We've already started getting Christmas items in at work. I know, I know. It's July, for crying out loud! I've been working so much that seeing the stuff we have in so far has already gotten me into the mood.
I thought I was losing it, too. After all, I did recently do an 11.5 hour shift... I'm not sure I've found all of my sanity that I lost that day yet. But then I checked the calendar, and you know what? It's only 168 days until Christmas
. That may seem like a lot of time to some of you, and I certainly crochet fast enough not to have to worry really, but I do work in retail, and my personal time gets cut less and less as we march towards the Big Day.
Since I was feeling the bug anyway, I thought I'd roll with it and finally try to make a Christmas stocking on a knitting loom.
I look the smallest round loom (24 pegs) and some Patons Melody yarn in two colours (not Christmassy ones, I know... this is just a prototype).
I started with the black yarn, and worked with it until it was twice as long as I thought the cuff should be, and then used the "hat brim" technique to fold it up. I cut the black and switched to purple and continued to work normally for about 8".
I didn't cut the purple, but added the black to make a short-row heel over 14 pegs. The decreases were fast, one on each row, but the increases were slower, increasing only every other row. Once I got back up to 14 pegs, I cut the black then continued on with the purple for about 4".
I cut the purple then switched to black to form the toe, going for a couple of inches (just eyeballing it, really). Then used the "drawstring gather" technique (from making hats) to finish off the toe.
Here it is next to a measuring tape:
You can maybe see that it measures about 16-17" in length. I ended up using almost exactly half a ball of each colour (about 43 yards -ish each)
This thing is on the small side for a Christmas stocking, but rather huge when compared to actual footwear. At least, it would be if you had normal-sized feet. I, on the other hand, have Amazon Feet, and so on a lark, I decided to try it on.
Just for a bit of a laugh, you know...