We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Are they hand-knit? If not, why not? New England states are famous for rugged hand-made stuff.
OTH, I once bought a pair of silk knit hiking socks in a shoe store that is no longer there, on sale for I think, 8$ (it was a long time ago), and I wore them for almost 20 years before they finally gave up the ghost. So it isn't always what you pay but how long you're willing to wear them.
It's funny, our grown children - former Vermonters now - all swear by Darn Tough Socks, but Mrs. TSP and I - who still live in Vermont - use SmartWool socks for hiking. Still a little pricey at $24 for the last pair I bought. Good socks, though.
I know that Darn Tough Socks are from Northfield, Vermont. I didn't know where SmartWool socks are from but it appears from Internet research just now maybe Kentucky. Well, 14th and 15th states, so there's that.
The Switchel Philosopher
I have several pairs of Darn Tough socks. I bought my first pair back when I could not afford to keep replacing cheaper ones. I might be brain dead, but I still have those socks. If I ever manage to wear them out, they'll replace them free. Though I like the socks and the company enough I'll probably not tell them and just buy more.