Am I the last one to cast on? I think so!
In the end, I decided to not make this pair for my boyfriend. For one thing, I am soooo late casting on and he has BIG feet! With a huge work project and a move to a new apartment at the end of the month, there's no way I would have finished in time. Secondly, he has been out of town for 3 weeks and when he got back on Saturday, I asked him if he would like a pair of socks out of the Trekking pro natura. He said socks seemed like a lot of work and he'd prefer a cuff/bracelet-type thing. Okay, he'll get socks later.
He had a presentation at a conference that night, so I went and knit on the socks - now for me. Several colleagues asked why I wasn't knitting socks for him, so I told the story of how he had turned down my offer and he exclaimed, "Well, I didn't know you were going to make the socks anyway - you can make the next pair for me! But, I'll take the bracelet first." Sheesh - boys!
Thanks for your advice anyway. And to Paula, whose son thought these socks are "too lacy for dudes"? What would he think of Anne's manlace series????
On to my May Day socks, which I will. finish. in. time. I recently received a skein of Trekking XXL in color 105 in the mail from sticksnstring for winning a contest on her blog. (Thanks Lori!) I thought this would be a nicer choice with the pattern than the Trekking pro natura. I have small ankles and feet so I'm doing the smaller size (also, because of the deadline) and have made it halfway through the heel flap. Here's my progress so far:
It is a little snug to get over my heel, but hopefully, blocking will help? I've never blocked socks before, so I really don't know. But, I'm liking them anyway and will just be happy to get a pair done. They can always go to my niece if they're too small for me!