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.


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.


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.


A Thank You Note to Our Mystery “Santa”

You left gifts on our doorstep,

And filled our pantry with good things to eat,

You put grocery money in my wallet,

And socks on the kids feet,

Thank you


I don’t know who it was that did it,

And I can’t hug you tight,

You chose to remain a secret,

Playing Santa on Christmas Eve night

Thank you


We were so surprised to find it all,

Piled up outside our door,

I stood with tears filling my eyes,

My kids opened gifts on the floor,

Thank you


The clothes all fit perfectly,

The food is exactly what I’d get,

You made our Christmas magical,

One that we will never forget,

Thank you


I absolutely adore the nativity set that we use (Evi Nativity Set found here). I have been collecting it piece by piece over the last couple of years and still don’t have all of it. What I do have, though, gets lots of love. And I enjoy finding it in the interesting arrangements that the kids are known to leave it in. Like this one that I entitled “Joseph, Mary, and Angel are all really into Jesus!”

IMGP1324All kidding aside, I think that this set is awesome because it is a toy that can be played with and loved


yet still looks gorgeous on the coffee table.


I need to knit some better sheep, though. 


Trimming the Tree

I love Christmas time! We get out the box of ornaments, each with it’s memories, and hang them on the tree with Christmas music playing, and hot cocoa sipping, and new memory making.

IMGP1285 IMGP1286 IMGP1294Then we sit down and watch “White Christmas” while we string popcorn and cranberries.

IMGP1302 IMGP1305 IMGP1306‘Tis the season to be jolly.



Knit Faster!

Ack! It’s December first! WHERE DID THE YEAR GO?!?!?

If you’re anything like me, you are behind in your Christmas knitting and starting to wonder if your long to-do list of gift knits  is anything short of utter insanity. Maybe it’s time to switch out plans for those argyle socks for something more simple, and to toss out all projects that have a gauge of 6 stitches to the inch or more and start focusing on 3 stiches per inch projects?

Quick knits. That’s what I’m talking about. And I have a few gems to share – knits that I have found to be fast, simple, and excellent for giving.

1. Seafoam Scarf (and other drop stitch scarves and cowls)

IMGP0966That wonderful drop stitch adds inches to the length of the scarf in just one row! This thing flies off the needles, and a decently long scarf can be made in the space of a good chick flick or two. Mine was knit in my own handspun. Ravelry project page here.

2. Turkish Bed Socks

IMGP1046This pattern is super quick, super easy, and makes a really nice pair of socks. I wear mine all of the time and my girls love the ones that I have made for them as well. I have knit this pattern many times, but the only picture I have is of the pair that was knit for me by my knitting buddy.

3. Mini Sock Monkeys



These tiny critters are great crowd pleasers – just ask my crowd! Once I got the hang of them, I could knit one in less than a half an hour and they only require the tiniest bit of leftover sock yarn.

4. Flower Fairies

20110923-100739_mediumGranted, you need some little peg people to make these cuties, but those are easily and cheaply found online (I get mine from here). The girlies love them and they are easily altered to make gnomes and girls and all kinds of little characters. (see my variations here)

5. Wren Headband (or any of the 2131 headbands and earwarmers found on Ravelry here)

IMGP2626_medium2At the risk of sounding self serving, I designed this little knit to be a quick, easy, and impressive gift.

On top of that, there are 4085 patterns on Ravelry that can be made out of under 150 yards of bulky weight yarn! (look here!) Just on the first page I see a knitted beard, a hat pattern for the whole family, and a very cute short scarf.

Now, what are you waiting for? Only 24 more days until Christmas!