Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I have a pair of rag wool socks I wear around the house. I love them, but they're finally starting to fall apart, even after adding leather to the bottoms.
I found a beautiful a pair of hand knit ankle socks on Etsy. Not wanting to wear out the toes and heels of these, I spent some time adding leather bottoms. They're really comfy - I hope to have them for a long time.
The socks weren't my only shabby footwear. My upgraded neoprene half-soles are getting old. The insides are starting to shred. Even the extra leather on the bottom is wearing thin. Who knew three years of contra dancing could take such a toll? They're not quite dead yet, so I can't cannibalize them for parts as I have in the past. However, it's time to deck out a new pair as backup, in case stitching all goes at once on my main pair.
My aunt gave me some lovely black leather scraps, so I spent some time making my own leather-and-elastic straps. (This is yet another aunt. Can I just say I love having so many aunts that like to share?)
Adding leather to the bottoms of the new half-soles is a little tricky. They're brand new and haven't been stretched out yet, so how much to add and where to put it is problematic. My old pair had been worn for a while before I resoled the bottoms. Rob has had some ideas how to get around it. I'm hoping to come up with a solution before a big dance this weekend. Fingers crossed!