I made my best friend a pair of legwarmers last year and she absolutely loved them. They went with her to camp last summer and came back much worse for wear. She heavily hinted that she could use a new pair, so I made her some out of glorious mmmmalabrigo worsted.
By using a 40″ circular needle and knitting from both ends of the center-pull cake I was able to get a pair of a decent length out of a single skein. I also was able to use every delicious inch of mmmmmmalabrigo! I can’t get enough of this tasty yarn. Neither can my friend, so I know they’ll be worth the hand-washing for her!