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Day 8: 31 Day Challenge – Simple, Superior Leg Warmers

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

I have a few pairs of store bought leg warmers.  I don’t wear them all that much, because they are don’t fit well in one way or another.  One pair rides down when I walk.  Another pair aren’t long enough for me and only go over part of calf.  My legs get cold in skirts, dresses and capri yoga pants if I don’t wear really long socks or leg warmers.  I have long legs so even most long socks aren’t that long on me.  I made these leg warmers so that I could have something warm that could cover up, up past my knees.  These leg warmers are the most basic level of reconstructed sweaters.  We’re talkin Simple with a capital “S”.

What’s great about making your own leg warmers is you can control the shape of them. Mine are much skinnier and longer than normal leg warmers.  I think the look sorta sexy, that is, if there is such a thing as a sexy leg warmer.

I actually made these leg warmers awhile back, out of a couple of sweater sleeves that I cut up past the arm hole.  I finished the top part of the leg warmer with a stitch to complete the tube (skinny at the bottom and wider at the top, but I didn’t put elastic in the top of them and as a result they were falling down all the time.  I finally added the elastic.  They are really warm and fun to wear under dresses and skirts or with capri yoga pants to my jazzercise class.  No one else wears leg warmers in the class, but I’m hoping to restart the trend (ha).

Day 8: Simple, Superior Leg Warmers

Below is a recent picture I took in my jazzercise class.

Ok, one quick jazzercise story . . . I really like working out with people of all ages, but primarily women.  In the class I might be working out next to a teenager or a grandmother.  It feels grounding to me.  One day during our class we were working out to a song called, “Don’t be jealous of my boggie.”  It was awesome to see young and old alike shaking their groove things all together.  I’m gonna shake it extra hard when I wear these leg warmers!

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!