Saturday, December 30, 2006

FO Picture

With all the insanity before Christmas I didn't get a chance to take or post a picture of the finished stocking. Here it is. I am pleased with the outcome but if I ever knit this sock again it will definitely be converted to the round. I didn't get the second sock done but I'll still do it for next year.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Just In Time

I finally finished my Christmas stocking. There were a few problems with the pattern or maybe with my interpretation of the pattern. I ended up ripping out the foot part and making my own modifications.

This pattern called for putting in a scrap piece of yarn for the heal then later going back pulling out scrap yarn picking up the stitches to knit the heal. This part went well. I just did it loop by loop making sure not to loose any of the stitches.

Overall I like the end result, and am so happy to move onto my Norwegian Hat.

Happy Holidays!
I am over at Alpaca Rose.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


I finished all three stockings just in time to get them shipped off to my family in Iceland for a Christmas delivery:

I did the pattern as written for the green stockings as they are for the moms. I figure they are mostly decorative so it won't matter that they are a bit narrow. For the baby I added on about 6 stitches. The problem is I ended up running short on yarn. I dealt with this by eliminating the non-decrease rows on the toes. While I would never do that for a real sock I kind of like the stubbiness of the toe on the stocking.

It's been fun knitting along with everyone. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Almost Done

Thanks to Maggie and Kimberly's help I was able to get the heel done but not before I did it and had to rip it out because the way we understood the pattern was wrong. I love the actual stitch patterns on this sock which is why I wanted to do it in the first place. I think the pattern is very poorly written. I just have the sewing together to do and then I want to try and do it again in the round. I will definitely have enough yarn to knit a second sock. Will post pics when it's done.

Sunday, December 17, 2006


I'm making the Fisherman Stocking. I've gotten to the heel and I have no clue what to do. This isn't my first sock either but it is my first sock knitted on two needles instead of in the round. Here is what the pattern says and for some reason I am just not seeing it.

"HEEL: Hold stocking with right side facing you and heel sts on 2 dpns at top (outer edges of stocking will be in the center between dpns). Join yarn at left outer edge of stocking (between dpns) and knit sts from left dpn onto right dpn = 32 sts now on one dpn. Continue with both dpns and work back and forth in rows as follows: ROW 1 (wrong side): Sl 1 as to purl, purl rem sts. ROW 2: SI 1 as to purl, knit rem sts. Rep Rows 1 and 2, 7 times more. (Note: You should now have a total of 16 rows, ending by working a knit row.)"

I have ny SnB on Tuesday and I hope someone there can help me figure it out.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Giant Jester Stocking

Hello, I am knitting the Giant Jester stocking pattern from the book Christmas Stockings by Interweave Press. I think the pattern is also in their magazine that is out now called Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts.

I chose Caron Simply Soft yarn in colors: Grape 9610, Limelight 9607, Autumn Red 9730 & Blue Mint 9608.

Here is my progress so far. If you look closely you can see the strip of waste yarn that was knit in where I will be putting the heel. I am at the part where I am decreasing for the toe. Soon I will switch back to the Purple & Green to complete the toe.

You can find me over at Alpaca Rose.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I made this small stocking to decorate a live wreath for my project this year. I will sew on some small ornaments yet but haven't decided just what I want to use.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Progress So Far

I decided to do the Fisherman stocking first. I liked the colour of the yarn so much I had to knit it up. I am using the Fisherman pattern because I bought 3 balls of the yarn and with the cabling I figured I might need the extra ball. I'm almost done with the 40 rows the pattern tells you to knit before you move on to the next step. It's a fun knit. I just wish I could do the cable sections without a cable needle. I don't usually use them anymore but this cable is very fiddly and if I try doing it without the needle the one stitch that later needs to be brought to the front of the needle always drops. I should have this done by the weekend and then I'll knit the Colleen sock.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Just Joined

I just joined the KAL. I am thinking of knitting Colleen Stocking. Now I just have to decide what yarn I want to use.

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Hi Everyone, I finished my first stocking! The name was duplicate stitched on AKA swiss darning. This was my first time doing it and I found it pretty easy, the trick is not to pull the yarn too hard, otherwise you'll get the background color showing out...I used this tutorial. Now I just need to make a trip to the fabric store to find a lining, put it in and it's done! (Well now I need to start on mine!)


Annie's Woolens Christmas Moose Stocking
In Plymouth galway (#16, #17, #8)
US 8 16" Addi Needle/US 8 DPNS



i've gotten this far on my 6 stockings

gotta go pic up the yarn to dye for the Name,
Year & Hat, scarves & mittens

they won't be done by the deadline, but i figure i have 2 weeks and i CAN make that