Yes, she can!
In 1977, with the birth of my first child, I started a tradition of making a new Christmas stocking every year. As the years went by and I had more children, I made more stockings. Then, the children started to marry, and I added the spouses. And, as it will happen, grandchildren trickled in! It got to be quite a lot of stockings to make and fill.
Last year, we copied my sister and adopted a new policy for stockings--we decided to exchange names and fill one stocking each, instead of me filling all of them. This is a lot of fun (and a LOT less work!), and I was gloating over the fact that I wouldn't have to make and fill nine stockings, when my oldest daughter said "But Mom, you're still going to make our stockings, right?"
Well, of course I was. Didn't I always? Then I realized that I had to make 9 for kids. spouses, and grandkids, plus two more--one for me and one for their dad. Ok--making eleven stockings is still better than making and filling nine.
I squeaked in under the wire last year, with 11 knitted stockings. This year, I plan to sew some and knit some...but will I make it? You can track my progress here as I stumble my way to 11 finished stockings!
Note--9/29/06: My Daughter just informed me that, since she has had her current boyfriend for ten months, I have to make HIM a stocking, too! So, the count is now up to twelve. Sigh. Just when I thought I was making good time.
I'm teaching a stocking class with my sister, Bobbi, this next weekend, and since I had to make class samples, I figure I'm already three ahead! This was a fantastically easy method, and the stockings are really cute. Perfect to show off that favorite fat quarter. Three down, and eight to go.
I searched through my work log until I found last year's notes on the Christmas stockings, and found where I had developed my own heel. I have another stocking on the needles already, and plan to use my heel pattern. This one is a stocking I did last year, where the stripes spiral down. It's a really easy to make pattern, and so pretty when done! This one is in Hufflepuff colors of yellow and black. The cuff on this stocking has a K1, P1 pattern, just for something different.
In the meantime, I made three little pet stockings. I hadn't intended on making them, but the fabric I had prepared for a regular stocking proved to be an half in too narrow (of course!) so my sister suggested the little pet stockings instead! I managed to get three from the fabric. I was then forced (sigh) to shop for cute little pet buttons for the stockings! Oh, the pain of it all.
But these do!!! Woo-hoo!
4 More to go!
10-25-06 These stockings are just purrfect. (sorry. I could not resist>)
Three more--but these don't count, as I bought them at a Craft Fair this weekend. Sigh
These will be filled for other family members.
But these do! woo-hoo!
I'd totally forgotten that the stockings had to be done way before Christmas, so they could be passed around to the family members to fill. sigh. Luckily, I am on my way to being totally finished!
THE LAST ONE!
Oh, the joy, pure delight! Done at last....until I start next year's round.
These are some I found, and have not made. So, print out and make at your own 'risk'!
They just look like something I might make 'someday'.
Some of the links are just to fun Christmas stuff!