Are they still a thing?
I mean, for awhile they were really hot in the knitting world. Legwarmers were one of the first thing I wanted to make when I first learned to knit. Specifically, I was taken with these Postmodern Legwarmers by Stefanie Japel. I never made them, but I always loved the looks of them.
But I finally made my own pair in early 2010:
These are made from my own handspun and I LOVE them. They were a kind of loveletter to my twelve year-old self. You can read all about that here (as well as reading about how I made them).
Or around the house with multiple other handknits when I’m looking for some extra cozy. Don’t you think I need to add a pair to this fetching ensemble of knee-high handspun socks and handspun slippers?
But to be honest, I never wear them out in public, where they can actually be seen as legwarmers – like with a skirt, for instance, or on top of skinny jeans. And I’m not sure if I’ve noticed other people wearing them much either. So I’m wondering – are legwarmers a thing right now or not? Do people besides knitters like them these days? (and are they even a thing in the knitting world right now?) I feel totally out of touch with where we all stand on this particular trend at the moment.
Legwarmers are such a handy thing to make out of a 4-ounce bump of handspun. I’ve thought of occasionally making some for gifts (I certainly don’t need more for myself), but I don’t like making things for people that won’t actually get used.
What are your thoughts on this very pressing fashion question?