Welcome to Dullsville

Oh look.

It’s a big brown sock.  It’s a very nice big brown sock, but it is a big brown sock and there’s not much more to say about that. (Thoughtfully, I have photographed it in the kitchen rather than the dining room, just to break up the monotony from yesterday’s picture.)  Sadly, finish-it-up-itis has fled the scene, leaving me totally recovered and dreaming of shiny new knits – but I can’t do anything about that, because it’s me and the sock. Forever. Apparently.

This sock is stuck, and it isn’t even really challenging, I can’t type some funny story about how it’s jerking me around or the pattern has attitude or I mis-counted and ended up in a world of hurt. Nope. Me. Big Brown. I mean it is a really huge sock, ’cause Joe is a refrigerator of a man, but still – this is getting stupid. I knit and knit, and we’re going on together into the sunset of another day.  I feel like even though I’m spending all my free time on this thing… it’s still never finis- oh, wait.  I think I just figured it out.  No free time.  (Note to self: actual knitting is never accomplished without actual knitting time.) If I can meet my Sock Summit work goals and my Sock Camp work goals and my writing work goal today then maybe I’ll make it out of here to Knit Night tonight, and perhaps that’ll break the wee bastard.  (Don’t get on me for calling the sock a bastard either.  I have it on good authority the skeins it’s born of were not married. That’s the technical definition, and this brown sock of perpetuity meets it.)

In the meantime, I wouldn’t get really excited about tomorrow being better.
Big. Brown. Sock.

(Secondary note to self: If I am ever in a spouse choosing position again, I am going to remember this.  It is just as easy to love a small man as a large one.)

(Note to you: Stop it. You have a dirty mind.)

206 thoughts on “Welcome to Dullsville

  1. ::::looking around for a refrigerator of a man, actuallly::::
    Good luck with the sock. I have size six feet, and it’s hard enough to finish my own socks!

  2. Take an item and place it on a smaller body and it looks bigger. I’m just sayin.

  3. I feel your pain. While my son who wears a size 11 shoe loves handpainted socks, the one who takes a 13 wide will only wear solid, traditional, conservative boy-color socks.
    If I ever re-marry at this late date, I’ll just check the sock size first (knitting big huge sweaters is OK, because they don’t wear out and how many does any one man need?) but I would advise any woman who might be contemplating reproduction to take the gentleman’s hat size into consideration. I don’t mind having to knit huge hats, and like to think there must be huge brains in that big head, but giving birth would have been easier had the little darlings been smaller around the noggin. Just sayin.

  4. I would say, that maybe the sock was doomed from the start, big sock, in a month that shorted you days. It’s not your fault, it is February’s fault. I bet if February was a normal number of days, you would have finished the big sock a long time ago. Not your fault.

  5. Wait, wait — I thought when y’all visited the lighthouse he saw some socks in worsted wool and wanted some. You mean to say he wasn’t “converted??”

  6. The socks are handsome, as is your husband and I can hardly wait to see them on him (I know it will be a challenge to get photos, but we expect you to do it, we really do). Stick with it. Actually, I’m married to a 6′ tall man with ridiculously tiny hands and feet, but he doesn’t like handknitted socks–too scratchy, even when made with merino, so I’m envious that you have a man to knit socks for.

  7. You will escape from Brown-sock-dom. Any bets it will be finished by tomorrow fellow people of The Blog? I fall on the finished side of that bet. Have a good time at Knit Night. You need the break from all those goals. Then tomorrow you can go into the stash and pick out the March sock. (Not a sock intended for Joe!)

  8. My chosen man has teeny tiny feet (same size as mine, actually), and prefers worsted socks to fingering weight.
    I win at life!
    I am in Brown Shawl territory right now, though, so I can totally sympathize.

  9. “Refrigerator of a man” – that is the best phrase I’ve heard all day. I’m going to keep rolling it around in my brain for when I need a smile. Good luck with Big Brown!

  10. If it makes you feel any better, your post just made my day. At least one of us is getting some amusement out of the sock…?

  11. Oh, I’m with you! Although my brown sock is less big (and it’s mine) but the thought of picking it up again is just depressing. I actually sigh when I look at it. Maybe it’s the color brown??

  12. I guarantee that if you come out to Stitch N Bitch tonight that sock will be done before you’re back home. Guaranteed!

  13. Yeah, this is why I don’t knit much for my brothers. They are two of my favorite people on the planet; I adore them. But at 6’4″ and 6’7″ (with one of them built like a linebacker) knitting for them would kill me.
    They get hats and scarves. But I don’t even venture into socks (Men’s size 15 is just.not.right) because the pretty pattern you are doing right now would be too fancy for them. They wouldn’t wear anything but a plain rib.
    I’m expecting my nephews to be this big too so I’m knitting a lot for them now to express wooly love. Sometime around puberty I’ll throw up my hands.

  14. Oh, that last line made me ROFL. But yeah, never kntting socks for my dad: US12 (mens) double wide feet :P

  15. I have a question. It looks like the toe on the first sock isn’t grafted shut. Am assuming you’ll do it eventually but was curious if there is a reason you wait.

  16. I have size 11 wide feet. So I’m used to knitting fairly big socks. One time I knit a pair for my friend with size 6.5 feet, and it was astonishing how little time it took. Astonishing!

  17. Thank you Meagan and Denny for helping our dear Harlot to get Big Brown done.Watch her she might just see kit or some yarn that takes her into orbit . Good luck to you all

  18. I feel lucky that the man for whom I knit socks prefers them ankle length and brightly colored. This also means that I can get both hubby socks out of a standard skein, but I do have to actually knit them. I have not yet figured out how to knit with the power of my brain alone.
    Hang in there!

  19. Good on you for still knitting on it. I know you like browns, but this sounds like it is not a Harlot Brown. But this means that the next socks will be a riot of color, right?

  20. I would venture to say, if the sight of what Tim Roth does to my 5’10″ self, it might even be EASIER to love a small man. ;-) (what do you think he is, 5’5″ on a stepstool maybe?)

  21. Well, I didn’t have a dirty mind…’til you said THAT. :-) On another note, I actually think it’s quite a nice-looking sock. I love the pattern. I’m working on the Lake Effect Socks, and decided no to continue the pattern down the foot. Seeing how nice it looks on yours, though, I’m wondering if that was a mistake. Hope you make it to Knit Night. I’m missing my Spinning Guild tonight, and that really stinks.

  22. It looks like you’ve put off grafting the toe on the first sock. Is there a reason for that, or is that the way you usually do it?

  23. Any chance Joe would consider the yoga sock as an alternative? It would certainly save you on those pesky heels and toes though, admittedly, they are the most fun.

  24. Hee, “refrigerator of a man”! – mine is 6’2″ with size 14EEEE feet. His shoes could double as aircraft carriers. Taking a cue from MST3K’s “Space Mutiny”, I often call him Big McLargehuge.
    It is no coincidence I have only ever knit him one pair of socks…. though thankfully he’s not afraid of colors, so at least the yarn for that one pair was a really pretty green/blue ombre and a cool Viking cable pattern.
    But your brown socks are really, really handsome! And it looks like you’re easily within two or so pints of Guinness of finishing?

  25. To break up the monotony here are two interesting facts. It is Daniel Craig’s birthday. It is banana cream pie day.
    The possibilities boggle my mind.

  26. I married a guy who is 6’4″. I feel your pain. That pain is magnified when it is in knit in brown. All I know is I have advised my daughters to think carefully about who they marry. :-)

  27. It may seem to you as though the sock is going on forever but it looks to me as though you are making progress. But then, I’m a wee tad slower at knitting than you are so I’m no judge…

  28. I did have to scroll down to find the last line. Unfortunately, my mind had already gone there……

  29. My husband wants a hand-knit sweater REALLY BAD. I have seen how he treats his clothing and am not really inclined to grant this wish.
    However, in a moment of weakness, I did make the comment that I was not knitting a 2X sweater for anyone.
    He lost 50 lbs. and now can wear a Medium, Large at the most. Fortunately, he has not recalled that comment…

  30. This is so not helping cast on some lovely soft Malabrigo BROWN yarn for my husband with Size 13 feet.
    Usually he gets one sock for one holiday….the other for the next holiday….(father’s day…birthday…Xmas…) there are some lovely colored variegated yarns that would be so much more fun…..but he like Joe likes mostly plain socks. You have my heartfelt empathy on this!

  31. My husband might not be a refrigerator, but he definitely has rectangular solids for feet (emphasis on solid). My measurements were 12x10x12 (measuring near the ball of the ankle) if I’m remembering correctly. In inches. So, 30x25x30 for the sensible rest of the world!

  32. I also have a tall and big footed husband. He’s not so big around the chest but also has no desire for me to knit him a jumper in fact the only thing he will accept knits wise is socks…enormous sock…enormous and as plain as possible socks. Oh my.

  33. Making socks for my husband takes forever. He too has size 12 EEE feet. He, however, is only a small refridgerator size.

  34. Started knitting socks for my FIL last year ( he’s 92) He likes dark plain colors, brown, navy charcoal, no pattern Knitted 3 pairs already size 12… You would think he has enough of them, no . Everytime we chat , he mentions how he loves those socks and wears them all-the-time. I told him that the next pair may have some lime green stripes.

  35. I too am married to a refrigerator of a man, but luckily he likes thick, manly socks (like Perfect yarns)….. not that I’m ever going to give him the chance to wear something in fingering weight (that could be catastrophic….)
    The irony that I knit him socks that look exactly like cheap work socks is not lost on me, however!
    Now if I could only work up the nerve to start his sweater……

  36. When I see Big. Brown. Sock. and Big Brown Sock. All I can think of is the easy reader book Big Brown Bear who bikes backwards with a blue bull, a beautiful baboon blowing bubbles and eventually, after bonking into buster brown’s baseball bus, pops baby birds balloon.

  37. Look, look! You’re past the heel!! Go go go go go go get a banana cream pie!–er sorry ;)

  38. February is a short month, so if you are two days knitting behind, then these socks are right on time. (If you finish at knit night tonight.)

  39. Hmmm, maybe next time you are pairing up the socks and the months you could make sure Joe’s socks fall in one of the 31 day months not the shortest one?
    And though it is big and brown and seemingly endless it really is a lovely pair of socks. I think my man would like that pattern himself.

  40. My husband, dad, and both little brothers are a size 11 or larger. I feel your pain. I even have a specific, self-written, toe up pattern in my files for big-footed guys because of them.

  41. at least your husband will wear a sock with a pattern. mine (who has EEEE wide feet) will only wear plain socks.
    p.s. am i the only person on the planet who didn’t understand your comment about dirty minds? (and no, i probably don’t want an explanation–with my luck, my advisor would stop by just as i’m reading it. :) )

  42. I say teach Joe how to know and let him knit is own socks! LOL I am lucky to be married to a man with normal size 8 feet who doesn’t care if I make him socks or not. Love my man!

  43. Some socks are cursed. Maybe that is the reason this pair is taking forever. My 6’3″ big foot decided he was short of summer socks this last (southern hemisphere) summer and after knitting 6 pairs of Lang Jawoll cotton socks non-stop, the seventh pair has definitely languished – also at the heel of the second sock. I kitchener both toes at the same time, too – no special reason.
    Good luck with getting these done before your summer. Thankfully, we are now in autumn and it’s time for those deliciously-fat 6 ply yarns.

  44. You know where you are, don’t you? You’re in the knitting black hole! Any second now you will look down and the sock will be seven inches past where you should have stopped!

  45. I once saw an interview with a retiring porn star. When asked if she wanted to get married and if she had any specific wants in a man she said “a small man. With nice hair” and she wasn’t talking about how tall he was!

  46. Knit for me feet only 8 ins long Seriously! And I don’t fall over too often and when I do it’s either because I’m not looking where I’m going cos I’m knitting or I may have had a glass of wine.
    Socks – big brown and neverending – will be wonderful – someday! x

  47. Oh do I feel your pain, sister! Why did I pick a husband with such big feet? But, at least I have one that requests and appreciates handknit socks and will accept ones that are not deadly dull. (Brown/white/navy/maroon self striping yarn)

  48. I broke up with a small-ish man (5’6″, size 8 feet) to date and eventually marry a 6’1″, 54+ inch chest, size 13 feet man. I am 100% certain that I made the right choice there, but some days….

  49. What kind of needles are those? I’ve never seen any like them in any yarn shop in Oregon.
    Please do get your Sock Summit homework done…I’m chomping at the bit to see the classes and teachers.

  50. My darling has a pair of 15EEE feet. They are truly huge. Knitting a pair of socks for him is an undertaking. And just everything about him is also – well let’s just say generous. But it also means that his heart matches up to everything else. My dear old Dad, who was 6’9″, used to say that his feet were so big because they needed to be to keep him from tipping over in a strong wind.

  51. Sometimes a sock just needs a day or two away from the knitter. It’s amazing how a little time apart helps.

  52. While I do empathize with you for having to knit a pair of mucking huge socks, I really can’t feel sorry for you. This is my sock knitting every day of the year. I wear a size 13 A women’s, my husband wears a size 12 EEEE, and my 10 year old son wears a men’s 9, and is starting to wear some of my older socks that have shrunk a bit too much for me to wear.
    Though, right now I’m working on socks for a friend with a normal size 9 women’s. It’s odd starting to decrease for the toe so early.

  53. You probably don’t remember that when I first came to one of your book-signing events I knit in your presence on socks I had been working on for six months. And they weren’t even big. I finished them eventually. I have faith in you: you are a way faster knitter than I am, and unless I’m missing something you haven’t even been working on the BBS for six *days*.

  54. I have a ladies size 6.5 feet (something like 36-37 euro). Joe’s socks are like equivalent of two to three socks for me. So, really, you just finished like two pairs of socks in my world!

  55. Being, as I am, at the beginning of month 4(!) of The Vest From Hell, I feel your big brown pain. Here’s the wisdom I’ve gathered: They all end eventually. I hope.

  56. The once-wee man-child in my house now has size 15 feet, still growing (At 16 years), and prefers handknit socks. How can I not indulge him? At least he likes interesting color patterns, usually ones he designs himself!

  57. My son (size 14 shoes) was referred to yesterday as a man-bear. I’m about half way through a second sock as well (only plain colors, mom), but at least he is happy the first one is done. So far no sweater request…..You’ll make it, Stephanie, and so will I.

  58. YOU MUST GO TO KNIT NIGHT!! It will refresh you and you’ll be better able to continue you tasks!

  59. What you need is to knit a sock for a man with size 13 feet after you’ve adapted the pattern to use a larger than recommended size needle. Then you find that the first sock is way too baggy so, you cast on sock 2 on the recommended needles and start off again. And yes, my pattern is also boring.

  60. I would like to state for the record that my ex had tiny little elven feet. It made it quite satisfying to knit a pair of socks for him, they were done so quickly! But he’s the ex nevertheless.

  61. It looks like you are almost there. You’ll make it. I have to say it is encouraging for me to know that you get tired and bored with some patterns too. I am currently working on a double knit baby blannket for my daughter. It is taking FOREVER. You are my inspiration.

  62. I hear you, last year I knit a pair of socks for my brother in law…he has size 13 feet and he is 18 inches taller than I am..That means that his socks took almost 2 full skeins of sock yarn…I didn’t think I would ever finish, but he loves them.
    His socks were at my knees…LOL

  63. Having just introduced my own big hairy Chewbacca of a man to the joy of handknitted socks, I feel your pain. I’m knitting the Green Sock of Infinity. Damn that man has big feet.

  64. I figured those socks were for Joe, since they’re big and not an exciting colour (although there’s nothing wrong with brown. There are many good things that are brown. Like chocolate, coffee, brownies…) You know, lots of men knit. Maybe Joe could take up sock knitting? Lastly, I did not have any dirty thoughts. Well, maybe just a little bit.

  65. At least he loves them and wears them. I did one pair for my guy and they are nice but they’re not those awful nylon black socks and he won’t wear them. Sometime when you don’t have a subject for the blog would love to see your 12 favorite patterns so I can do a year of socks like you; but they would be for people who would wear them!

  66. I come from a family of tall big people. I have size 11 feet, my mum had size 13, her brother size 14 and one of her nephews size takes size 15. None of the men in the family are under 6 feet tall (unless they are under twelve years old). When refering to all our big feet, my grandpa used to say that ‘Robertson’s have a good grip on the earth’. And I love the term ‘refrigerator of a man’ that ‘s brilliant. In OZ we used to refer to a big tall man as ‘built like a brick outhouse’… only sometimes we used a less polite term for ‘outhouse’.

  67. I feel you. My brother has size 11, Hubs is size 12 and my Father-in-law is size 14, all of who like plain, boring, neverending socks…heh

  68. I envy all you small footed people. My own feet are 10.75″ (27cm roughly) long and 12″ (30.5cm) around, my ankles are 13″ (33cm) so socks are not really that high on my knitting list. Especially since it is so hard to find shoes that fit that I can only wear thin socks and can’t cheat with sport weight or heavier yarn.
    We will not discuss my tragic love of knee high or taller socks and my 24″ (61cm) calves. :(

  69. There’s no issue here with the use of the word “bastard” – the issue I’ve got is with the modifier “wee” – seems to be a bit inaccurate dear.

  70. What happened the with Kusha Kusha sweater? Maybe getting back to that with a clear conscience could be a motivator

  71. I’m in the middle of a big blue sock myself so I totally sympathize. I could have had two pair of my own for the amount of knitting that is going into one pair for him!

  72. I do think you might find yourself charmed by the garter stitch gusset. I am.

  73. It’s all about the needles…you have THOSE NEEDLES in those socks. Color Metal POINTY signatures. Concentrate on those needles. And what a lovely man those socks are for ;-) Good luck finding some knitting time!

  74. Big. Blue/Black. Sock. I completely understand but what else is there to think about in the doldrums of the sock sea?

  75. Here’s a theory. Maybe it’s harder to stick with a project when it’s such a… quiet color. If it were an exciting shade of green! or purple! or some jiggly, dancing hand-dyed combination! tben it might tend to keep your attention. :)

  76. Only slightly ironic that you’re deep in the planning for Sock Summit and the Sock Retreat, all the while cursing the sock you rode in on.

  77. Yes I was happy once too knitting away on Turtlegirl’s Breaking Hearts socks and then a little ditty named “Lenore” came by…

  78. This post is totally what I needed after arseing up not one but two knits at my own knit night last night!!

  79. I too am finishing up February socks. However, I think I am going to run out of yarn. I have never run out of yarn. Is this like laundry soap where the container is the same size, but there is less of it? I didn’t look at yardage. It’s a brand I use all the time. It starts with LL.
    grrr…. at least you have enough yarn.

  80. Knit faster!! (Truthfully, you’re the faster knitter I’ve seen, so I don’t know if that’s possible!)

  81. C’mon, that picture looks like it’s almost done. Hang in there: you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

  82. You need to have an endurance mentality. Just keep knitting. Every once in awhile, look at the ball of yarn – it’s getting smaller! You’ll get there. Men, and their big feet!

  83. I think the phrase “brown sock of perpetuity” should reign as a standard idiom for an unending project. As in “Oh, dear! I seem to be embroiled in yet another Brown Sock of Perpetuity.”

  84. I recommend, if I may, to move on to the March socks, and then if there’s any March left have another look at the February socks.
    You might have to hang up your Knitting Police badge first.

  85. I have to tell you that I loved those socks with the first picture you posted. I have a pair that look alot like them (not handknitted, sadly) that are my absolute favorites so they made me smile even before I read anything. So keep going – I bet they become his favorites too!

  86. When I started reading your blog (I think it was the Wool Pig post!), it inspired me to start writing my own. I often felt the pressure of a post because I didn’t have a something *NEW* (project-wise) every day and I was mystified by your God-like ability to finish something every frackin day! I couldn’t do a scarf in a day or even a week! Thank you for showing your humanity today. :-)

  87. It’s not so much on the psockadelic colors, but that’s okay; it’s going to be a dependable and likeable sweet bear of footwear. (A little shsock therapy there.)

  88. Think positively. The socks are almost done. The yarn is soft and lovely; the shade of brown is very attractive. The pattern looks like it could be a soothing, calming knit. Your refrigerator of a man is usually described as top-of-the-line.
    And, unlike the implication of Laura at 5:08, he’s NOT one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers — you don’t have to knit a third sock in order for him to avoid charges of indecent exposure. (What he does while playing air guitar in the privacy of your bedroom is nobody’s business but yours and Joe’s ;-)! )

  89. If only I could repeat that statement about the relationship between actual knitting and actual knitting time when I am in a yarn shop, I would be a lot richer! My mind knits a lot faster than my fingers, and tends to forget about that pesky day job.

  90. I’m so glad my boyfriend has the same size feet as me. On the downside, he weighs less than me and never gains weight and I can’t really wear high heels when I’m with him because he’s only 2 inches taller lol.

  91. On the “men with big feet” thing – my mom always said “It’s not the shape, it’s not the size; it’s how many times they can make it rise.”

  92. i feel your pain. hubs wears a size 14 US, oldest son wears a 12 US & younger son wears a size 13 US. daughters wear a 9 1/2 women’s US & a size 8 1/2 US. i have the smallest feet and I DON’T WEAR SOCKS IF I CAN HELP IT. hence, why most of my sock knitting goes to charity.

  93. I told my hubby that while I love him very much that I would not be knitting him socks because I’m afraid he would like them (and he is the kind of person who is really tough on his socks & shoes).

  94. I am currently knitting my very first sock (eventually it will be a pair). It is for me. I have size 9 C-width feet with large ankles and calves. Sock shopping is a pain, as is boot shopping and shoe shopping. So far, though, I enjoy sock knitting!
    My husband has feet that are just a little larger than mine, and I am sure he will want me to make him some socks once I’ve successfully completed the sweater vest he asked me for. The sweater vest is a dark brown, and it is all stockinette except the bottom hem (2×2 rib) and the neckline and armholes (also 2×2 rib). It literally puts me to sleep; I haven’t even made it to the armhole shaping on the back yet, and I started it over Christmas!
    But I will probably never make socks for my father. He has size 11 (I think) EEE width feet. He has trouble finding shoes. Knitting him socks would take forever.
    However, I do want to try my hand at kilt hose for my 6’3″ brother who does Highland dancing. I think he’s got wickedly wide feet like our father does.
    Maybe I’m doomed to knit boring stuff for the men in my life. ;)

  95. Oh Steph. You made me laugh. Of course, you usually do. Knit on for your refrigerator of a man.

  96. I didn’t think it until you said it.
    I was just thinking of the sock I have started (my very first). It seems to be taking forever as well. It’s purple and a much simpler pattern. I’m dreading the heel. I hope it goes well. I need to buy a bunch of stitch markers. *sigh*

  97. Um, Steph? It really looks like they are almost finished. Unless that stitch pattern is way more complex than it looks from here, you only need about fifteen more minutes of Harlot-speed knitting and you’ll be grafting the toes.

  98. My hubby has HUGE feet (US 13/EUR 47)
    I feel your pain. On the flip side, one of his house socks fit over my new cast, thereby keeping my toes warm. :-)

  99. My Ex has size 13WWWW feet & likes hand knit socks too. Lucky for me, he isn’t into brown but black, blue & green can also be boring & take forever. Just. Do. It. Just take your Mama’s advice, I think it was originally about sex, and just think of England!!

  100. My husband’s 6′ 2″, and every week when I iron his pants, I wonder why I couldn’t have married a much shorter man. What we do for love!

  101. Stephaine,
    I hear/feel your pain. My husband has to special order hats and has size 15 feet. I still would have married him if I had know the sheer magnitude of what this has meant – C-sections and endless knitting (my son had a 15inch head). :)

  102. Oh, I know exactly how you feel. My husband has decided he likes long socks that come to his knees. His last pair measured thirty (yes, 30) inches from the cuff to the toe. After all, he has huge feet and shoes and is well over 6′ tall….. But I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world. Our 35th anniversary is next month…

  103. Too bad hand-cranked sock knitting machines are so expensive. However, you could knit them out of something bright and lively, and then dye them black or brown so he’d wear them.

  104. feeling your pain – my hubby wears a size 11 wide, and his socks take forever too!
    When I was in university, Saturday mornings we used to watch Pee Wee’s playhouse, and one episode has stuck with me … and seems fitting for the situation you are in.
    Pee Wee: Wow, Cowboboy Curtis! You have really big feet!
    Cowboy Curtis (who was played by Lawrence Fishburn – cool!): Heh heh, yes Pee Wee , I do. And you know what they say about big feet, don’t you?
    Peew Wee: No, Cowboy Curtis, what do they say?
    Cowboy Curtis: They say “big feet, Big ………………..boots”.

  105. Looks like February was a month of brown socks.. I also cast on for some socks for my OH from CookieA’s new book, got ~80% of the way through the first US11(mens) sock before realising i didn’t have enough yarn to do the second one (and no way of getting more)! he ended up with some self striping but otherwise very plain socks.. but he’s a happy bunny. I think i might make the socks he wanted (stalagmite) for myself in the brown yarn. I haven’t had the heart to rip out the proto-sock yet though :(
    Hope your refrigerator of a man likes his new socks!

  106. Yep, my husband has size 15 feet. I adore him but I can’t bring myself to knit him socks every year. Every second? Third?
    He has asked, ever so sweetly and repeatedly, for a handknit black hoody. Also in size gazillion. Unfortunately, none of the bright beautiful colours makes it into his wardrobe – on purpose. Sigh. Thank the wooly gods for chunky!

  107. Hmm, and I finally offered to make socks for my husbands size 12.5 feet, at least the yarn I bought is self striping and I gotta admit I do like tall men

  108. let’s hear it for brown…i love chocolate, mocha, cappuccino, latte, fudge, cocoa, tobacco (no, i don’t smoke! or drink coffee!), bark, toffee, the colours of woods!
    hurray for brown!
    and a little bit of humour from across the pond…the organizer of the local, huge, stitch night has created badges/buttons that read “keep calm and carry yarn”. this is based on a world war 2 british campaign to keep spirits up during the blitz. the original read “keep calm and carry on”. it had a crown above the words, but the new version has a ball of yarn and crossed needles!
    if you happen to be in london check out stich london…we meet in the public area of the royal festival hall!

  109. OK, get out next year’s calendar (or write it in for December to transfer) – February 2012 – small socks, not Joe’s.
    And I’d love to see your e-mail about your last comment. Kind of like naming body parts.

  110. LOL! I prefer the refrigerator variety, even if they are harder to knit for. It’s one of the reasons I haven’t knit my husband a sweater — the other is that he won’t wear sweaters. If he were smaller, I’d probably knit one anyway and force it on him. But, alas, he’s just too big for it to be worth it.
    Come on February socks! My March socks are well underway — you gotta catch up!
    Kelly @ Creating a Family Home

  111. Oh Steph how well you know us………I was just composing a post along the lines of “be grateful he has big feet, there are women out there who would do much and use far fewer batteries if they had a man with big feet”, and you pre-empted me with your last line……..genius!!

  112. note to Stephanie: Next year do not choose the shortest month of the year to make Joe a pair of socks, just saying.

  113. I’ve only ever knit my fiance one pair of socks, and it’s rather hard to get up the motivation to make more for him because they take so long. Although he does wear my pair every chance he gets…

  114. First, I want to say that on my monitor, they look a lovely shade of gray.
    Second, I do hope you’ll post the name of the pattern, if there is one. Are you making it up? I love the pattern!

  115. So you still haven’t perfected your system for knitting and typing at the same time?
    Thanks for the dirty mind note, it made my day.(I don’t think that it is sad that it made my day, I have very simple days)

  116. This reminds me why I am so happy my man wears a size 9.5 shoe and like short socks. I am a lucky, lucky, sock knitter.

  117. For Maryann at 1:24 AM – Please contact the Vermont Country Store and treat yourself to a few pair of pants stretchers. My mom always used them (1940′s) and I do too. They’re adjustable for width. I couldn’t (wouldn’t ?) do laundry without them.

  118. Feel your pain Steph – my DH has rather moderate length feet, but alas they are “quadruple E” meaning they are Duck Paddles. Which seems to make the sock incredible large but rather short-ish. To make matters worse since he now knows I can make the socks to his preferred length that is what he requests (long in the leg and wide in the foot) it is a double whammy.
    It is so good that I do truly love him dearly.

  119. I’ve got a size 9 foot and my husband has a size 9 (just a tad bigger than mine, but doable for socks). Ahhh – to be married to a man with the same size foot as yours…. Tis blisss.. :D
    (Note: not sure about the other size thing….lately…anymore….) ;)

  120. once I get one sock done….he’s asking for a new pair. Big feet or no, it’s one never ending sock to me!

  121. Don’t apologize Stephanie,we all knew right away that you were merely talking about feet comparison. Right girls?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  122. I have yet to finish a pair of socks for me and I have size 3 feet (yes I typed that right I have to shop in the kids section). So there is no way my husband is getting size 13 1/2 socks unless I borrow my moms hand crank sock machine.

  123. I just read this at my office and laughed out loud. Now, everyone wants to know what’s so funny. Thanks for making my day, just sayin’.

  124. hahahahahaha! You crack me up!
    You know what they say about guys with big feet…
    They have to walk up stairs sideways. Now YOU stop it. LOL

  125. Ok. Since Joe’s feet seem about the size of my husband’s feet, I’m going to ask a question. What do you do with the top ribbing of his socks that they don’t stretch out of proportion when he drags them over his massive feet? My husband likes ankle socks, so it does relieve me of the monotony of the leg part, but I’ve been discouraged about knitting him more pairs because the ones he has have stretched in the ribbing and now won’t even stay up the minor length of the ankle. I recognize this could be the yarn, but I assume that maybe folks use fewer stitches or smaller needles or something? Any suggestions would be appreciated. (and they are pretty brown socks…)

  126. My husband wears size 10.5, so has relatively small feet for a man. My youngest child (in 4th grade) already has feet as big as his teenaged brother, however, and still has years of growth ahead of him… If I start now, I might get him a pair of socks done by the time he’s done growing.
    (This is the child who came down with 3 pairs of wet wool socks this morning and said “Can I wear a pair of these to school? I know they’re wet, but they’ll dry!” He loves hand knit socks.. and doesn’t care if they’re pink or green or yellow or orange… unlike his father… )

  127. It’s really too bad that you just can’t put the needles and yarn in a bag and have the socks knit themselves. We’d get so much more done that way.
    Yay for progress on the Sock Summit!

  128. My sympathies. Why do men insist on wearing boring colours anyway. Maybe you could talk him into some argyles next time.

  129. Well hmmm I also have a brouwn sock perculating the things we do for love. My oldest son, the jazz pianist ,( you would think music men would have more color flair) wanted a pair of socks. You guessed it brown, so meet brown joe and I are working on fulfilling his wish. It is taking a long time, I can only do it for short spurts and the color while lovely is work for me. I seem to have created a new momism in my family because they all laugh and say ,we know we know it has to be fun for the knitter to. Can’t do camp this year will miss you all but be there in spirit. :) Probably will still be working on said sock.

  130. I read the title and your post, and thought, “Well if you’re in Donesville, why are you complaining?” and then I realized that you wrote Dull and not Done.
    Also, not related. I am coming to Toronto for spring break (March 10-13) to visit a friend, but she’ll be working on Thursday and Friday, and I realize it’s going to be cold. Do you have a suggestion for the COOLEST most FUN thing I should do?

  131. I hope that you are never in a spouse choosing position again but if you are, since there is no way you’re going to find another one as fabulous as Joe, yeah, it may as well be a small one to make knitting time and yarn consumption easier.

  132. Wow! That’s a big sock. As for loving big men as opposed to small ones, I prefer men who are bigger than me because I can wear their shirts. You get a big cuddly person to hug and you double your wardrobe.

  133. My mother used to say “it is just as easy to love a rich man as a poor man…” Maybe that should be amended to “it is just as easy to love a man with size 9 feet as size 13 feet…” Just sayin’.

  134. I have got to say, I like those socks. I have heard the King Charles pattern is hard to knit. Do those ones take concentration to get the purls in the right place?
    The open toe – Are you running out of yarn? I have trouble working on things if I think I am going to run out. I have no where near the experience knitting that you do. I hope it is a ‘stage’ I am going through.

  135. I’m curious …. why haven’t you finished the first sock? Were you in a hurry to start the second ‘cos you were enjoying it so much?

  136. You know what they say about a man with big hands and big feet…
    Big gloves & BIG socks!
    My husband’s pups are size 13. Just finished one endless plain brown sock & am breaking into hives over thoughts of starting sock #2.

  137. It looks like the heel flap is an extension of the pattern itself?
    General question, when constucting the toe, is it generally 1/2 of the stitches for bottom of the foot and the other half for the top of the foot?
    Really nice pattern.
    Deb K

  138. You’re a better woman than I am. I’m married to a very handsome man who’s 6’4″ and has huge feet. I would be glad to knit him socks if he would keep his toe nails shorter. As it is, I refuse to spend all that time making socks that will end up in shreds.

  139. This is my problem with the man-socks. All those beautiful, handpainted sock yarns? They’re sold as 100g (~400-450 yd) hanks. My darling husband, who adores the brightly colored socks? Requires at least 500 yards of sock yarn. Hence my collection of lots and lots of half-balls of sock yarn. Which will eventually be combined for some really interesting-looking socks, but currently just clog up the sock yarn drawer (ok, drawers).

  140. As I slog along on the olive green, 2×2 rib socks I’m knitting and read this entry, I am once again reminded of how glad I am that they are for my husband, who has a size 8 shoe and loves short socks.

  141. Next time you’re going to knit Joe a pair of socks, pick a month that has 31 days….January, March, May, July, August, October, December. Those 3 extra days could make all the difference!

  142. Are you going to post the pattern or name of book with that cute garter stitch baby sweater you had in the blog at the end of december? I love it. Thanks

  143. Lovely of a sock. Darling of a man. But seriously, dude, you designed this do-it-yourself sock o’ the month club yourself… why’d you pick the shortest month of the year to knit these refridgerator socks?!

  144. My husband (for whom I am also, coincidentally, knitting giant brown socks – but without any interesting cables or anything… nope…) has size 13W feet :p
    I don’t know if he’s ever getting socks made out of anything besides interesting self-striping yarn ever again.

  145. Mine is 6’4′ and about 220lbs with size 11 feet. When we lived in a cold climate he got one Alice Starmore sweater which, since he’s such a heat generator, he’s hardly ever worn in 16 years, only in blizzard conditions. And he’s competely unable to fathom the concept of handknit socks. “Why not just go and buy some?” I do NOT make socks for those who don’t understand. Now that we live in a much warmer clime he only wants ultrafine sweaters (it ain’t gonna happen!)so I’m off the hook! ;) Besides, as we all know, grandbabies get priority!

  146. I know how depressing a sock can get. I just ripped out 4 hours of sock knitting work this week because I couldn’t stand the shape of the toe. It actually felt really good to rip and rip!

  147. Go, Steph, Go! Kind of a Seussical cheer for the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss…

  148. Haha…big socks would be the end of me. I just finished a project-a drop stitch scarf, and I thought I was fabulous. LOL!

  149. Whassa matta w’brown??? Makes me think of brunneous bears and tree bark and brown trout and brown sheepers. Brown is such a comforting color.

  150. Lovely socks…lovlier (I think that is a word :))knitting needles though. What brand?

  151. Steph, I feel your pain and then some… my dh has size 15 feet and has gotten to the point that he will tear up when faced with wearing store bought socks on the very rare day he hasn’t got handmade that are dry/clean and ready to wear. Fortunately, I have him completely in love with worsted boot-socks that he wears with his work boots – and I am completely in love with him… so I have right now a pair on the needles. At least he really appreciates them. Oh, and as an extra note – I have the habit of going back through your previous posts to check out knitting (I know, strange but true) and you had this post with a picture a long time ago – a lady had outlined her husband’s foot to make socks. I thought, wow – someone who has it worse than me – those feet are HUGE! I read on to see that they were size 14 – still SMALLER than my husband’s feet. **whimper**

  152. Ugh! Being monogamous to ANY project will bring about the feeling of being stuck in a time loop. The Arkansas Razorbacks lapghan I’m working on is beginning to feel this way…. The thing is I have TWO pairs of socks that are on DPNs calling out to me to mesmerize myself by going round and round on the stockinette carousel.

  153. In the USA, UPS’s delivery men wear brown uniforms. Comments have been made about this in SATC, and various hot knitting blogs. Maybe this is your tie in for a hot blog on dull brown socks.

  154. But just think how much joy you’ll have when you do finish. You might want to peak so that your March sock is a bright, cheery something!

  155. I just rec’d an email from Knitting Daily@Interweave.com about knitting with “energized” yarns which sounds like unplyed handspun. There’s a video of Kathryn Alexander and a link for socks done with singles. There’s also a gorgeous sweater-jacket done with triangles. Sounds like something right up your alley!!

  156. Sox for men, I found a way to cheat! I bought an antique circular sock knitting machine. I can crank out a pair of socks in two hours, the hubby loves them and I can get on with my hand knitting for myself. Life is good!

  157. did you make any modifications?
    i just might have to make these.
    the envy has been growing within since i first read this.

  158. They are manly, even with all the texture, because they are feet ganseys. They probably make him want to sing sailing songs.
    They’re really pretty.

  159. Ha! I’ve told my boyfriend (on numerous occasions) that he is the best Knitter’s Boyfriend in the world… size 7 shoes, baby!! His feet are actually smaller than mine. Awesome sauce.

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