Boyfriend Socks sans Boyfriend

I don’t have a boyfriend, just a husband, and these aren’t for Mr. Yarn Bearer, they’re for my BIL.  Now that I’ve finished the Boyfriend Socks (from slippedstitch’s blog, here), I’m thinking I should have knit something more… robust, manly, or of the woodsman persuasion.  My BIL is of the lumberjack variety, literally, and can be found wearing flannel shirts and mud encrusted boots most days of the week.

BIL Socks

Pattern:  Boyfriend Socks by Alice Bell

Yarn:  Knit Picks Gloss in Sahara (two skeins, I had about 40-50 yards left over even)

Needles:  US 1 12″ Addis

Size:  Medium

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These socks just may be a bit too, uh, pretty for him.  Perhaps he’ll wear them around the house?  Having considered all of this, I wouldn’t be offended if he turns them down, they can be passed over to my dad (who is already getting kilt hose, but whatever). 

There is a Plan B, the Eesti Trail Hiking Socks by Nancy Bush found in Favorite Socks:  25 Timeless Designs from Interweave.  Why didn’t I consider them before?!  The Eesti socks would look awesome even when caked with mud, actually, I think they’re supposed to be filthy…  Yes, it is in the pattern (materials:  worsted weight yarn, US 3 dpns, marker, tapestry needle, muck, sludge, slop or otherwise filthy matter found in the sticks).  

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