So, another Christmas stocking. I've blabbered on about Christmas stocking knitting. A lot. The stuff about the first stocking was useful. The stuff about the second stocking was not really present so I guess I can't say it wasn't useful. Anywho, I am going to shake out the cobwebs and hope for the best. I plan on knitting a third stocking next year for our third baby, who is due in April. A boy child?!?!? I go forth optimistically thinking I will remember something useful.
The stocking. It was fine to knit. No surprises or deviations. I started at the top and worked my way down, like the pattern calls for and unlike I did for the first one, where I went from the toe up. Once the stocking was knit, I went ahead and bedazzled it. I DID NOT BLOCK IT. Short of a tsunami, that sucker is never going to see water.
I have an "In Progress" knitting photo and an "In Progress" post-knitting, pre-seaming, damn what a mess photo.
These are of no help, and I am not exactly sure why I took them. Though the bedazzling was not difficult, it, combined with my inexpert color work, made for quite the train wreck on the oh-so-very-wrong side of the stocking. Also, I am not the best bedazzler ever. Or, maybe I *meant* for the boy snowman's arms to have muscles ...
What? Snowmen aren't JACKED? Well mine is. So there! Other than some creative bedazzling, the only other issue with the stocking that I had was its length. Having actually loaded that sucker up with goodies this year, I can say that the thing is HUGE. It is at least an inch longer than the first stocking.
It's the second to last one on the right. The one practically dragging on the ground. To fill it seems like a MASSIVE undertaking. I thought I was going to have extra stuff sticking out of the top. Instead? Instead it was like a cavernous black hole. It looked sad and kind of gaping in the middle.
There was another slight hiccup with the lining. As in the first one I cut, and a sweet friend sewed for me, was too small. I didn't account for the space the seam would take up. Duh. Not winning. My second go around turned out fine size wise, though my seaming it into the stocking itself was a little ghetto-riffic. Sometime I will tell you about the story of my sewing machine, the five+ year belief that I had lost the power cord, and the startling revelation that I actually didn't. In the meantime, I like the stocking a lot. It was not nearly the pain in the ass that I experienced my first go around and I am glad I knit it and hope my daughter enjoys it. If she doesn't, I'll just pinch her.
Yarn: Elegant Heirlooms, Googleheims Stocking Kit purchased from Angelika's Yarn Store
Needles: Addi Turbo Lace Circs, size 3.25 mm (US 4)
Modifications: Added extra stripe around white name band so both top and bottom had a red and green stripe. This matched the first stocking I knit.
Time: Ummm, two years total. EMBARASSING. But also due to my sewing, or lack thereof.
Care: Only use it once a year and don't let anyone touch it.