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!

another bear

Two years ago, almost exactly, I posted about a bear vest that I knit as a baby present (for my first cousin twice removed, or whatever, I don’t even know if that’s right). To remind you, this is the one I knit two years ago. It says “paxtyn” but it’s hard to read because he’s narrow in the waist.

i knit for bears

Well, there was another baby this year, and another teddy bear came to live with me for a while and left with a personalized sweater vest. It took me a while to get started on this project but once I got it on the pins all went smoothly. There were no gauge issues this time, and therefore no steek was needed. It’s a simple vest, but cute, I think. My Aunt, who commissioned the vest for her great-grandbaby, says that it’s “displayed” with the other bear. No higher praise for a knitter, right?

This bear vest says “conley” and is knit in the same pattern and yarn so they’re matchy-matchy brothers. I never wrote the pattern down or anything, so when it came time to knit the second vest I referenced the pictures from the first vest. Check him out!

I knit for Bears II

I knit for Bears II

Cute, right? Part of the cuteness is definitely the bears, which I believe were handmade by my Aunt! These guys are family heirlooms and I’m honored to be a part of their story.

Trunk Show

Zigzagstitch Trunk Show

I’m taking this show on the road! No really, I’m headed to Buffalo next week to 1) visit my family and 2) have a trunk show and book signing at The Embraceable Ewe in Hamburg. If you’re close, you should totally come. It’s a potluck, too! Bring something if you can. More info here, from my recent newsletter.

What: Trunk Show! Book Signing! Potluck! At a yarn store!
Where: Embraceable Ewe Yarn Shop in Hamburg, NY
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 6-9 pm

Call the shop or email me if you have any questions!

You may not recognize some of the items in that picture up there. It’s because they’re new patterns! I’m going to debut them at the trunk show, and they’ll be available next week! It’s an eBook!

What else is new? This shawl, for one, which came off the pins last night and was blocked this morning.

Thalia Shawl by Kirsten Kapur

Thalia Shawl by Kirsten Kapur

Pattern: Thalia Shawl, from The Three Graces by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
On Ravelry

When I finish this blog post, I am going to wind yarn to knit another one of the graces, Euphrosyne. And given the next picture, you could assume I might have a shawl problem. More specifically, I have a Through the Loops shawl problem. I am not ashamed.

Mystery Shawl

Kirsten is doing a mystery shawl! And knitting shawls in summer just feels good, amiright?
There is more to blog about, but yarn needs winding. You’ll hear from me again soon.