Jason's birthday was in July, so I decided to bring along a pair of socks as my vacation project when we went on our trip. Luckily, I had no trouble getting my SIP through security, but I was prepared: I usually knit socks on two (metal) circular needles, but I transferred over to wooden DPNs the morning of our flight. I also brought a tapestry needle pre-threaded with a length of waste yarn, so that I could slip my stitches onto the yarn if any of the TSA staff decided that my toothpick-sized DPNs posed a threat. My metal circs, meanwhile, were packed in a bag we were going to check, so even if my DPNs were confiscated, I wouldn't need to buy a new set of needles in London. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and I actually got a fair amount of knitting done during the flight, since Measure slept for a while on the way over.
The pattern for these socks is a variant on the "slip stitch heel basic socks" from Wendy Johnson's book Socks From the Toe Up. I changed the cast-on number, added a mini-cable to each side, and instead of a slip-stitch heel, did a stockinette heel with a mini-cable on each side to match the ones on the front of the sock. I haven't done many toe-up socks in this style -- usually I just do a short-row heel, because it's easier -- but it was interesting trying it out. The yarn is Sundara Sock yarn in a limited edition colorway called "When the Fog Clears." I love her yarns, but not that many of her colorways would appeal to Jason, so I was glad to snag this one. Happily, this month she's offering Graphite in the Year in Color collection, so I'll be picking up a skein or two of that for future man-socks.