Remembering that I started my toon with Skinning and Herbalism, I sat down and looked out how much Leather I need to stockpile before I drop Skinning and power-level Leatherworking.
1-30 [30 Light Armor Kits] – 30 Light Leather
30-50 [20 Handstitched Leather Cloaks] – 40 Light Leather
50-55 [5 Handstitched Leather Belts] – 30 Light Leather
55-85 [30 Embossed Leather Gloves] – 90 Light Leather
85-100 [15 Fine Leather Belts] – 90 Light Leather
[10 Medium Armor Kits] – 40 Medium Leather
I can’t imagine that I’d need more than 10 Medium Armor Kits for my end-game gear considering I’ll have a pile of the lesser Light Armor Kits for anything else I’d like to put some armor on (even if I have 3 sets of gear: Caster, Flag Runner, and Feral). Also, I’ll have some Ruined Leather Scraps saved up, which will end up just being extra Light Leather. I’m not counting those a) because I don’t know how many I’ll get, and b) if I don’t happen to get a skillup when I need one, this gives me some extra breathing room. This’ll also leave me with a nice pile of 45 greens to Disenchant when I pick up Enchanting. (Ah! Gotta get those bags!)
So that leaves me needing 280 Light Leather and 40 Medium Leather…I still have a ways to go. Looks like I’ll probably be at or close to lvl20 before I get what I need.
Also, finding Medium Leather is a bit of a trick. We can only skin up to level 20 mobs and Medium Leather only starts dropping with regularity at around level 22. The best source of Medium Leather I’ve found is to run Wailing Caverns. Also, you can convert 4 Light Leather into 4 Medium Leather with Leatherworking.
Edit: now that I power-leveled Leatherworking, I was able to get from 1-30 just by making Light Leather from Ruined scrapes…and I had enough Leather to make 19 Medium Armor Kits. 🙂