Monday, March 29, 2010

This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home. . .

I was browsing the latest Kint Picks catalog to come in the mail, a week or two ago. 

(This is neither here nor there, but that catalog was a case of knitting, knitting everywhere, and not a hook in sight.  I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised.  After all, the name isn't Crochet Picks.  But still!  Oh, the trials and tribulations of a crocheter in this knit-centric world!)

So, as I was saying, I was browsing the catalog.  Lots of socks in this one.  Here a sock, there a sock, ev'rywhere a knit sock.  Some of them were awfully pretty, I must admit.  Especially those knee-high ones.   Almost makes you want to learn to knit.  (Almost.) 

Socks are so useful-- so serviceable.  Even the fancy knee-high type, and the ones with intricate colorwork or cabling.  You can always justify it because socks are, well, socks.  You need them.  Everyone needs socks, except maybe for tropical beach-dwellers, and they don't count (particularly after this long winter, they definitely don't count). 

You are confident in your ability to excuse that stash of sock yarn-- until you find these:

Toeless socks?

(On the covers of two books?  Is there some sort of toeless sock fad going on?  Kind of like all the teen girls running around town in pajama bottoms?) 

I just don't get this.  At all.

They're like fingerless gloves, only totally useless.  I mean, of the whole foot, the toes need covering the most, don't they?  Aren't they the parts most prone to getting cold?  I suppose you could say the same of fingers in the case of fingerless gloves, but considering how much we use our fingers, at least fingerless gloves make some logical sense, but few of us need our toes to be uncovered so that we can use them to perform various and sundry tasks.

And so to reiterate, I just don't get it.

Am I missing something here?


  1. Most of the toeless socks I know of are for people who do yoga or similar activities. You need your toes to grip -- so no socks on the toes -- but your feet still get cold.

    I've also occasionally seen them on people wearing flipflops, in lieu of socks with toes. Unless you live near a Daiso or similar store, finding socks with toes that aren't completely silly can be difficult, and for cultural reasons a lot of people in my area wear flip-flops (or similar shoes with a toe divider).

  2. Not to mention some people don't like their toes covered by socks. I do yoga and I need toeless socks if I want to grip the floor with my feet and have warm feet and legs, too.

    There are also people who like to wear socks when they do their nails. Obviously, they can't cover their toes so they can use pedicure socks instead.

    I get that you're frustrated that only a 'few of us need our toes to be uncovered' but there are people out there who -do- and might want to knit them for themselves, myself included.