Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Yarn Along

One of my favorite things about blogging is discovering new people with similar interests that you would normally not meet.  Through a friend's blog, I found another blog, of another homeschool mom across the country who also loves to knit and read.  You can find her blog here.  I think if we lived closer we would be good friends!  So this week, when I saw her event called "yarn along" I thought I'd join her party and make a post with what I've been working on this last week in regard to knitting and reading.
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The knitting item is a stocking for the new little one, soon to make her arrival at any moment.  Knut and I bought our first stockings for our family from World Market when Silje was born.  We got 3 knitted stockings all different.  We knew we'd have more than one child, and we thought it would be tedious to try to find an exact stocking year after year, so we just picked the knitted "theme" and try to make sure that each one is different.  I didn't know how to knit at the time, and I actually wanted more of a velvet theme, but Knut insisted.  I love that man.

However, finding knitted stockings has become increasingly difficult.  Finding ones that are different than the ones we currently have is even harder!  So this time, it dawned on me that I am a knitter, and if I want to knit a stocking for the baby, that would be perfectly fine. Keeping with my goal this winter of choosing projects that would help me practice the stranded technique, this pattern was chosen. (You may need a ravelry membership to view the link.)

I was planning on finishing it last night, and I guess you could say I did, but I'm not pleased at all with how the heel and toe turned out.  (Knut who normally is complementary of my work also agreed it is not hanging right at all.) I've never made a stocking, or sock for that matter, so I followed the pattern to a T.  I think that tonight I'm planning on frogging it back to the heel, and winging more of a short row heal.  (The term "frogging" is one I learned from my internet knitting friends.  Frogging means that you undo your work.  Why the word "frogging"?  Because you "rip it...rip it...rip it...") 

I've never just felt my way through something like this, but I'm trying to convince myself it's not like I'm performing surgery.  I'm a good knitter, and I can figure it out.  I'm hoping this positive affirmation will help because I need to make this stocking work!  I'm not frogging the whole project, and I have no budget or even good choices of store-bought stockings and this baby and Christmas are both just around the corner.
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The book is the one I incorrectly cited my previous post. I've just been reading bits after the kids are in bed and I'm attempting to get sleepy.  I've only had time to go over the chapters on prayer and I must say, it is quite uplifting and calming all at the same time.  I sincerely recommend it to anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with God as it's full of inspiration on how to take the time to just enjoy Him.

12 comments:

Spinneretta said...

If you know how to do short rows, then you'll be fine :) The trick is the wrapping of the yarn part ot prevent the holes... as for the toe, it was probably the rate of the decreases. If it makes you feel better, it looks like the other stockings had the same issue ;)
I want to make some for next year... too much happening this year :)

Elisa said...

Oooooo...I LOOOOVE the sock...I've never knitted anything with a beautiful pattern like that...but I will..one project at at a time =)

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

Oooh, I love the pattern! I just spent the morning froggin' my project. Oh well!!!

Anke said...

Beautiful stocking! I really, really like the pattern.

Genevieve said...

The stocking is beautiful & I love the colours you chose. There is something about hand knit stockings that I have always loved.

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

The red and white are amazing! I am no good at stranded knitting, so I love to see projects from people who are! Beautiful work!

appledapple said...

Wow your stocking is just beautiful! Congratulations on the new little girl soon to arrive!

Sheila said...

The top of your stocking is beautiful! I have a book on knitting Christmas stockings....which I am too afraid to even try at my current skill level....but if you want to use it to see if it can help with the heel and toe, I can get it to you. If you end up in the hospital tonight....I could send it with your Dr. :)

Kristi said...

The stocking looks really great! I would frog it too although I just hate to do it! Nothing is worse than knitting an entire project and have one little thing off!

Wendy said...

How wonderful that you all have knitted stockings. I never knew the "why" of the term frogging--thanks for sharing!

Amy Caroline said...

That stocking is AMAZING! So beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Another piece of wonderful work, g. I have made all my kids' stockings from felt applique kits, and mostly finished Chloe's just before she was born in September. I have a couple more hours to put into it, but my current fiction read is commanding my attention. I have no clue how to knit, but I wish you the best on that one. Blessings, dawn