I've been knitting for awhile now after giving it up for a year due to joint pain. Basically, I still have the joint pain but as long as I don't overdue it, I can knit a couple times a week.
So, what is a knitter to do when she wants to show a little appreciation to a new friend? Why, she knits him something. Something small. Something that everyone can use.
Why, socks of course.
The thing is, I'm not to a point in our friendship where I care to sidle up beside him, give him a coy, appraising glance, and say in a throaty Eartha Kitt purr
"So, How big ARE your feet?"
I'm already going for a washable wool since he is a guy and guys don't wash wool with an eye to not making them into baby booties. And I'm not going for any kind of pattern because there is a good chance that a pattern would be seen as "too poofty".
Plain grey. Ribbed for pleasure.
But how to cleverly measure his feet? I want a complete and total surprise, no knitting up to the toe and then springing the surprise on him. They must be done and ready to rock.
Can I orchestrate standing RIGHT next to him and putting my foot next to his? Perhaps while singing show tunes? He has actually used a piece of my yarn to measure out a level line on my wall so he knows I have yarn in the house but how much that point means to an average guy is debatable. I haven't tried to make a connection between yarn, knitting, and boobs so I doubt that it's made much of an impression.
In other words, when I scurry up to him and stomp my foot down next to his and suddenly belt out "OOOOOOOOKlahomaaaa...", I'm afraid he might come to the conclusion that I seemed ok for awhile, and then he discovered that I was really mentally handicapped.
At that point, I'll be forced to show him the sock and and commit hari kari with my #2's.
Wow, this is a rather pleasant problem to have!