This pattern is from my original post on Feb 22, 2010 for Thing-A-Day #22.
Over a year ago, I saw a simple legwarmer pattern in a book at Purl Soho. The pattern was this:
Cast on 56 stitches. K2, P2 all around and bind off when happy with length. This would make something I’d seen in stores already. But I didn’t want something I’d seen. A mass produced item would’ve been more expensive (this project was about 1 skein worth, $7.50) but it would’ve taken a lot less time to obtain :)
What I wanted was something that would flare out at the bottom so it can go over my boots as well as be long enough to cover most of my shins. I’d keep seeing one or the other. Long legwarmers that abruptly stop at the ankle or short ones that go well over booties. Just needed to mix the two up and make it in a color to match my existing hat.
The Mellow Legwarmers pattern
1 skein of Cascade 220 wool yarn
4 DPNs size 8
CO 56 stitches
(CO number needs to be divisible by 4; adjust to size accordingly)
Rows 1-60: (K2, P2) til end of row
Row 61: (K1, M1, P2) til end of row
Row 62-71: K3, P2
Row 72: Bind off. Wear. Do “Maniac” dance.*
These legwarmers are meant for moderately sized calves and were a little loose on me. If you have smaller calves like mine, I’d suggest going down 8 stitches or knit with size 7 needles for a tighter gauge. I also think weaving ribbon through the top would work to keep them from slipping.
Long ago, I came across SwarmSketch. As better described on their About page:
SwarmSketch is an ongoing online canvas that explores the possibilities of distributed design by the masses. Each week it randomly chooses a popular search term which becomes the sketch subject for the week. In this way, the collective is sketching what the collective thought was important each week.
It’s pretty neat. Sometimes, it really comes together and at others, it’s difficult to tell what the week’s theme is.
Do you know of any projects with a similar community generated concept?
Goals for 2011 in 3 Major Categories
– Redesign mellowbeing.com & stick with the design
– Complete portfolio site
– Complete graduate thesis project (still in alpha)
– Make second sweater (Rusted Root)
– Complete blanket (about 1/3 done)
– Rethink Etsy shop inventory
– Paint one large oil painting
– Make felt stuffies
– Learn to let go:
let go of things (declutter!),
and let go of people (reconsider certain ‘friendships’)
There are many more on my ultimate list but these are the basics I’d like to get through.
What are you looking forward to getting done this year?
Last week, I thought that 2010 hadn’t been so eventful and didn’t have any strong feeling about it. Then I saw missu make a list on her Tumblr page and I thought to myself, maybe it’s time I made a list too. As it turns out, a lot happened last year and most of it was on the positive side. Flickr & Facebook photos did help me jog my memory and helped me remembered some things I hadn’t remembered happening this year (had it happened so long ago?)
So, in more or less chronological order:
Menahata New Year’s party w/ Gypsy band
Knit my first hat! (and it’s now my favorite)
Snowtubing for first time & beer tasting
Took out first molar (turned out much better than I thought)
Karaoke with the NewNew team
Longest Valentine’s Day weekend EVER with friends
Visited Philly for first time
Red themed Party
Postcard Swap 2010
Thing-a-Day 2010 for the month of February
First vacation ‘alone’ – went to West Coast
Met lots of great people in Seattle & San Francisco
Bay to Breakers!! (first time)
Missu got free tickets to go see the Net’s last game at their home base and shot a basket on an official NBA court
Bought first Mac: MacBook Pro
Visited Washington, DC for first time since childhood
Mermaid Parade (first time)
Speed dating for first and last time
Started selling jewelry for first time in Etsy shop!
Vended at Summertime 7th St Block Party
Electric Zoo concert (2nd year)
Jazz Age festival on Governor’s Island (first time)
Maker Faire 2010 (first in NYC)
The Scarf Incident
Awesome joint birthday/GTFO-NYU party
NYU Bike Share launched
Got new job!
Got into argument and parted ways w/ friend
Met more cool people
Company Halloween party
Colbert/Stewart rally in DC; visited via free Huffington bus
EPIC pajama themed birthday party
Gypsy party w/ first time cards read
1920s themed Christmas holiday party
Attended Google Chrome class and got free laptop
Survived NYC’s 6th largest snowstorm; crossed Manhattan Bridge day after
Awesome French week w/out of town visitors
As it turns out, there were a lot of firsts last year – there had been many things I’d meant to do for ages and finally got around to attending these events I’d heard of so much. So many great experiences! Also, met lots of great people in 2010 – instant friends without whom the year wouldn’t have been the same.
I’m looking forward to more “firsts” but I’d rather focus on a continuation of last year and make stronger connections with those around me and focus more on what I’d started already.
And with that, I’ll be back with a “2011: looking forward” to-do type of list!