Christmas Bobbles

Growing up, Grandma H would give my sister and I each a Christmas tree ornament every year, each one a special treasure that we looked forward to. Now, when we decorate our tree each December, I love to pull out each one and reminisce of Christmas past.

In an effort to create this feeling of history and heritage for my children, I have given each of my children their own annual ornament. Some years I have taken them shopping and let them pick one out, some years I have made them myself, and some years (when we are particularly broke) we have hit the after Christmas clearance sale at our local CVS. This year is a handmade year, and I’m happy to say that I have finished them all in time for Christmas.

Christmas Baubles by Carmen Heffernan. I used leftover bits of yarn from my stocking knitting – Cascade 220 and Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. I am not a crocheter. I really can’t do it for very long as it starts to hurt my hands after a bit. However, I will never not love the speed at which crochet produces finished objects. It’s magical.

One more thing that I can check off of my 2019 “to-knit” list. And one more memory to add the my kids Christmas heritage.

You Know You Knit Too Much When…

You know you knit too much when your six year old sees two long lego bricks and some yarn laying around and decides to play act knitting with them.

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It might be getting close to time to teach her to knit for realsies. She has the basic motions down.

Christmas Stockings… again…

Just when I think that I have finished knitting stockings for Christmas, I find myself making even more. I counted them up and I am now in the 20’s, between stockings for my kids, re-dos of stockings for my kids, new babies being born, and commissions that I take so that I can pay for things to put into the stockings!

Last year, Little Man was too young to notice that I was a lazy bum and didn’t knit him a stocking, but easy times are gone now and, at almost 2 years old, it is time for me to knit him his very own.

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I knit every single stocking with exactly the same stitch a row counts, and with the same yarn, but they are all unique and I agonize over each color choice, pattern placement and overall look. This one was no different. I ripped back entire sections more times than I care to admit, but I am glad that I did because I am very pleased with the finished stocking.

Next came a do-over for The Munchkin. She has hated the stocking that I made for her from the moment her tear filled eyes beheld it. She was heartbroken that it was “brown” and every Christmas since that terrible day I have meant to make a better one. Well, this Christmas I finally did. And to avoid any shattered expectations or broken hearts, I let her help with the design process. She is becoming quite the knitter in her own right and has an eye for this kind of thing. We are both really pleased with the result.

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My only beef is that some of the rows have 3, and even 4, colors and because I am not great with stranding more than two, it pulls in a little making the stocking appear smaller. I assured her that whatever doesn’t fit in the stocking will be piled up underneath and the stocking size will not affect her Christmas morning haul. So she is pretty pleased.

Stocking details – stockings are knit top down, with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, on size 6 needles. I cast on 72, knit about 1.5″ 2×2 rib. Patterns are gleaned from various sources, including free stocking patterns on the internet, Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle, and my own design. Heel is an afterthought heel.  I-cord loop to hang.