I finally finished Cee's Christmas socks (yeah, I know but better late than never). He likes them, at least he said he does, and even modelled them for me and for your viewing pleasure:
Check out them sexy pins.
This pattern is from Favorite Socks by Interweave Press, and it's the Mock Wave Cable pattern, which should have been a dawdle, but turned into a great learning experience for me, because in my haste to complete them for Christmas, I not only knit the foot too short and finished the toe and grafting before I realized it, I started the second sock with the wrong size needles and knit 4 inches of the leg before I wised up. So I had to pull out the second sock and restart it, but decided to let Cee try on the 'finished' one so he could see, and then I saw that it was too short...and then I said a few swear words, one of them being bugger, and another being bollocks, and a phrase that may or may not have rhymed with 'clucking bell'. and I put that sock aside to be pulled apart.
I really thought I'd just end up yanking the whole thing out if I could even manage unpick the grafting stitches, because I didn't think I'd be able to rip it back to the end of the foot and get it back on the needles without yanking out all my hair and running out into the street screaming, but low and behold I did it! And with very little cursing or wringing of hands or hair pulling.
They fit now and that's all that matters, and now Cee has his Christmas socks, just like Mr. Bean.