Shark socks that appear to be devouring your legs


17 Responses to “Shark socks that appear to be devouring your legs”

  1. To be precise, the right one looks as if the shark it’s barfing your toes.

  2. Calimecita says:

    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

  3. AwesomeRobot says:

    Well, it looks like you’re getting revenge by shoving your foot up the attacking shark’s friend’s ass. 

  4. stellasavannah says:

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

  5. 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.

    • Cory Doctorow says:

       Thanks, Tsarina! Will you tell us please when they’re available? I’d love to post it here!

      • 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. ;-)

    • Calimecita says:

       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!! 

      •  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.

  6. Bodhipaksa says:

    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…

  7. P.M. says:

    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.

  8. Felton / Moderator says:

    “Farewell and adieu to you fair little piggies…”

  9. gwailo_joe says:

    “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’…”

  10. Just_Ok says:

    Looks like we’re gonna need a bigger boot.

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