Philip found these old Nikes that fit him perfectly and he really wanted some yellow shoelaces to go with them. I am trying to keep our house as sweatshop-free as possible and I thought about the yellow sock yarn sitting in my stash from the Anticraft heart which was the perfect size for some shoelaces. I casted on 3 stitches and worked 32" of i-cord. They are finished with tape and glue so they will stay together as well as a store-bought pair. I like these much better than the first pair that I made on a knitting spool though these don't sparkle.
I really like making things I need out of materials I already have. While I was working on these shoelaces, several people commented on how it was a waste of time. To that I explained that by the time I factor in the time spent searching for the perfect yellow shoelaces and the gas used to drive around searching for said shoelaces it would probably be faster and cheaper to make them myself. Plus, I don't get the same kind of satisfaction from buying as I get from making things myself. The other day I ran across the Story of Stuff which reaffirmed my desire not to become one of those Americans who use shopping as a way to feel better about themselves. Everyone should watch this video and more importantly learn from it and use at least some of the tips given after the video.