This Christmas I gave my husband one sock. Last week he got the second one.
The pattern is Hot Stuff! Socks from Wendy D. Johnson’s book Toe-Up Socks for Every Body. (And excellent sock book, by the way.) The yarn is Berroco Comfort Sock in colours Black and True Red.
Man, were these socks a pain in the bum to knit. I actually started them in August 2011. I knit the foot of the first one and then had my husband try it on. It was too big. So, I ripped it out, reknit and got the size right. I started on the leg pattern and did 1/3 of it before checking the fit again. The leg was too tight (I have a bit of trouble with colourwork and tension). Rip, rip, rip back to the heel turn. Thank goodness these are knit toe up! The third time was the charm, and both socks fit fine. (Although, you might notice the gauge is a little looser on one of the socks. I must have relaxed a little!