Lest you think that the only thing I accomplished in January was list generating, allow me to disabuse you of this notion. I did, in fact, get quite a bit of crafting done. While the quilting last month was haphazard with not an iota of focus, the knitting, surprisingly, was extremely focused. So I finished a pair of socks. Don't be too impressed. They were started during the middle of last year, with the intention of finishing them for a Christmas giveaway; but, then I got involved in the whole real estate game involving the buying and selling of houses and, well, you know the rest of it.
In any case, socks. They aren't fancy. After receiving the Lichen Rib socks last year, Special K commented that "handknit socks are, actually kind of nice...and if [I'd] like to make more, they would be perfect for shoveling snow." While most knitters would take this as an affront to their mad knitting skillz ("You want socks to shovel snow? In handknit socks?! Handknit socks are to be put upon feet to be admired! Oh, woe!"), or what have you, I take it as a compliment, because my significant other is nothing, if not practical. It is rare that he is ever in want of anything frivolous. Kitsch is not part of his vernacular. If the item can not be deemed "utilitarian" in some way, it's a thing that Special K neither wants or needs.
One would think that my tendency to hoarde raw materials of the craft variety could drive this man, who I deem Special, to hysteria; but, he is really supportive and somewhat enabling when it comes to me and my accumulation of all that is various and sundry, as he is a subsciber to the "happy wife, happy life" philosophy of marriage. It's true. So, that being said, the very least I could do was knit the man some socks for Christmas his birthday. I finished them with time to spare really.
I used Nancy Bush's "Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock" pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. My only modification was to eliminate that purl stitch down the center of the back of the leg that seems so prevalent in vintage knitted hosiery. The yarn, in case you were wondering--and, you know you were--is the Black Olive colorway in Hello Yarn sock yarn dyed by Adrian Bazilia. The socks are perfect in every way from color to fit. And I think this will likely be my go-to pattern when knitting socks for K because the man knows what he likes and he likes these socks (and so do I, those are my feet, by the way--while too big on me, the socks are a perfect fit for K).