Or…  How to make a pair of fingerless mittens from that old worn out pair of bobbly walking socks.

Or…  Upcycling gone crazy.

My hands get so cold when I am working, that I find it hard to make the jewellery or type properly sometimes. I’m not putting the bloody heating on, again, either. I could treat myself to some gorgeous hand-knitted beauties like those that can be found on Folksy or Etsy, but today I just HAD ENOUGH! In desperation, here is what I just did:

Took a pair of old bobbly threadbare walking socks and a pair of scissors.

Carefully snipped a small sliver off at the toe end, not the full width. Then made a hole for the thumb.

Voila! See how I utilized the threadbare sole of the sock for my palm area so that they aren’t too bulky….so smug!

 Ok, so maybe it’s a little sad and desperate, but hey, I have warm hands! And I could always audition for an extra’s part in Dickens.

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    20th February 2011

    Very creative, but why on earth don't you want to but the heating on ….. I hate it when first my arms and then my back get cold. I shiver all day.

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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    18th February 2011

    Hannah, it definitely is worth getting some, but I needed some right then! I do work alone at home, so I can get away with a certain 'casual' attire – luckily.
    Cheers, Cat :) x

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    17th February 2011

    I must say Rachel, this post really brought a Big smile to my face. Absolutely Fab!
    I hope it does keep your hands very warm and that spring somes in early

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    17th February 2011

    not rocket science, but a great idea, think it must be a jewellery makers problem as I suffer from this too, did they actually work? Ie is it worth buying a pair of fingerless gloves?

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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    15th February 2011

    well, it's hardly rocket science, but I did amuse myself at my Heath Robinson efforts. Maybe I need to get out more!

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    vintage eye

    15th February 2011

    Clever & thrifty & cute! Love this idea!