My mother’s Christmas dinner table – silver birds and amaryllis lily
Christmas came and went so quickly this year – but during the actual celebration, it was quite lovely to look up and see the faces of my loved ones all around me. It was a nice holiday. I hope you had a great holiday too!
Up until Christmas Eve, I was finishing up the knitting project that kept me busy for the last few weeks… Backstory: I got a phone call from my sister’s new mother-in-law (remember her wedding in October?) after Thanksgiving about the possibility of knitting my sister (the newest member of their family) a stocking to match the family’s handknit stockings – ca. 1980s. I agreed. She gave me a model – Andrew’s stocking – to follow for style, dimensions and colors, and I was off to figure it out. I stopped by the LYS to check out the yarn selection. I came across a stocking kit with a generic colorwork pattern that was similar style, so I decided to take the plunge…
The template stocking had duplicate stitch colorwork on it, and I decided to do traditional stranding for Sarah’s stocking. So, it was not the same exact style, but definitely inspired by the template…
…and on Christmas Eve, I bound off, embroidered her name on the cuff, and added a braided hanger for the mantle… just in time for her mother-in-law to pick it up and take it away. (It was still a little damp from the blocking!) If I had had more time, I would have done a second blocking because some of the stranded areas – particularly on the instep of the foot – were still puckering slightly. However, I am sure that once the stocking was filled with candies and goodies, the puckering would be the last thing on anyone’s mind! Sarah’s stocking came out slightly longer than Andrew’s. Andrew just laughed when I showed it to him on Christmas Eve and said that he was happy that Sarah’s was a little bigger – maybe so he could steal some of the candy from hers?
The Brown Sheep Lambs’ Pride yarn was true to its nature as a hardy and sturdy yarn. I liked working with it. To add a little something special, I also picked up a skein of Berroco Metallic FX in silver to hold with the white wool and to add sparkle to the cuff, heel, and toe of the stocking. It created a little more bulk with the two yarns held together, and gave me an easy canvas to embroider Sarah’s name on it.
Since the stocking was a surprise for Sarah, she did not see it until Christmas morning when she celebrated with her in-laws. She called me on Christmas morning and was excited to tell me that she had received it and that it was great. I was just so happy that I was able to finish it – and that I was able to find a way to follow a template, yet still have some fun and add a little of my own style into it as well!