Saturday, January 7, 2012

Recycling...


One of the blogs that I enjoy reading is Courtney's Sassafras and Winterberry.  Courtney is a teacher.  Courtney knits socks.  And hooks rugs, etc., etc....you should go visit (click on the above link).  Here are some socks that she is working on...aren't they fun?  I love them.
 
Yep, I snagged this photo right off her blog. 


When I saw that photo, it reminded me that I've been wanting to knit myself a pair of socks.  (Yes, I do know how to knit.)  The main reason being this...when I sit in my big easy chair and put my feet up on the ottoman, there is bare leg showing between the top of my sock and the bottom of my pajama legs.  In the winter, this bare spot is chilled, so I need to cover up with a quilt.  Not a hardship, I promise.  But, sometimes, I am warm enough...it's only one little spot on my body that is chilled.  Anyone else have this problem?  Yes?  No?  Well, okay, I am weird.  But, I already knew that. 


I spent a few hours last night looking online for free sock patterns...wow...who knew there were so many to choose from?  I also looked online at knitting needles.   

Again...wow!  Ya know, back in the day when I learned to knit, there were aluminum needles and plain wooden needles.  Now...so many to choose from!  I was completely enamored of the colored wooden needles I ran across...and would more than likely have felt bereft if unable to knit with them.  I mean, really...look at these.  Aren't they gorgeous? 

Then, I looked at yarn.  Wonderfully soft yarn.  Colors so yummy, you could do nothing but smile when you had those socks on your feet.  Cashmere yarn...alpaca yarn...ohmy. 


Then, I woke up.  I mean, like, you know, it occurred to me how much it would cost to buy everything I needed to knit myself one pair of socks.  Albeit wonderfully warm, soft, colorful socks. 


So.  I rethought the entire 'bare space on my legs getting chilled' thing.  And, decided that what I really needed was leg warmers!  But, again...the buying of needles and yarn was cost-prohibitive.  hmmmm...


My next step was to look on Etsy to see how much it would cost to buy a pair of knit leg warmers.  Wow...I saw some that had a price tag of $54.97 on them.  Plus shipping.  Okay.  That isn't the answer.  

Next thought...what could I make leg warmers out of?  I ran across an article about recycling t-shirts.  Hey...how about t-shirts?  Yeah...recycling t-shirts into leg warmers!  They don't necessarily need to be warm and soft...they just really need to cover that bare leg.  Ya know?  (by the way, thanks for the t shirts Kimmer!)


So.  That was my project for the day.  Making a pair of leg warmers.  Mission accomplished!
The toe & heel of that pink sock (bought at Wal-Mart this a.m.) are orange.  Perfect, hey?
See the little paw prints near the top?  How cute is that!

So, how about you?  What are you working on?

edited to add:  yes, I know buying a pair of longer socks or knee-highs (do they still make them?) would have easily solved the problem.  Just sayin'.  That I do know that.  More fun to go through the above process though, don't you think?


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."Jeremiah 29:11

7 comments:

WoolenSails said...

How about the thrift store, I bet they have sweaters that would make nice warmers? I wear flannel in the winter, so that keeps me warm;)

Debbie

Anonymous said...

LOL you are so funny!! Yes they do still sell knee highs, I bought a pair last winter because I too had that space between my sock and my pants that got chilly!!! Is it a family trait???? lol
joyce

Farm Girl said...

You make me laugh, Yep that works. You know how to knit too? I just buy sock that are go up higher on my leg so I guess I never thought about it before.
Now I want to see you knit socks.
I think that was a really good idea. Oh working on today? We have been trimming trees. :) My hands are to sore to hold a needle.

moosecraft said...

Yes! This process is a whole lot more funner! lol! But, should you decide you want to knit... I have a couple sets of sock needles that I can send your way (not as pretty as the green wooden ones though)...I tried knitting socks... not my thing...

Today, I'm working on small velvet hearts to decorate a feather tree...

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I love those colored knitting needles! I'm laughing at where my post took you! That's creativity for you! Love it!
Hugs,
Courtney

Anonymous said...

Love the socks and the leg warmers...I actually still have a pair from over 20 years ago...but, Mom was complaining of cold legs, as she has to wear those support knee highs for circulation, so we took a pair of knee socks and cut the foot off so she wouldn't have all that bulk in her shoes, and now she has warm legs!
Janer

CrookedHouseRugs said...

Hi Jacque,
As always, I enjoyed reading your blog. Your knitting posts are fun. I have these same stained wood dpns and love them. I wish I could replace all my boring metal ones! I do have a few sets in bamboo and enjoy knitting with them.

BTW, the leftovers of the beautiful sock yarns make great baby hats, esp the yarn with a little stretch built in!

cheers, maureen

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