A Bird in the Hand…

… touches the soul.

Having learned of my mother’s passing, Tara sent me the sweetest little care package, which included this sweetest little bird. It’s handspun and handknit and I adore it. 

These have been hard days for me, but this wee birdy truly does cheer me. I hold it in my hands and feel that earthy, handspun yarn and feel the love and support in the stitches. There’s power in stitches, y’all! 

Thank you so much, Tara. 

(You can see the details of the project on her Ravelry page)

Fashion Friday :: let’s talk about legwarmers

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:
52.2 - redemption of a 12 year-old
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).

for Rav: Jam legwarmers
These legwarmers still make me happy, but I mostly wear them in ways unseen. Either under my jeans when it’s super cold:
for Rav: Jam legwarmers

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?
Handknit handspun socks+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?