Sunday, February 3, 2013

And the Stockings Were Hung - Finally

At my friend, Jane's, encouragement I'm sharing a post with you that I started sometime in December.  I doubt most people will be interested in Christmas projects anymore since, you know, it's February and all.  Nevertheless, it was a nearly completed post and I wanted to toss it out there to put it to bed.  Here she blows:

Being that this is Kiwi's first Christmas, baby girl needed a stocking.  And I couldn't just *buy* her one.  I made stockings for Little Miss and Kee-ku in 2009, and I was determined that Kiwi wasn't going to get the shaft just for being the 3rd born.  The problem is, the other two have stockings that match.  I used the free elf stitchette pattern from Wee Wonderfuls and made up the construction of the stockings (I just looked inside them - dang, but if they aren't kind of a hot mess of construction I don't know what is).  Luckily you can't tell unless you get up close and look into the top (which, who does that?!):

As much as I have loved putting up those stockings every year, they always bothered me because I made the sock part a little too narrow at the top and it was hard to get much in there.  We're pretty minimalist Christmas gifters around here (it's a philosophical as well as an economic choice), but when I can barely shove even a few little cookies and a juice box down in there it feels kind of lame.

I suppose I could have just done a replica of the girl elf for Kiwi and called it a day, but I just didn't want to.  Because I like to make things complicated.  :P  I still wanted hers to go with theirs, so I figured out a solution.  And it included me yoinking the stockings I had already made for the older two and adopting them for Mr. Skooks and I.

Believe me - - this was not the easiest thing to do . . . LM was apparently a lot more attached to her stocking than I realized.  However, when I presented my new idea to her and after she had a few days to think it over (you think I'm kidding, but this was a process), we were off.  [Ditching the stockings that Mr. Skooks and I have had for the last several years was no big deal.  They are very nice, but I bought them at Target so they're not terribly sentimental.]

Wanting to keep things in the same family and keep all 3 of the new stockings similar (you see how I made that more complicated . . . making THREE new stockings instead of just making ONE new one for Kiwi??), I picked up another pattern from Wee Wonderfuls.  It's called the "Christmas Wishes" Stitchette:

LM came 'round to my side because I promised her that she could pick whatever combination of hair, bedding, and sweet dreams she wanted (there are 8 designs included with the pattern).  Choices thrill her, so here's what she picked:
Stocking 1 - for LM

Kee-ku got to pick his too.  He was not nearly so particular (which, he is 3 . . . no big shock there).  He loves trains, particularly "Thomas Friends" (as he calls them), so despite the other fun options (sock monkey, dinosaur, robot, etc) that is what he picked:
Stocking 2 - for Kee-ku

LM decided for Kiwi what would be best . . . once again this was mix and match from the patterns.  :)  I like the way it came together.  This photo isn't the best . . . the sun is shining through the stocking so you can see a little of the liner fabric I used (some patterned Christmas fabric with some mod trees on it):
Stocking 3 - for Kiwi

Considering that I have a lot more experience NOW than I did when I made those first 2 stockings 3 years ago, the actual construction of said socks turned out much better this time.  If you want to make some simple cuffed stockings there is a very straightforward tutorial on it right here.
Stockings Hung

Whew.  I said I would do it, and I did.  I finished them with a week to spare!  Not saying we will or will not have more kids someday, but if'n we do I've got patterns at the ready.  ;)

Do you use handmade stockings, or do you rock store bought?


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode February 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM  

They look awesome, and I'm so glad you posted it!!

Kathy February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM  

Loved reading this one... and your stockings came out great... love how they all coordinate. Made two stockings this year for the granddaughters in Normal (with quilted strips, and snowman motif) --- now will be making two more for the other grandkids - to be ready for next Christmas. For crafters, it's always Christmas time!

Skooks February 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM  

K - Oh sweet! I'd love to see those sometimes. And ain't that the truth! :)

Anonymous,  February 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM  

They are beautiful! The girls put their real boots outside the door for St. Nicholas day, and on Solstice the solstice elves hang small presents on the tree. :-) So we have no stockings at all!

Skooks February 10, 2013 at 11:03 PM  

K - How fun is that? It's funny . . . LM told me this year that she was going to put her shoes under the tree so Santa would leave her some goodies. Sounds like she is on to something?

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