I decided, after much deliberation, that my father's birthday gift was going to be a pair of double-heelix socks (Ravelry Pattern, Blog Pattern). He did go to MIT, after all.
Well, his birthday isn't until March 31st, but I was working on them in February while I was home, and one day he came home from work a little early and saw them.
"Are you making socks?" he asked, reaching out to investigate my knitting.
"Yeah," I sheepishly handed it to him.
"That's so cool! And oh look at the heel! How did you do that?"
I explained the process to him, and he put his hand on my shoulder and said "you're definitely my daughter," laughing about how I could make anything complicated.
My mom walked in and wanted to know if he liked them. He said he did, and she said "oh good," at which point I told my dad that they were for his birthday.
"Oh awesome! Lil, I can't wait!" he said. I took the opportunity to ask him if he wanted to socks to be matching or contra-positives, like the picture. Glad I asked, cause I would have done it the other way!
And so, even though it's not his birthday yet, here they are!
I like how they came out. They're a little different, but usually socks are. These pictures are a little awful, but they're the best I could get.
Ravelry Pattern | Ravelry Project