Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mini-stocking Advent Calendar

Last night I finally finished my last Advent calendar stocking. This has sure been a labor of love, and I'm happy to finally have it up! We awoke to snow this morning, and since the high temp today was 27 degrees F, the boys and I spent a lot of time inside. Matthew enjoyed helping me hang the stockings up, but I did shoo him outside for a little while to enjoy the snow while it lasted.

Advent Calendar Notes:
I used this miniature stocking pattern for all of the stockings. It was a great way to use up yarn from my stash since the pattern called for worsted weight yarn. It was fun for me to remember back to the projects I used each skein for before it became a "leftover." It was also interesting for me to find patterns in my color tastes: lots of jewel tones, as well as Christmas colors from last year's projects. Since I'm just not that much of a random person, there was some order to my stocking knitting: I made six variegated, six two-toned, six striped, and six solid-colored stockings. I ended up attaching them to a wide ribbon using buttons and ribbon attached to each stocking.

I'm fairly happy with how it all turned out, but I already know the improvements I want to make for next year. No, I'm not going to re-knit all twenty-four stockings, but I do want to find a more substantial ribbon to attach the buttons to. The ribbon I bought turned out to be very flimsy. I think that a velvet ribbon would add a bit more weight, or I may even sew a long, lined piece of holiday fabric. Also, I accidentally sewed twenty-three buttons on instead of twenty-four. Oops!


Tan Family said...

Woo hoo--the stockings are done! You are amazing. They all look wonderful.

Julia and Aaron said...

They look great! So glad you got them done! We've been looking for an advent calendar for Eldon (I found one at Goodwill for Lilly) but the stores don't seem to carry them this year. I've been to Wal-Mart, Payless (a Smith's store), and Hallmark.

Anyway, it looks great! and I'm glad Matthew got to get out and enjoy the snow!!

Paula said...

Your advent calendar is adorable, so are your little guys. (:

Knitty Gritty Thoughts said...

The stocking are so cute! I love all the different colors you picked.