Not much in the way of reading this week. I have spent almost all my time trying to get my kids to do their schoolwork. Which means constant supervision- which means that although knitting might get done, no artwork and no reading (because those take WAY too much concentration!).
On my needles this week is a Christmas stocking for DD. I was originally going to make ME one, because I dislike the store bought one I have. The idea of a country style, folk art stocking really appealed to me.
Only once I got my yarn, DD wanted HERS first!
I started out by using some worsted weight yarn- acrylic, so I could wash the stocking. It was HUGE. Except to DD who told me it was not big enough -she, apparently, wants it big enough to put a folding scooter in. At least that is today. Yesterday it was a trumpet. The day before it was a recorder...
I am not a huge fan of huge stockings. My house is small and four of them would just NOT fit.
So instead, I went with my own design, using some of Knit-Picks Palette yarn.
I have a chart for each of the family member names too- with a slightly more fancy font than you normally find :)
I knit that chart, before knitting 2 rows, then a green diamond pattern, 2 rows, 2 rows in snowman background, then the snowman chart. When I am finished I shall type up all my instructions for you!
2 of the charts I am using, come from the Little Cotton Rabbit's Mini Christmas Stocking charts. I highly recommend her stockings and mini bears for Christmas decorations! Another chart I also got online, but the bird, holly, candy cane, snowman and swirl are all my own. Not all of them fit ideally into 96- you might have to add a couple of stitches surrounding them- or do as I did and totally forget that and just make a joining pattern on the back. I will show you that next time- when I hopefully remember to photograph it!
My art has not totally gone. Apart from knitting charts- I have also been working on this...
A portrait of my son :) in pastel pencils.
P.S. You can click the pictures for more detail.
P.P.S. See the other yarn along participants over at Ginny's Place :)