Saturday, December 15, 2007

Anna's Stocking

Here it is in all it's glory.......albeit, with a bit of puckering here and there, but overall I'm happy with the way it turned out. My DH said, "geez, that's a big stocking which means it will hold an awful lot of presents". True, but we'll help out with that and I know Anna won't mind in the least, as she gets older and realizes that MORE has to go into her stocking just to fill it up. I used an old pattern that I had as a basic guide but tweaked things as I knit along, including not doing the decreases down the leg which were called for, and exchanging a different chart in the middle for the snowman. I did the colors in my own preference with size 6 straight needles down the leg, then switching to dpns for the heel and foot. For this stocking I opted for Red Heart acrylic for the white color and Germantown Brunswick (a sadly discontinued acrylic yarn) in the green and red colors.

Now that this is finished I can resume knitting my Regia Surf socks which are at the halfway point and I'm knitting them on 2 circulars so they should be done in about a month or so seeing as how these will not be the only project I'll be working on. I'm also into a pair of socks using Fortissima Colori and a cable pattern from Simply Sensational Socks which I 'm knitting using dpns (my favorite way to knit socks, by the way).

In addition the the socks mentioned above, I've begun a ripple blanket for my new grandson to be who is expected to come into the world sometime in February. I'm using Jaeger Baby Merino in a multi colored blend. I'm doubling the yarn on this one because it just feels better that way since using one strand initially didn't have enough body. Even though I'm using 2 strands it's still feeling light and lofty so it'll be nice and toasty.

4 comments:

Kathy said...

Nice to hear from you! The Anna stocking is just beautiful...what a cherished heirloom that will be!!

Knitting socks on DPNs is my favorite technique also. I have used circs, but not sure what all the hype is about...???

The baby blanket looks nice. My niece is expecting - so perhaps I will be knitting baby things too!

Take care - K

Joanna said...

The stocking looks wonderful, and I am sure Anna will love it always!

Hope your holiday season is joyous!

Jenny Raye said...

Awww....the stocking is so cute! I really need to make stockings for my family...........

Anonymous said...

Mom,

What a wonderful surprise to see the adorable tickers at the bottom of the page of welcoming Adam soon to this world and also charting with such joy when Anna and Christina will turn 1 and 4 respectively. The stocking you made for Anna is just gorgeous! We love it and will cherish!

Love you, Laura