I don't think that it'll give too much away to tell you that "Squid" – one of the two lead characters – knits, and his repertoire includes socks and "cosies" (replacement shells for Hermit Crabs – it's a children's story so bear with me). There is a definite learning point though, particularly for those of us who knit socks: "Second sock" syndrome is nothing when you have to knit eight to complete a set! I once knit 14 socks to make a set – although these were baby socks for the daughter of a very dear friend of mine. (And, if the parents get their own way, she's also my future daughter-in-law – hee, hee!)
I currently have two socks on the go. Socks from two different pairs, obviously. One just needs to be grafted at the toe and the second, well, to be honest, the second needs to be ripped out and started anew: Oldest Son chose the yarn and the socks are for him but if I knit the leg length to balance the calf width, Son won’t need the socks for about a decade and I won't have enough yarn to complete the pair. But the whole ripping-out thing isn't particularly inspiring and, clearly, by putting-off the evil dead, it's going to make the actual act oh-so-much easier. Denial, it's the way to go.
That said, I do have a pair of baby shoes to knit in time for their recipient's first birthday. I promised the baby's grandmother – a good friend and adopted grandma for my own boys – that I'd help out with the knitting for the all important birthday outfit. She's knitted the most beautiful cardigan so I hope that the shoes will do justice to her and baby's other knit-wear. Best get on with them, then. Can’t let my friend down or deny baby her shoes – I'll just be grateful that she only has two feet.