Would you be suprised to learn that nearly all of the knitters that come in the store are women? No, you probably aren't at all shocked by this. If you read the comments on my blog, visit Ravelry, or attend a knitting group, you might notice that the majority of the knitters you encounter are women. I don't know why this is. I plan to teach my sons to knit, and I hope that it's something that they enjoy.
I can probably count on two hands the number of male knitters that have come in the store over the past year. And when they do come by, I love it. I love seeing what they are knitting, what colors they are choosing, and getting a fresh take on what men would like to knit or would like as gifts.
One of the most common questions we get in the store is "Can you show me some things that my husband/son/daughter's boyfriend/grandson might like?" Because even though the majority of the crafters coming in the store are female, they are often knitting for the men in their lives. So over the next couple months, I'm going to highlight for you some sock yarns that might be appropriate gift knitting for the not-so-adventurous-with-color men in our lives. If you are a man or have a man in your life who likes color and wants a teal/lime/yellow pair of socks, that's awesome for you. But my husband likes (somewhat boring) gray, navy, brown and black and I am often looking for colors that he would definitely wear and finished socks that would hold up to not-delicate washing and wearing. And I also want to enjoy what I'm kntiting for him and not want to poke my eyes out trying to knit tiny black stitches in the evening. Not fun.
Are you in the same boat as me? Do you often find yourself knitting for someone who would prefer colors that aren't infused with passion?
Here are a few ideas to start with:
Lorna's Laces Solemate, shown below in Camouflage, Jeans and Cedar (also available in Shepherd Sock Multis and Solids). Not shown- more "safe" colors like Solids of Charcoal, Chocolate, Navy, Dobson, Denim and Echo.
There are also (and will be more in the future) some nice options in Poste Yarn's striping colors. M22 is a nice navy and gold for those who want typical Michigan colors. Also consider Empire State for black/silver sports team socks or at least a fun striping knit in safe, neutral colors.
While Malabrigohas some awesomely bright and eye catching colorways, they also have some interesting, more subdued ones. Check out Alcaucil, Cote D'Azure and Cordovan
Are there particular colors you've knit for the men in your life who could be described as less-than-adveturous? Do share.