My baby brother Mike has his birthday uncomfortably close to Christmas. It is a tradition that I make him a yearly pair of Christmas/Birthday socks. This tradition started when he was, in fact, a baby with cute little feet that resulted in cute little socks that knit up quickly. And since I'm only 3 years older than him that made everybody happy...a child size project knit up by a child for a little boy's cute little feet. Well.....50 years later and things have changed a bit. Not the tradition of the knitting of the Christmas/Birthday socks but the size of the feet. You see the baby brother got bigger. Much, much bigger. This is a closeup of my brother Mike's size 13 feet. This means that the foot of these socks is almost exactly 13 inches from heel to toe which is a powerful lot of knitting. Which is why I had to keep myself entertained with these interesting striped heels and toes and that very satisfactory slip stitch diamond pattern. There is a pattern for Mike's Enormous Socks on Ravelry if you would like to give it a shot for the Object of Your Knitting Affection. I added in tricky bits because Mike's feet are huge and I can't tolerate the endless repetition without something to amuse myself. These socks can be made with simpler toes and heels (I give you directions). But I would keep that Slip Stitch Diamond band. It's really much easier than it looks.
In the meantime here is a picture of my actual brother Mike. He had to get into some pretty contorted positions in order for me to get photographs of his Christmas/Birthday socks. He had no idea that the working conditions of a sock model were so rigorous. As you can see from the photograph he is still the cutest thing in the world, and well worth the effort of the socks. However, given the rigorous modeling challenges and the fact that he was actually wearing his socks he just walked off in them, a bit early for his Birthday and Christmas. But whose going to argue with that face?