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:
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:
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):
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.
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?