Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Saga

This is going to have to be a two parter cuz I just realized I never took pictures of the finished product.

Mom's birthday was on Sunday - Happy Birthday Mom - and she's been making Christmas stockings for my cousins forever. This year I decided she should have her own stocking. So I checked out some patterns - found a couple I liked and cobbled them together. This is the first draft.

I decided I hated the arrows I had put in with her name. I'd done it so I could do the name in Fair isle without messing with duplicate stitching or intarsia - but it just made everything way too busy. Unfortunately I didn't decide this until I'd already started the foot - no way I was ripping out weeks worth of knitting. What's a knitter to do?

Why cut the stocking in half of course! I picked up the stitches at both sides of the section I wanted to remove - and then cut it out.

Then i put them on a needle and re-knit the section for the name in plain white.

Then I sat down and grafted the two pieces together - for TWO hours. Much to my annoyance - the gauge was off (plain knitting vs. two color knitting makes for bigger gauge) and I had to do this whole process twice!! I'll never need to read kitchner instructions again. Then there was the re-knitting of the foot section (dam you gauge!) but I'll save that saga for the finished project pics.

The pictures don't do this stocking justice. It came out beautiful and the love that went into making it brings tears to a mom's eyes. I just love having a daughter that knits.
Came out beautifully! You were right, the arrows had to go. And i always knew somehow you'd take scissors to it!!
Wow! What a lot of work - but the stocking is just gorgeous!!
Wishing your mummy a happy [belated] birthday! x
ooo my gosh! I can't wait to see the finished stocking!
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