I’ve been feeling a bit discouraged lately…I’m pretty sure I must be a slow knitter. I just don’t get how all you knitters are producing so damn much stuff! I think I spend an almost unnatural amount of time knitting these days, but between working, eating, sleeping, dancing, and keeping things tidy I can’t knit enough to actually finish anything.

Admittedly, part of the problem is my love for fingering weight yarn and the time I’ve been devoting to spinning it. But I have managed to start a fun new project. I’ve been curious about but completely at a loss as to how to design/write a pattern, so I started with the easiest thing I could think of: leg warmers. They’re not even knit in the round! – but that’s by design. I’ve had two balls of lovely soft brown tweed lying around for awhile, and I’ve had the image of nicely textured button up leg warmers in my head ever since I saw a pair last year. What a perfect opportunity to figure out sizing, button hole placement, and pattern!
the legwarmers begin

the legwarmers begin

I’m sure there’s a magic formula out there that takes into consideration the stretch of your stockinette stitch, but I don’t know it. Yet I’ve only restarted once, after realizing my sizing error, and I’m hoping it will be smooth sailing from here. It’s been satisfying doing the little calculations and figuring out where the button holes go, how much ribbing is enough, and how to write it up in the least confusing way. I chose stockinette stitch because that’s the look I wanted, but it’s getting a little bit boring. If only I could knit faster…

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