Shark socks that appear to be devouring your legs

Tsarina's tshark shocks resemble sharks that are gnawing off the wearer's feet. They come with knit, velcro-attachable remoras! The comments are full of people begging to buy a pair of these, but there's no indication at this point that they are for sale, either as patterns or finished articles.

The shark theme has been done, of course; this, however, is the Tshark theme… … and as such it is intended to go farther over the top, and deeper under the bottom, than your average sea-going pedator. (Check out my shiny new neologism that I just this minute made up! “Pedator” - a predator that is worn on the foot, geddit?)

Just When You Thought It Was Safe…. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. Very cool. But if those are the nostrils (for the left-foot shark) they need to be on the underside of the snout, not on top. I know it may seem like a tiny detail, but if I want to wear these for my Vertebrates classes, the sharks need to be anatomically correct :-P

  2. We’re talking about a pair of knit socks, for God’s sake. “…the sharks need to be anatomically correct.”?

  3. Re availability, there is a follow-up post at explaining the status and the plan in considerable detail.

    Re nostril placement – on most of the shark pictures I studied they were so close to the edge of the snout that it was impossible to tell whether they were on the top or on the underside or indeed at the edge itself, so I put them where they would be visible. I’m certainly open to correction, however – I don’t claim any particular expertise in shark anatomy – and will be happy to revisit this next year when I’m preparing the public edition.

      1. With pleasure. If you read the “CANDYGRAM!” follow-up post you already know that their debut is scheduled for Rhinebeck 2013 – but anything could happen between now and then. I’ll keep you posted. ;-)

    1.  Thanks Tsarina of Tsocks for the response! The nostrils are indeed ventral in sharks (some exceptions are hammerheads, in which they’re on the edge and at each tip of the “hammer”). And thanks for being so gracious about it too :-)

      For those who missed the “:-P” at the end of my comment – it was meant to be humorous, and I did say they’re very cool. Also, they’re the kind of thing I’d actually wear – just because I’m not only a biology nerd but crazy enough to do silly things like that because then my students remember more about the class I teach.

      Best of luck with the public edition of these!! 

      1.  Thanks! I’m happy to have the straight dope; I do like to strive for anatomical accuracy where possible in these things. Obviously there is nothing to be done about the “pregnant” appearance of the belly, unless you’re prepared to do a Cinderella’s-Stepsister and cut off your heel – and a certain amount of license is sometimes necessary in adjusting for aspect ratio (I’m well aware, for instance, that even the most generic of sharks probably has more teeth than I managed to squeeze in on this one). But getting the nostrils in the right place is an easy fix – in fact, I can post that correction immediately as Errata on the club’s Knit-Along page, so the error will be limited to the prototype. Which I can re-knit, one of these days. Hmmmmm… I sense a blog post coming on.

  4. Funnily enough, when my four-year-old son says “sharks” it sounds very like “socks.” Last week I was surprised to hear him ask (or so I thought) “Daddy, do socks eat people?” In my mind’s eye I saw something very like those…

  5. Dudes. If you’re so worried about the non-anatomical correctness of the nostrils, then you can put your yarnover (or whatever stitch it turns out to be) on the underside of the shark.

  6. “And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’…”

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