If this picture looks terribly wrong to you, then you would be correct in your assumption. After 3 hours of knitting the heel gusset, it looked like this! I’ve never made a stocking or sock before so when they said to connect the 15 stitches in the middle, I chose the wrong middle…not knowing what in the world I was doing. I actually cried. Jeff said something along the lines of “your eyes look dead”. It was bad! This is why I only do SIMPLE knitting projects. Ya know, hats, scarves, dish clothes, blankets. Anyways if your stocking looks like this then you have a problem!
Even with the delay it only took me 2 days to complete! I was shocked. I thought it would take a couple of weeks. The cream color is I love this Yarn brand from Hobby Lobby. It’s acrylic (which I usually don’t use, but had left over from another project) and it knit up so quick and easily. No separating…which really helps save time. Here is the finished product: I chose not to edit the pics, because I was L-A-Z-Y.
I also, tried to do a little something different this year with our tree. It all happened when I could only find one strand of white lights! I haven’t made my topper yet, because no where in town has glitter! I bought a cardboard letter S and I’m going to spray it with adhesive and sprinkle green, then blue, then silver glitter. Jumping on the Ombre band wagon. 🙂
And I finally completed my knit hat! For more details on how I made this hat and knitting in general check here!
And if you want the tutorial for this stocking check here!
By the way, I am totally making Jeff a stocking next. Well, I’m already working on it. I wasn’t trying to be selfish, but I knew that I would mess up a time or two, and I wanted to experiment on my stocking first. Now that I know what I am doing, I’m ready to work on his. The pattern calls to knit everything straight across, and then sew up later. I know I’m weird but I love sewing up the seams. Here is a video on that. I don’t know but there is something magical to me about stitching something up and it being totally invisible. I love catching those little ladders in between and tugging them tight. So weird I know! It really doesn’t take much to make me happy.
For Jeff’s stocking I’m knitting the leg and the foot in the round. It’s so much easier and faster. No purling! Yes, I know I’m deviating off the pattern, but it’ll be okay, I do the same thing with recipes.
The other thing I altered on my stocking is for the ribbed top I knitted and purled 10 rows instead of 8 so mine would be bigger. With Jeff’s I’m doing K4, P4 to make a thicker ribbing, for a slightly different look. For his colors I’m using grays and blues. I think those colors will look great beside our silver and blue tree. I might also make the pups smaller stockings one day, just so we all match. And of course our kiddos will get coordinating stockings in their favorite colors…one day. 🙂