Thank you Ali for showing me what was right in front of me. I really did deliberate for ages over a name and eventually gave up. I plucked the blog post title out of thin air without really thinking - maybe it was a suggestion straight from God. The socks are progressing well, I’m working on the heel of the first (much more done than is shown here). The pattern, which I will give in 3 sizes, is only a couple of weeks away so if you are planning to start knitting immediately now’s the time to think about yarn choices.


I am using The Knittery 4ply Sock (Merino/Cashmere/polyamide) which was very kindly donated by Alice of Socktopus specially for this pattern. The colourway is ‘Chocolate’ and is coming up beautifully in a range of lovely browns.


This yarn is on the thick side and, with the cabling, makes a very dense, cosy fabric when knitted on 2.5mm needles. Alan’s socks aren’t really destined to be worn inside shoes and will be thick and warm for the coming Australian winter. If you have other plans for your pair, I recommend selecting a lighter yarn such as Smooshy or Trekking. Both have a great range of men’s colours to choose from.


Finally, thank you so much to all the people who have already pre-ordered the pattern. Neil was rather bemused at people buying something that doesn’t exist yet - but I told him, ‘That’s just knitters.’

x x

9 Responses to “Named and progressing well”
  1. Mum says:

    WIP looks beautiful - I will buy the pattern and you can teach me to do cables.

  2. Margie says:

    It’s looking good, the colour right for dad. I will try not to let him wear his work boots with them.
    love, little sis

  3. Laura says:

    Looking lovely - I can’t wait to see the pattern. My thoughts are with you and your family. My uncle (in the US) is currently recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous lung - I totally know what you mean about being so far away and feeling helpless. Knitting is a fantastic way to do something positive until you can be by his side.

  4. Amy says:

    Oh, the sock is so gorgeous. What a great thing to make something that warms your heart and your feet at the same time.

  5. Kai says:

    It’s looking beautiful honey. :) And great name too.

  6. carole says:

    Hi Diane..Just wanted to say that I am thinking of you and ALL your loved ones
    and having HOPE for all

  7. Moggle says:

    What a fantastic man-sock colour! It’s looking great so far.

  8. Lindsey says:

    It’s really fabulous looking, Diane. I’m going to do a quick sock-stash review, but I think I have some oatmeal-coloured cashmere sock yarn from HipKnits that would do nicely. I’m eager to to start now–I’ve been thinking for ages of doing socks for my dad, but wasn’t sure what to do. These are really excellent!

    You and yours will remain in my thoughts and prayers. XOXO

  9. Yogicknitter says:

    Dianne they look absolutely fabulous. They are just the sort of pattern I have been looking for to knit some socks for Carl and I have some lovely sheldridge farm ultra in browns that I bought at Alices socktopus launch that will be perfect.

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