angelia

    The socks are beautiful. I haven’t tried any of Nancy Bush’s patterns yet – I am currently knitting my 1st pair of socks (which are from the Magic Loop booklet).

    I’m glad your Dad will finally have some clean socks to wear. 🙂 That story is too sweet!

  17. Silke

    The difference

    I knit a beautiful pair of socks for my dad and he NEVER wears them. in fact, he didn´t even try them on (cause he don´t intends to wear them…). I guess he stores them in a kind o shrine or wears them late at night in the attic while thinking of his little daughter far, far away – at least I hope he does something to appreciate this socks…

    So – at least you know your dad LOOOOVES his socks and their maker 😉

  18. Karma

    Lucky dad! Thankfully, your grateful family members are starting to tell you what they would like. Take some of the guesswork out, yay! On to oatmeal socks for dad?

  19. Jenn

    I’m so late for this post, but I’m catching up on blogs. Have you ever heard the black socks song? One of my ex boyfriends used to sing it to crack me up, and it so fits here…

    “Blaaaaaack socks,

    they never get dirty,

    the longer you wear them,

    the stronger they get.

    Soooometimes I think I should wash them,

    but something inside me says,

    Not yet, not yet, not yet..”

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