. If you're like me, you probably compulsively collect every free leaflet you see when you go to the yarn store. Of the dozens I've picked up and stuffed in my yarn drawer, I've only ever made one project, a pair of simple worsted weight knitted leg warmers. I did end up wearing the leg warmers a few times. I would have worn them more often, but unfortunately I had used a traditional bind off for the first one and then decided to use a stretchy bind off on the second. One leg warmer would constantly slip down and the other would be tight around the calf.
Sometimes I get too excited, and this keeps me from executing paired patterns the same way twice. The upside is that sometimes my results are more interesting or unique, if I don't make a globby mess. I give myself permission to be imperfect so that I can reap the therapeutic rewards without pressure. One good trick is using those magic techniques that let you knit two things at once. It's also great for those of us who have an inconsistent gauge at times.
I do want to share a happy silver lining to my sad leg warmer story. I wore them on one of the best trips I've been on, when my boyfriend and I went on a low-key weekend trip to Iowa. We ran with the big dogs at the Malamute rescue, befriended Alpacas, and speluncked at Maquoketa. I can't find the exact pattern online, but here is a similar free one.