Thursday, December 22, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas

Lots to do to get ready for Christmas, but one thing I try to avoid is knitting presents for those near and dear.  I am in awe of those who actually get their projects done in time and sympathize with those who don't and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee - The Yarn Harlot - has written many a funny story about all this.

I do like to knit Christmas stockings and finished the Holly Stocking  for the newest member of our family, Forest, with time to spare:

This pattern calls for Bartlettyarns, a good sturdy, scratchy worsted yarn from Harmony, Maine, and although it may not be soft against  your skin it knits up into a nice sturdy stocking, meant to hold lots of little presents without sagging.  The heel was done with yarn over short rows and this was new to me.  Check out this You Tube video if you want to learn how.  Here's my heel:


And here's Forest who is feeling quite pleased with himself for finding a nice comfy seat in the kitchen drawer:


Also finished some socks for myself in an Opal colorway that may not appeal to everyone but I love shades of brown and green:



Happy Fiber Friday!  Check out Andrea's blog to read about talented fiber artists and what they have been creating.                                                                              
  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!




  1. Hiding a "Forest" in a Drawer, huh? ...careful, IKEA might start getting marketing ideas! ;-D

    BTW, love that Opal color-combo! Is it actually "brown"? Looks like shades of Lavender on my screen. -- Anyway, super job on the stockings!

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Ah! That stocking is Rock Star! I LOVE it. Now that I am knitting, I feel like I should knit new stockings for my family but then after I decorated, I still love the ones I purchased years ago. I am weaving an new cloth for our fireplace mantle though. I think the Opal socks are beautiful. Yes, yellow isn't for everyone but that combo is very nice and I love how the socks are knitted up. Enjoy your little guy in the cupboard. He is too darn cute.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Kids at that age are so imaginative ... I wonder what he was thinking? Was he on a pirate ship? He's adorable :-)

  4. Carol--Forest's stocking is awesome!!! I still have my own knitted stocking from childhood, and yours looks like it will hold up even better than mine did!!
    ...and the colourway in your new socks is right up my alley!! Beautiful!
    Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!!

  5. Cute stocking, cute socks, cute kid in a drawer.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh I love your stocking (and socks!). I would love to
    knit stockings for the family, perhaps if I start now I would be done by the time my girls (they are 5) finish high school! Happy holidays to you!