Manly Footlets

Happy New Year! Last night's celebration was among our tamer ones, so I'm not too wiped out this morning to start the year off with a finished object:

Manly Footlets Small

Pattern: Alison's Ankle Socks (but CO 44 st)
Yarn: Koigu Kersti (color: K 613(5))
Needles: US 6 DPNs
Started: December 13, 2005
Completed: December 20, 2005
Recipient: Chris

Notes: This was my therapy during exams this year. When my eyes crossed and brain sputtered, the Manly Footlets stepped in to provide a few minutes of mindless respite. How chivalrous, no? Alison's pattern is great - simple, straightforward, with a nice standard short-row heel. These took about one and a quarter skein of Kersti. I started with three balls, so there will be plenty left over for a matching pair for moi. The Kersti pooled something awful though with this number of stitches, so I alternated between two balls every 2-3 rows to break it up some.

These babies were 100% inspired by the anklets Whispering Pine made to keep her husband's toes toasty. I had a store credit at Purl and had been eyeing Kersti for a while, except, lemme tellya, it's hard to find Kersti in remotely manly colorways at Purl. Everything they carried seemed to have some lavender in it. Not that lavender can't be manly... I just couldn't convince Chris of that.

Strangely, the only manlyish color I could get at Purl looks just like Catty's back:

Catty's Back Small

Our man Chris is a die-hard white tube sock kind of guy. He even has white tube socks with his name, and sometimes his little brothers' names, written in permanent marker on the bottoms as an artifact of his mother's futile efforts to make sure all her boys had a relatively equal number of socks. So handknit socks are quite a change for him. About having hand knit socks, all I could get out of Chris about it was "I like it. They're comfortable. I don't think I could wear them with shoes, though." Sigh. Oh well, no sense in hiding handknit socks under shoes anyway, I guess.

I leave you with a photo of the footlets in action, as they will most frequently be used:

Manly Footlets In Action Small

Now that's New Year's Day, and Sunday morning. Sunday morning, with socks.

ps - further proof that we cannot take a picture without Moses getting in it. She's our own personal Waldo.

Posted by jess at January 1, 2006 12:02 PM

that picture of your guy in his footies cracks me up. he looks so intent on his sunday times. just hope he is not reading about the, jets. happy new year! : )

Posted by: kate at January 1, 2006 3:18 PM

holy cow, your cat looks like a clone of ours! i was reading along and said, hey, it's leela! :)

nice footies!

Posted by: cori w at January 1, 2006 5:46 PM

Those footies are so cute! And Catty is adorable too. Our Topaz seems to wind up in many pics. I've had that pattern for a bit, and if you say they are easy that gives me more courage to try them!

Posted by: jillian at January 1, 2006 11:25 PM

I'm lovin' the names marked on the bottom of the socks thing (ridiculously clever) but I love the footlets even better. Perfectly cushy looking.
Recently, I made a pair of shorties like that for DH. IT's a good thing you can't see them when they're inside his shoes because I used a hideous colorway, but the other day he spontaneously said, "You know, I REALLY LIKE this pair of socks." It's taken at least 6 or 7 pairs to get a compliment like that.

Posted by: Siri at January 2, 2006 12:14 AM

wow!! looks great. perhaps now he would like more socks. happy new year.

Posted by: blossom at January 2, 2006 12:19 PM

What great manly footlets :) I may have to try these out for my man. Thanks for the inspiration.

And your Lady Eleanor is looking incredible! It makes me want to try it, even though Entralac scares the crap out of me O_o

Anyway, Happy New Year to you and yours :)

Posted by: Heather at January 2, 2006 4:33 PM

A very happy to you, Chris and your kitty cats!

Posted by: Judith at January 2, 2006 5:32 PM

Great footies and that is one beautiful her whiskers! Pumpkin thinks she's a hottie :)

Posted by: Debi at January 3, 2006 1:54 AM

Ooo... Oo...!! I have some Koigu! I wanna make some of those for myself! And they definitely look manly. In a tiger cat sort of way. :)

Posted by: Laura at January 3, 2006 11:25 AM

Very nice. He'll get used to them and be wearing them all over the place. Then he'll want more! It's a slippery slope.

Posted by: Stephanie at January 3, 2006 12:38 PM

Cute! I've been working on a pair of footies for my man too. At the rate I'm going, let's see when they'll actually get done!

Posted by: Angela at January 3, 2006 6:56 PM

why did you CO less stitches than the original pattern?
they are supercute!


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