Two years ago, I made Christmas stockings for our school auction. Several people who didn't win the stockings that evening asked if I could knit some for their families. I agreed, but warned them that it could take me awhile.
These five stockings were delivered at 9:30 PM Christmas Eve.
But hey, these are really time-consuming, with all the fiddly little color changes and ripping out and embroidery work and ripping out and afterthought heels. And ripping out.
I used the good old Cascade stocking recipe I have used many times before, but the gnomes, houses and paper dolls are from other sources. I made up the gingerbread cookie chart myself
I really love those gnomes. Or elves. Cute little guys:
One of Griffin's Halloween costumes this past year was a fox, so I thought he needed this hat, which is crocheted from a GarnStudios pattern. The yarn is Vanna's Choice from Hobby Lobby, because it was the perfect color for a fox.
|Not the greatest picture of Sharon, but you get the idea.|
I knit the hat again in some beautiful Lorna's Laces bulky that my friend, Christie, gave me for Christmas:
|Lovely model, no?|
Sometimes, though, you just have to pretend you are knitting with LL. This Budding Infinity Scarf for my other darling sister is knit with Red Heart. Not my favorite.
But I had won a huge skein at a Christmas party, and since my darling sister likes neutrals, I thought this was the perfect color for her.
I think Red Heart is a lot softer than it used to be -- at least this skein didn't squeak when I knit with it. However, I still wanted it to be softer, so I went online to find a solution.
There are lots of ways to make acrylic yarns softer, and I ended up combining two ideas. First, I soaked the scarf in a sink of warm water with 1 cup of white vinegar for a few hours. After I washed out the pickle smell with some Woolite, I soaked the scarf again in a sink of warm water with 2 big capfulls of fabric softener. I'm not a big fan of fabric softener because of the plethora of chemicals that go into it, but I conceded that maybe this was the best way to go. And it was. After soaking for 2 hours, rinsing and a short stint in the dryer, the scarf is soft enough to wear close to her face.
This pattern was not difficult, but be warned -- ever other row is 260 purl stitches.