There are some items that inspire us to knit. We may not knit them, but they're always there in the back of our minds, daring us to try. For me that item has always been legwarmers.
I have had plans to knit many a pair of legwarmers, but never got around to it until now. And move over store bought, Melissa LaBarre's pattern is stunning. If you are on the fence about buying November Knits, this alone should push you over the edge. The cables combine with seed stitch panels to create a deceptively simple pattern that has enough interest to occupy the knitter (reading while knitting was not as easy with this one), but is classic enough to carry them into the next season. I just wove in the ends last night, but I can already guarantee that from now on these will be a staple part of my wardrobe. I wish I did not work all daylight hours so that you could have some natural lighting to see just how lovely these turned out.
And as awesome as the pattern is, the yarn carries it off splendidly. This is Work + Shelter yarn hand dyed with chamomile and it is absolutely delicious (Seriously, it kind of is. I had to spit join a section because I did not have any water nearby and it actually tasted like tea). There is something rustic and crunchy in the quality of this yarn that makes me feel like these legwarmers would be just as at home on a farm as they are on a night out. My only complaint is that I wish this line came in more colors, but the humanitarian nature makes a growing affection of yellow totally worth it.
I know, I rave a lot about the projects I knit. But don't let that detract from how lovely these turned out. Maybe it is just because I still dream of wandering into an 80s dance video, but I think these go down in the books as one of my favorite FOs so far and a complete success! And yes, I am still working on the Quilted Mitts of Crazy, but don't you want a rest from the insanity every once in a while?
For more FOs, check out the gang over at Tami's Amis!