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« on: December 14, 2007 12:53:20 PM »

I'm making this stocking for my boyfriend for Christmas. This is the first year I think my handmade gift might actually utterly fail and I'll have to give it to him late (we're celebrating tomorrow).  Cry  Please Help!   Cry

Here's how the top looks now. The cuff is a couple of inches too wide, and since the yarn is bulky, folding it under distorts the whole shape of the stocking.

The cuff is already sewn on because I didn't really plan (I know, I know, but I am usually pretty good at improvising). It'll be hard to remove, and I have a ton of other stuff to do, so not much time.

What would happen if I cut the knit piece perpendicular to the rows of knit (so up and downwards in this photo)? Would the entire thing unravel, or would I have a little fringe? I could deal with sewing that under ... that's my hope.

I'm also thinking of throwing the whole thing in the wash and felting it. But that might come out really distorted!

I could give him this gift a little late ... But, does anyone have suggestions for rescuing this almost-finished thing? I feel like craftster advice could produce a better-than-planned item!
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007 12:58:29 PM »

I would say you could hand-felt it using hot water and dishwashing detergent and elbow grease (that's cotton fabric underneath, right?) but the problem is that if it's sewn on, it will shrink evenly and that will distort the whole thing rather than just taking in the extra. If it weren't for that, hand felting would allow you to shrink it down (and also look cute) while being able to precisely control the size.

You could "steek" it, which is basically what you're describing (cutting up a knit and sewing it). It would be time consuming, try searching on that word for tips. And you might still have more bulk than you want.

Honestly, I think you're better off leaving it alone if you really don't have time to remove it from the stocking. I don't think the recipient will care... it's the kind of mistake that bugs the shit out of the crafter but isn't really noticed by someone who didin't make it. Do you have a shot of the whole stocking? It might be worse than I'm thinking, but from what I can see it's not bad at all.

« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007 01:57:57 PM »

Thanks Miss Violaceous!

Here's a shot of the whole stocking (with old stocking, a.k.a. an orphaned sock my mom knit, in the background).

It's not so distorted yet ... it's once I fold the edge down and tuck in the excess couple of inches to finish the raw edge that it looks bad. But I'm encouraged by your ideas, so I'll look up steeking and hand-felting!

Maybe you're right though about being nitpicky. I know he won't care, but I don't want to look at this thing every year as is! I guess if the steeking is time consuming I could just do it after giving the original gift.
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2007 04:59:47 PM »

Maybe this is just me cuz I'm sneaky and mischevious and I know it would drive me crazy as well.  I would give it to him tomorrow as it is.  Deal with it through the holiday season.  When the season is done, don't pack the stocking away.  Redo everything as you would have done if you had had the time.  Then pack the stocking away.  I'm sure no one will notice and if they do, it will be the "Boy, that looks even better than I remember from last year!  You are so talented!" comment.

That which does not kill you makes you funnier-Joseph Fiennes
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2007 08:03:35 PM »

If you think about Santa cartoons, they nearly always have him in boots and the cuffs are HUGELY wider than his legs/the body of the boots. That's what this reminds me of. I think if it is noticeable at all, it's going to be exactly the shape anyone would expect of a Christmas stocking.

If you do end up steeking I definitely recommend do it later - after it's finished with for the holidays (imagine if it ends up in pieces and needing several hours of work to get it finished, at the time it needs to be given).

And remember that it's really about having and being with a wonderful boyfriend, not about a symbolic toy being perfectly finished by December 16th.

« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2007 10:43:35 AM »

you guys are all right. i gave it to him this morning and he loves it, and didn't even pay attention to the safety pins! he was happy to get a "real" stocking (even though i think the odd socks are kind of charming!) and it was cool to surprise him with it hanging there. success!  since i am a perfectionist, i still want to finish it, but i'm not stressed by a deadline so it's all good. yay! i think i will make it hang over a little, sort of like a big santa boot cuff, and then i'll have less bulk to deal with. good practice steeking i guess ... been too busy to look it up but i'm down for a challenge! thanks for the good ideas ... i'll post when i finish the whole thing off.
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