A while ago, I spent the weekend with my daughter. We watched four movies, made cookies, ate crab roll-ups, and laughed a lot. She also worked on a little crochet quilt for a friend.
As she was rooting through her yarn, she tossed me this, and said, "Oh, here's a sock I made for you."
Well, I have to admit, I'd never seen a sock like this before. I slipped it on.
Thought maybe I had it on wrong, so I turned it around.
Nope. I didn't know what the safety pin was for, but the sock was warm and cozy.
"Is there another one?" I asked. Socks usually came in pairs.
"No," my girl said. "I used too big a yarn and the thing just got too long, so I stopped. It's more like a leg warmer, without toes. I didn't make another one, because I clearly don't know what I'm doing."
Well, then I got the giggles. I love the yarn and the softness, and if I just wear it low and fold down the long flap thing, it's really quite comfortable.
Except for the safety pin. And the no-toes thing. "If you just finish off some toes, I can wear another bootie with it," I said. "I really like it."
"I'm not doing anything else with it," she said. "It didn't turn out right, and it's goofy. It looks like a cast."
I turned it around, trying to position the thing so my foot was covered. I really do like it, and I love that she made it.
Hmmm....I could not see how to get the foot covered and have it stay on. "If I sew up this flap, it will be snug and stay up. If it just had some toes..."
"You can add some toes, if you want," my girl suggested.
"I don't know how to crochet," I replied.
"I guess I don't either," she said. "I can make squares and put 'em in a line. I can make blankets, but not socks."
I came home with my toeless, leg warmer, cast-size sock and used the safety pin (which I now realize is crucial) to pin the rolled-down flap over the exposed toes.
Paired with another knitted bootie I have, it works. Kind of.
There's still a bit of toe poking out at the tip, but you can't have everything.