Christmas Stockings

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I’m pleased as punch that I had the foresight last January to start knitting the Christmas stockings. They are done, all six, and I was never stressed about finishing. Now, it did take me nearly a year to knit what amounts to very little knitting but we are not focusing on that.

We have finished stockings, people, and that is all that matters!!!

The patterns all came from the Christmas Stocking eBook from Annie’s Woolens and were all perfectly written. The only tiny change I made was to add a picot edge at each top hem. I absolutely loved knitting short row heels and toes because it is a technique that I haven’t used much before. The instructions made it really easy to understand. Since I usually knit socks toe-up, it was also quite thrilling to know that I can do a mean kitchener, without even looking up directions.

I’m so glad that I bought the recommended yarn for this pattern: Barlettyarns Maine Wool. It is rustic and woolly and you know I love that. I remember doing some crude math last January to try and determine how much yarn I would need for all six stockings. Miraculously I got it right – I used every skein and didn’t run out. Came a little close with the green though.

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You can check out my pattern page for each stocking (basically just a bigger version of the pictures, not much else) on Ravelry.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Knitting

My knitting time is scarce, yo. But it is Spring Break at school – woo! – and yesterday I picked up the Christmas stockings I started a while ago. The pattern is really quick to knit, actually, and I might even finish this angel stocking today if I don’t have to rip out the heel twice like I did on the first one.

Stockings

They will all be personalized at the top with our names. I am going to make six stockings; four for us, one for the cat (the kids insist) and one for my mother in law who is often with us on Christmas morning. So I’m one quarter of the way to being finished, and it’s only March 5th!

The yarn I’m using is Bartlettyarn Maine Wool and it is so woolly and sheepy and farmy. You know I love it.

Guess what else? Today is Maggie’s birthday. She is SEVEN. Here she is on her first birthday (I always post this picture, I can’t even help myself).

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And here she is at her little party on Saturday, hugging the beef jerky that her father gave her. She is his daughter, that’s for sure.

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Happy Birthday, sweet Maggie!

 

FO pics for Knitengruven

Every once in a while Denise – knitengruven on Ravelry – asks me to take a bunch of pictures of all her FOs (finished objects). She brings her XL Ziploc bag, overflowing with gorgeous knitting, mostly socks and shawls. Here are some of my favorites that we shot back at the end of May, before the kids got out of school.

Oak Ribbed Sock by Nancy Bush:

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Another pair from the same pattern:

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Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers (in cashmere!):

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Denise’s perfect version of my pattern, the Asheboro Hat:

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I couldn’t find this one on Denise’s Rav page! But it’s gorgeous, and has beads:

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Nefertem by Kirsten Kapur. This one is gorgeous, too:

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Taygete by Romi Hill, the one with the amazing edging:

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Perfect yarn + pattern combo, the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West:

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Another Romi pattern, the Live Oak Shawlette:

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And finally, the knitter herself in a black ruffle scarf:

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