I've been knitting socks for my dad for at least five years. These two pairs of socks are the first socks I knit him.
In case you're wondering, the yarn is Artyarns Supermerino (Aran: 100% Merino, 104 yards). The pattern is custom for him. ;)
Periodically when I visit, I'll get a "heads-up" that socks need darning. I am always pleasantly surprised when I find leftover bits of the yarn that belong to the socks. because I'm not that organized.
This time, I found a small ball the day before while looking for something else completely. It's purely happenstance that the next day when they called I knew where the yarn was. The second ball was in the first place I looked.
What can I say? This time the knitting gods smiled on me. I must pay homage to them lest they get cranky. What is a proper homage/sacrifice for a knitting god? Do I have to rip something out? Suggestions are welcome. But I digress.
I believe this is the first pair of socks I knit for him. This is the third or fourth time I've darned these socks. The first time I darned socks, I used a water bottle. Since then, I acquired a darning egg. I must admit, I liked the water bottle better for shape, it was pretty noisy to work with though.
Here's a link on how to darn socks.
The joy on his face when they are darned is all the inspiration I need to keep knitting (him) socks.