The Stockings Were Hung...
So last week I finally made Becca a Christmas stocking. I saw
stocking a few weeks ago, tweaked it and made it my own. OK, quite honestly, I couldn't figure out the directions the first two times I read it, so I just winged it. Not exactly the same but good. :)
When I finished, Colleen asked why Becca got a prettier stocking. It is definitely the prettiest of the stockings. So pretty in fact that when I first hung it up I felt a bit uncomfortable. Like it was a stocking that would be found in a matchy-matchy-home-decor type of house - not ours. We don't have a great place to hang the stockings, so we hang them from the window latches. I think I actually like that better than having them on a mantle because it spreads the Christmas decorations though out the house.
So let's take a look at the other, less pretty, stockings - a journey if you will - following the development of my tastes and skills.
The red stocking on the left is mine. It was made for me when I was a baby by my Grandma Doreen. She knit it and it says BABE on the side. I always thought it was cool that my stocking was super long and had bells.
On the right is the stocking I made for Brian the first year we were married. His stocking from when he was a kid had been eaten by the dog. :( I think I wanted to go for a masculine rugged country feel. Not what I would choose today. It is made of flannel and unlined. Unlined? How far we have come. :)
This is Emily's stocking. I made it when my husband was in graduate school. I remember sitting on the craft store floor and setting out the pieces of felt and figuring out exactly how many I needed. You know you're poor when you don't want to spend 25 cents on an unnecessary piece of felt. :)
Aleah's stocking. Still in graduate school, but with a larger stipend. :) Made of flannel, fleece and buttons. The back side has snowflakes made out of white buttons. I must have had a lot of time that year. I still really love this stocking.
Colleen's stocking. Ok, she did get the short end of the stick. When I was in college, my roommate's mom made each of us a stocking one Christmas and I hung onto mine. One year Emily decided that she didn't like her stocking. (She was a real pill about it.) So I cut off the cuff of the stocking that said my name on it and replaced it with the red cuff. When Colleen was old enough to need a stocking I already had this one and she liked it so... that's just what she got. A hand-me-down stocking. If it was ugly I would feel sorrier for her, but it is totally cute. I might applique on a big C on the heal to dress it up a bit though.
Kate's stocking was made a bit before I did the
. Can you tell? I really like all the reds, the polka dots and the touch of green rick-rack. So that is our stocking journey.
It snowed a few days ago and is starting to snow again. Snow is so much prettier than dead grass. :) I hope you all have a great Christmas!