Sunday, March 23, 2008


thanks everyone, for the sweet comments on lu!

i was going to finally blog my failed u-neck vest today, but it's easter! i should focus on the good today, right? well, how about some cute, warm and functional leg warmers? last night i finished the super-easy legwarmers from last-minute knitted gifts, and here they are!

(i kind of tried to imitate the back cover of the book, but i didn't trust myself to photograph my own legs while standing on a chair!)

i had thought about making these for a while, but finally got the motivation to do so when i got that kidsilk haze in the fire sale i posted about earlier this month. the pattern calls for carrying a mohair yarn with cascade 220, and getting kidsilk haze for half off is pretty good inspiration, no? i also had filled up my punch card at my fave yarn store, and had $20 of free yarn coming my way, so i picked up a matching shade of cascade 220, and got to it! instead of costing, oh, $40, these cost me about $12, which makes them not quite so ridiculous i think.

anywho, it was my first time working with kidsilk haze, and while i don't think i would enjoy working with it quite so much on its own, it was absolutely lovely with the cascade 220. the yarn knit up in 1x1 rib created the SOFTEST and SQUISHIEST fabric you've ever felt. these babies are warm! and while they took considerable longer than the "2-4 hours" promised in the book, they still were pretty fast and nice and mindless. and i'm so happy with the end result! i will definitely be wearing these with skirts while it's still kind of chilly at night and in the morning, and i can see layering them under jeans in the winter.

pattern: super easy leg warmers, last minute knitted gifts
yarn: 2 balls cascade 220, in a teal color, and two balls of rowan kidsilk haze, in "trance"
needles: size 9 circular, for magic loop
mods: i went up a needle size and added a few extra stitches because i was afraid they would be too tight. i don't think it was really necessary in the end.