KNIT - Stocking
This year's big Christmas project was to knit a stocking for Freya. My mum made me a stocking and I want to do the same for my daughter. While working on this project I found out that Jake does not have his own heirloom stocking. I will have to find another pattern I love and make him one for next year.
I found the pattern on Ravelry and thought it was perfect. Knitting it was a lot easier than I expected. I have done some dabbling in color work so this was no big deal, especially when two colors is the most used at one time. I started the stocking in October thinking I would need all the time I could give myself, but I finished it within a couple weeks. It was very satisfying to knit because the designs slowly revealed themselves, motivating me and becoming addictive. After completing the project, I blocked it (pinning it into the shape I wanted, I don't have a sock form that huge- I don't have any sock forms actually) and since we don't have a fireplace or mantel of any kind, I hung it by the Christmas tree. I was a little alarmed at how enormous the finished stocking is. It is almost as tall as Freya. I used worsted weight yarn when it called for DK and I bumped my needles up one size. I was not surprised that it turned out large, I just was not expecting it that large. I was originally intending it for Freya and was going to embroider her name on the top, but now I am not so sure. I do not want to commit myself to filling that monster with presents every year. I will either keep it as a decorative stocking or sell it to anyone who is interested. I really like it and am in love with the colors and motifs. If I do not keep the stocking, I may simply try again with the appropriate yarn and needle sizes, perhaps even smaller.
Have a Merry Christmas!