Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Made for Walking

I have wanted boots for several years. I am not referring to snow boots; I live in Arizona remember. I have wanted fashion boots. Boots that are cute, stylish and maybe, just maybe, a bit hip. Each year when asked what I want for the holidays or my birthday, I reply boots. Finally this year, I bought some with gift money from my parents.

After asking my friend what boots to purchase, I headed out to Last Chance, Nordstrom's clearance store. In all honesty, I hate the store. My mom loves it. She can always find a fantastic score. Of course, she is a shopper. She will look and look for the big name brand at rock bottom prices. I cannot stand the mess, the craziness and the work. However, my book group was meeting near it, and I wanted to see if any boots were available.

It was crazy. Post-holiday returns jammed the store. People were all over trying on shoes, sorting through handbags and finding clothing. I found the aisle for my shoe size, but store staff had closed it for restocking. As I waited, I perused the adjacent row of smaller sizes. That is when I found my boots. I looked at the size and sighed. There were a half size too small. Throwing caution to the wind, I tried them on my finicky feet, and they fit. Not only did they fit, but the shoes felt good. Woo Hoo! I headed to the mirror to assess the look. Another shopper stopped me to glow about the boot style and fit. I was sold. I looked at a few more styles and colors before heading to the checkout. The boots were mine! Once home, I donned the new footwear for my husband. He gave an eager thumbs up. I even wore them the next day. I love, love love them.

In celebration of my recent purchase, I finished knitting my boot accoutrements as well. The snuggly legwarmers I started last week are done. Unfortunately I realized that the boots are too tight on my calves for my legwarmers, but I still love them(both the legwarmers and the boots!). I used Rowan Purelife Organic Wool for the pseudo socks. It is so unbelievably soft and squishy. Since I am not sure if I will ever wear them together, I added regular knee-high boot socks to my knitting queue. I will start those when I finish my other two pairs of socks.

In the meantime I cast on for another Milo vest. Aine requested the sweater after I made Benton's green owl one. The yarn for this milo is inspired by Ginny's son, Seth and a prior Yarn Along. I showed Aine the colors of the Chroma yarn from Knitpicks, and she immediately selected the lollipop colorway. Secretly I knew she would pick this fun rainbow yarn. I know she will love the finished project. It is so very Aine. For this milo I will probably do the heart cable, although Aine may want the horseshoes.

When not knitting this week, I managed to finish the Yarn Harlot's newest book. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to mothers and knitters alike. I haven't started a new book yet. I am too busy catching up on my magazine pile. I think my next book will be a Yarn Along recommendation though.

So, do you have new boots? Did you receive something you have wanted for a long time? If so, I hope you love it as much as I love my new boots! Of yeah, and what are you knitting and reading?

23 comments:

  1. i did fiona's vest in that yarn! it is so so nice to work with. i can't wait to see you in the boots!

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  2. I love boots, I have about 6 pairs of knee high boots and you just gave me the perfect next project!! Yahoo, I have been wanting to make myself something.

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  3. I keep wanting to knit knee length socks too :)
    As for boots- I too have loads of boots lol :)

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  4. I love those boots.

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  5. Love the boots, they look fab :) The legwarmers are cute, and I can't wait to see the boot socks project (also, boot toppers could be a cunning knitting plan?!)

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  6. Yeah for getting your boots and such pretty ones too! Sorry about the boot toppers not working out, but I guess you'll just have to force yourself to knit those knee high socks! I know, mothers are always having to sacrifice, but it must be done :)

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  7. I have kept my eye out for new boots this season and as of yet, nothing! Now if only we had the weather that would make boot wearing fun.

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  8. Lovely color for the leg warmers - they do look very squishy and warm. Too bad they didn't fit inside the new boots. Funny, I've been wanting 'fashion' boots (not that I'm miss fashion by a long shot, but) for several years too. I can't seem to locate the 'right' pair. Maybe I'm too finicky. But I'm with you, I hate malls and all the commercialism and the frenzy during certain times of the year.

    The lollipop colorway is such a girl color - mama knows her daughter best.

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  9. I love your boots! I'm looking for a pair exactly like that!

    I think I want some legwarmers - have to check out some patterns

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  10. Congrats on the new books! Looking good.

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  11. Those boots are awesome!!! Good find.
    Love your leg warmers too!

    Love Leanne

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  12. I too splurged on boots for me this year!! Yours are so sweet!! And those leg warmers look warm and soft....just beautiful!! Happy knitting!

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  13. Those leg warmers are beautiful! I love that yarn. And the boots are rockin' too.

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  14. Love the warmers!It's too bad that they didn't fit with the boots, but i'm sure they'd look pretty cute with flats too!

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  15. Ahh Milo has been in my queue forever and Chroma is perfect for it. I wish I had some knitter mommy friends... all the moms I knit for would felt Chroma in a heartbeat!

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  16. Fantastic boots! Everyone deserves a pair of cute boots. ;)

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  17. Your work is just beautiful!
    JNCL
    The Beauty of Eclecticism

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  18. oh such cute boots! and the toppers too, maybe you can knit toppers out of a lighter weight? i splurged and bought a pair of boots too last year in nyc. i'd been looking too for a long time! (but its hard when you never shop!)

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  19. They're beautiful boots! And the yarn is divine.

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  20. I love your books! I've been aching for some - I just keep pinning them on pinterest while I dream. ;)
    The leg warmers look so beautifully soft and squishy!

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  21. Great boots!
    It's fun when things happen in a way that make you 'know' that something was 'made' for you, isn't it?!?!

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  22. love those boots, and the special twist stitch on the socks!

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