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« on: December 16, 2007 08:54:27 AM »

When my daughter saw the fulled stocking I made for my Stocking Swap partner, Kittykill, she said, "Mom, you've made a really nice stocking.  Can I have one?"  (She said it just that way, too, which I remember because it was a really grown-up sort of statement for a five year old.)  Well, how can you resist that sort of thing.  My daughter doesn't often ask me to make her things.  So I said sure, and asked her what she wanted it to look like.  She thought for a moment, then said, "Green.  With white dots.  And green stripes."  Green with green stripes, eh? 

Off to the yarn store, Kit in tow, and she picked out her own green yarns.  They happen to be Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in Christmas Green and Limeade, and next to each other in the skein, I really wasn't sure how this thing was going to turn out.  I also had a hank of Reynolds Lopi in "Ash Heather", which is not quite white, but more of a very pale oatmeal, and I figured that would work.  I got to knitting, sorted out a stripe pattern that looked random, but actually repeated after 28 rows, so that I used the same amount of each color of green, and added the dots in duplicate stitch after the stocking was fully knitted.  (I like the slightly raised effect that adds to the fulled stocking.) 



Incidentally, the pattern I used is (very loosely) this pattern from HowStuffWorks.com.  Very loosely.  Basically, I used the same number of cast-on stitches they did, and the toe shaping, and also, but by pure coincidence, the body of the stocking is knitted in the same yarn as their example.  I used different proportions, I didn't use a novelty fuzzy yarn in the cuff, and I made the heel in short-rows instead of with a heel flap.  The short row heel, as you can see in the pics, was sort of winged, and the holes didn't close up as well as I'd have liked.  I wasn't that worried about them because it's a stocking, and also because in the skully one, which had similar modifications, the Icelandia (the black yarn I used for cuff, heel and toe) felted much more than the Lopi, so I sort of expected the holes to close up more than they did.  But really, I hardly think it matters.

I'm just really happy with how she turned out.  My daughter absolutely loves her, and I am surprised at Kit's rather sophisticated tastes.  I think this is the sort of mom-made stocking that a young woman wouldn't be embarrassed to take out into the world with her and hang in her own apartment someday.  At least, if it had been my stocking, I'd have done so.
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 09:20:22 AM »

That's so cute!  I'm sure she loves it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 09:23:16 AM »

Great job Lothruin! I love it. And I must agree, your daughter does have some sophisticated tastes for a 5 year old. That's definately a good thing!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2007 09:25:43 AM »

It's funny how precise children can be!
And it turned out excellent, very cute.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2007 09:27:32 AM »

Thanks guys! 
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2007 09:37:17 AM »

Having met your daughter, I know what an incredible child she is so I'm not at all surprised she would have such wonderful taste. After all, she did come from you. Cheesy

Thats an awesome, awesome stocking. I especially love the stripes. and dots.
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2007 09:58:38 AM »

Thanks, Nilla.   *blush*  She IS pretty cool, but I make no claims as to how much that was influenced by my genetics. Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2007 10:06:42 AM »

I really like your daughter's stocking, you knit beautifully.  The colors and stripes remind me of that fruit stripes gum.
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2007 10:12:11 AM »

I really like your daughter's stocking, you knit beautifully.  The colors and stripes remind me of that fruit stripes gum.
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YES! fruit stripes! man, I haven't had that in forever, but that is EXACTLY what it reminds me of!
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2007 10:21:09 AM »

You guys are right, it does sort of have that kind of vibe.  Totally unintentionally, though.  I was really more of a Bubble Yum kind of girl.
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