Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Finished Stocking # 1

I finished my first of three stockings:


I used the Knitpicks Twirl Top Stocking pattern with the recommended yarn. It was the first time I ever used the magic loop method. I love the stocking and the pattern was simple and quick but I really should have gone up a needle size or two. I figure it's ok though since the green ones are for the grown-ups. I'll make sure the red one is nice and big for plenty of kid sized treats!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Finished Knitting

The good news: I have now finished the knitting on both of the stockings I am making for Christmas. The bad news is, now I have two stockings which need lots of ends woven in, lots of beads added, names stitched on, and seaming. This is the part I am NOT looking forward to.

Here's my second stocking. The design was drawn by my husband, the pattern is the same as the Christmas Tree stocking I made and posted previously which is an Elegant Heirlooms kit.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

My first stocking


I made this stocking for a stocking exchange. I had been wanting to make a stocking for a while so I figured if I signed up for an exchange, I would HAVE to get it done. It was my first time to do a short row heel, follow a chart, and make I-cord so I learned a lot and now I want to make even more stockings. The pattern is Star Brocade from the book, "Knit Christmas Stockings".

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Mini Stockings

How do you like my collection of mini stockings? This makes for a couple of really fast stocking stuffers. I figure they can be used as christmas ornaments on the tree, as zipper pulls on a sweater or a backpack to hold your kids name, as a key chain, or to keep a quarter for a shopping card or a parking meter. Any other suggestiong what to use them for? Let me know.

Large Christmas Mitten Completed

I have completed my large Christmas mitten for another swap partner. It measures about 15 inches from the cuff to the bottom of mitten. The eyelash cuff is 3 inches. It was very easy to do and I hope this partner will like her Christmas mitten instead of me having made her a Christmas stocking. Unfortunately you can't see the silver threading that is twisted in with both the red and green yarn. That is why the cuff was done in silver. So what do you all think?
Penny

Monday, November 13, 2006

Another Completed and Another Started

I have now completed the stocking I designed for my stocking swap partner. The toe isn't as good as it should be. I know I am over critical. I lined this stocking with a black lightweight fabric so nothing would come out of any spaces between the stitches.

And now for a photo of my lastest creation. Instead of a stocking I am knitting a large mitten. The cuff is knitted with two strands eyelash in silver and the mitt is knitted with two strands of yarn; one strand of red with silver in it and the other strand of yarn is green with silver in it. You can even see where the thumb will be. I will post a photo when it has been completed in the next couple of days.



Penny

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Introduction



I'm using my leftover sock yarn to make stocking/sweater/mitten ornaments for my Christmas tree. They are pseudo quick knits although that cabled stocking was a challenge(read pain in the butt).

I think it would be cool to take 24 of these and make them into an Advent calendar somehow(not for this Christmas, but as a long term goal). Maybe get one of those wire trees and let the kiddos hang one every day until Christmas?

I also have plans to take a sock pattern and turn it into a large stocking. I need to finish a couple things before I start that though.

Thanks for letting me play along :)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Stockings

Hi Everyone, I wanted to pop in and introduce myself, my name is Keri and I blog over here. I just joined last week and I love the idea of a stocking-along. I have always wanted to make handknitted christmas stockings. I have these visions of knitting one for each member of the family and hanging them from my (now inexistant =)) mantle, filling them with candy, fruit and little treats. I'd like them to last forever and have them bring special meaning to the holidays, each and every year. Last year I purchased some stocking patterns from here, holly for me and moose for the hubby. They've languished all year in my stash just waiting for me to gain the color knitting skills to give it a shot. I'm happy to say that time has finally come, after many practice items I was ready to give it a try and cast-on. It was very exciting after waiting for so long!


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The yarn is plymouth galway in very christmassy colors, #16, #17, #8. I had debated using other yarn, the pattern calls for Bartletts. However after looking around at all the choices, I'm happy with it. It was like russian roulette, ordering off the internet in color cards, so I was desperately hoping the yarn looked as good in person as it did on the screen.

So far I'm happy the way they're turning out, I hope a few wonky spots will block out a bit nicer when I'm done. The scary part I'm dreading is the heel, they give you two options, short-row or afterthought. My short-rows are always holey and I've never given afterthought a try but I think for this I'll have to pick the lesser of two evils and go with short-row. They do have great instructions written up, so maybe it's time to give it another go. *Sigh* I can do it!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Another Stocking form Angelika

Hi everyone. As promised I present you with my second stocking of the season. This one is actually for a human being. I tried to keep the colors a little more muted. All that is missing is the name, that should be stitched in the top row with white yarn to match the whole color scheme. I had pictures of this ready, but somehow they got deleted of my digicam and I had to redo them. I hope you like it.
This pattern is also from the same book "Knit Christmas Stockings!"

Monday, November 06, 2006

My Christmas Stockings

I have completed one Christmas stocking which is for me. I made it with a grab bag of yarn that cost $6.00 I purchased from Ram Wools. Below are two photos. One is a close up. I did add a small white pearl emblishment to each side after the photo was taken. There were no duplicates of yarn in my grab bag. I put different yarns together to creat this stocking.




This next photo is one of the stocking I am knitting now. It is for a Christmas Stocking swap I am in. I designed this one myself. The off white cuff was done with a provisional cast on. The yarn is wool but of two different brands. One is Briggs and Little and the second is Lopi. The cuff is a lacey yarn.


The next Christmas stocking will be a very large mitten and not the traditional stocking.

I am certainly enjoying seeing everyone's Christmas stockings. The are all so lovely giving lots of ideas for the future.

Penny

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Angelika's 1st Entry

How do you like my first stocking for this season? It's kinda like a test project, that's why I made if for my dog. She won't complain, at least I hope she won't. I guess she'll let me know by tearing it to shreds, if she absolutesly hates it, but I guess as long as she likes what's going to be in it, I'll be o.k. I just have to add her name.

The pattern I used is from the book "Knit Christmas Stockings!". I just changed the colors. I have another stocking to post, just couldn't find the picture of it, so that will be for another entry. If you can't wait you'll have to check it on my blog or my etsy shop.

Friday, November 03, 2006

finished knitting a stocking



about 1 am, finished knitting the first of 6 stockings

after all 6 are knit, they will all be felted

still have to knit the embellishments

some of them will be knit BEFORE i felt the stockings

started the 2nd of 6 to be knit