I have a confession: I love a good knee-hi trouser sock. It may not be the sexiest accessory, but it certainly adds an unexpected sass when it comes to wintertime; there is nothing cozier to me than to squish my lower leg into a heavy-knit sweater sock and tie off the circulation around my knee. I feel extra warmth (numbness?) from the knees down and suppose that this feeling of comfort is what Laura Ingalls Wilder felt every day after Christmas.
Shockingly, the elasticity on my trouser socks are less than reliable and I find that by the next winter, my year-old knee-hi's find themselves puddled around my ankle before I even make it to work. My husband calls this syndrome "drunken socks," as in falling down drunk. These poor, inebriated souls have been sequestered to my sock drawer after pestering me throughout the day and find themselves amongst a growing batch of loosey goosies every year.
As I clean out my closet every season, I continue to come across these forlorn hosiery not knowing what to do with them, until I found my two-year-old the other day, dressed up in a pair of jean shorts and a cloth belt tied around her forehead. She definitely has an eighties baby's soul in her (oh, joy!) and I immediately knew how to extend the life of my beloved trouser socks.
In three easy steps, you can make awesome leggings for your toddler: