Blizzard of OZ = Fleece Socks
In the last week, Northeast Kansas got dumped on. Thursday we got 10 inches of snow and yesterday we got an additional 8-10 inches. Schools closed for two days last week and again this week.
Before the first storm hit last week I made sure everyone had snow boots. Late February meant my selection was pretty meager. I found what I needed for the boys, the Preschooler had hand-me-down boots in the perfect size. But for the older girls I had to go with galoshes – rain boots. I got an amazing deal on them – $6! – and they do a wonderful job of keeping their feed dry, but they are not known for their warmth in freezing cold temperatures.
Many years ago my husband purchased me 2 pairs of fleece socks from Landsend. They are fabulous for keeping my feet warm on cold nights – especially when crawling into a cold bed. I have also found that when layered over a pair of my regular socks and put into my galoshes, my feet have a better chance at staying warm.
This brings me to my snowed in project … fleece socks for the children. Fleece has some pretty amazing properties — it repels water, holds in heat, and is very light weight. I had some scraps of fleece I’ve been carrying around for a while that were just the right size to make three pairs of socks – gotta love using up fabric that’s been taking up space way too long.
I found a tutorial that was really helpful. With her advice and my well worn socks in hand, I drafted my first pattern. So simple and total success! Gotta love it when it works the first time. One tutorial I read said they could put together a pair of socks in 30 minutes, and now after four pairs, I believe them! They are very quick. I opted to sew them together with my serger and then top stitch the “hem” at the top – worked like a charm.
Ideally you have three pieces per sock – the sole, back-leg, and top (foot and leg). But my fleece pieces were too narrow, so I had four pieces – cutting the long top piece right at the ankle. It worked perfectly to put in that extra seam.
Drafting the pattern for the little kids proved to have a bit of a learning curve. At first I thought I would simply decrease all the way around. But when the 1st grader put on the green socks (women’s size 9-10) and they were only too long, I realized my patterns for he and the preschooler were way too narrow all the way around and would never work. I redrafted the patterns, keeping the length of the pattern, but redrafting the width using my original pattern (women’s size 9-10) and only making them slightly narrower. As you can see they are working out perfectly for everyone.
Just before the second storm hit, Monday evening, my husband warmed up the 4-wheel drive so I could get couple more pieces of fleece to hold me through being snowed in. So while the children built a snow family, I cut into the great little remnants we picked up for a song and happily sewed. I have enough to make another 6 pairs, at least. That should be enough, don’t you think?