The Weekend | A one day Knit, Leg warmers.

Pink & Purple Wool from the Women’s Institute collection at Hobby Craft.

Before we get started I’m going to be honest. A few years back now I bought leg warmers. They were grey with a dark and light grey faux fur pom poms and I loved them. They were especially handy the following year when I broke my ankle. For anyone who has ever hurt/damaged a bone or muscles when the weather gets cold your joints get for lack of a better word, tetchy. So a leg warmer when I’m sat at home (or sometimes even at work, works wonders when you start getting a chill). So what I’m being honest about is this, I only made one.

Yes, thats just one leg warmer, for one leg! Why? Because I lost one of my grey leg warmers when I moved in with Joshey and so I figured, well . . . no ones gonna see me so if thats the case I only need to make one! Of course I also had grey wool available, but wheres the fun in that?

I used two different colours (basically I knitted two swatches and sewed them together, you can go from one to the other but I’m always rubbish with that! I used a really basic, Mattress Stitch Seam to join the two pieces.)

Because my hands hurt using the smaller ones and I’m lazy I went for my trusty size 10 knitting needles. The wool itself actually suggest using 9mm (US 13) ones which would make a better, closer stitch.

To size your leg warmer you can measure your leg but I honestly just cast on to a length I thought would work well knitted three rows in your basic knit stitch then mid row (I used 30 so my leg could swell freely!) doubled it back and checked it against myself.

On the top section I used two stitches, classic knit and the drop stitch.

How I introduced the drop stitch is through adding additional rows in the row before so effectively doubling them and then dropping those doubles on the next row. If I made the other or this again I think I would also pull the number of stitches in at the top to better hold it in place when being worn.

For the second colour (pink!) this was again two stitches. I went entirely off the cuff when it came to making this initially so decided towards the end that along with tapering it down I also wanted to switch over to purl just to make it feel like this was the end of the garment.

For the pink end I started tapering really early starting off at 30 I began tying off one stitch every two rows until I got to a size that just fit over my heel but would still grip my ankle (with a little swelling room).

Once you’ve completed your swatches next its time to connect them. Firstly I connected the two different colours both at the 30 end so if you started tapering with your first colour you’ll need to match that to your second. Then sew your edges together (again I used mattress).

I am a little slapdash so everything I do is a little messy! But whatever, just flip your leg warmer inside out and I promise it always looks better on the other side! Then all you have to do is tie of your ends as neatly as possible and there you have it, a fantastic leg warmer!

This one took me about 2 hours all together maybe less so its super easy, super quick and if you have that need to do a craft feeling this is a fantastically simple one!

NOVEMBER.

Who saw november coming? One minute it was the summer, I’d just left uni and now look its almost christmas! and me and the boy are now making christmas plans and trying to get everyones christmas presents sorted! Worse still as the time flew its almost been a month since I have updated this blog! even worse was that I had been dedicated to having something new on TVCLifestyles every week and it went un-updated for at least two! which I must apologise for because theres new excuse for an empty blog! none at all! 

Here however its less about vintage and a bit more about me, so let me fill you in on the month gone . . .

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With TVC, me and the boy went out and experimented with setting up scenes for accessories, at this point it was still warm out and I was still overly excited about wearing a scarf. Now however Id do anything to be back on the millennium bridge not feeling the arctic wind. 

However sometimes wearing a scarf is fun and you don’t feel like your still freezing when wearing it. 

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This is my bf’s scarf which was made by his mum and sister however its so long that we can be redonkulously couperly and share it. Much fun was had trying to breathe while both wrapped in this thing! 

 

Thinking of scarves I decided the time to re-learn to knit was now! so I bought a bunch of rowen wools from hobby craft in town and got to my needles, I was quite pleased with the outcome. 

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This month I also got the pleasure of going to check out the stock of the up and coming vintage and antique furniture and interiors website The Phoenix and the Lion. I loved the stock here are a few photo’s of my favourite pieces. The worst thing was my camera began to run out of battery so I didn’t quite get the perfect shots that I wanted. If your interested in anything posted below, keep checking back as upon the sites launch Im gonna give it a shout out and a couple of links for you guys to check out. 

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have a great month! and hopefully I’ll be back again before december strikes! 

Jessxoxo