Ooookay. I switched to smaller needles and re-knit the cuff and heel flap of my dad's sock, and it still looks enormous to me:
My hands and this yarn seem to want to make 22 stitches per 4" no matter what I try. I need DH here to try them on his feet to see if I am way out of whack with my chosen stitch count (54 sts). Or are size 12 men's feet really that big? For now I will just take a break, because there's no point knitting further if they're not going to fit.
Once again, thank goodness I didn't promise these in time for Christmas!
To change the subject from my inability to knit socks:
The yarn for my Moggies mittens arrived: one black, one smoke, and one ecru!
If you have seen them yet, Moggies are an adorable cat-patterned mitten from the new Twist Collective, designed by Barbara Gregory. The pattern calls for Briggs & Little Sport. I went with the Durasport for extra durability. Can't wait to knit them!
I ordered the yarn from Ram Wools, a yarn co-op in Winnipeg. They have good prices and their service was lightning fast. They had it boxed and in the mail the same day I ordered it! As a bonus, the yarn came packaged the yarn in a great re-usable bag - the kind you get when you buy bed sheets. This was my first time ordering from them and I am impressed.
I also bought a bottle of their house-made "Lanalux" hand lotion, as a gift for my grandma. I hope she likes it!