Monday, December 10, 2007

Stocking 'Stravaganza

Who has the coolest stocking in the whole wide world?

It's me! It's me!

Need more proof?

This stocking is so cute I squeal every time I see it. And I'm not really a squealy type of person. It was made and embroidered for me by my fantabulistically crafty friend Kimmie. I heart it so much! It has earned the Stocking Of Honor(TM) title and now hangs on my wall... er... by the... umm... fireplace... (would that be a firewall?) waiting for Santy Claus.

That's not all, my friends! Look who was hiding inside the stocking!

It's Oliver! He bravely left his rascally brother Oscar to come live at my house, and he offered to come to Panera to help me blog.

(I secretly suspect he had a different agenda...)

So, welcome, Oliver! I can't wait for you to meet Knit Knack. I think you'll be good friends.


In a universe-balancing kind of way, you'll be happy to know that a few days before a new stocking came into my hands, a different new stocking left my hands. Quite some time ago, my Personal Project Timeline Coordinator (PPTC) had designed and commissioned me to make a stocking for her boyfriend for Christmas. Since I had lunch with her last Friday, I wanted to have it done to give to her. I was even THREE WHOLE DAYS early according to her timeline.

Meredith drew for me what she wanted the stocking to look like, and I translated that into a knitted stocking. She didn't want it to be felted, so I double-stranded some Cascade 220 on a US9 needle so it would still be sturdy. I charted the Ohio State logo and knitted the "O" into the body of the stocking as intarsia. I used a short row heel and a star toe. After the stocking was finished, I knitted the buckeye and the leaves separately and stitched them on, so the design has some added texture. I think it turned out pretty well. I'm looking forward to finding out if Whit likes it.

There's no way he'll like it as much as I like MY stocking!


Barbara said...

Do you think Panera has any clue as to the magnificently magical things that occur in their business establishment? Your description of Whit's stocking was impressive, but it is even more terrific than I imagined (in spite of the fact that it has sports stuff on it). I thought Kimmie's stocking description sounded delightful, but it didn't come close by miles to the actual stocking! Way to go, Kimmie! Your favorite-Brooke's-Mommie loves you! The detailed work of the stocking is exceeded only by the reading turtle hanging on my family room wall! You are a gem!!!

Mandy said...

Oh, Brooke! The OSU stocking is beyond amazing! I lurve it. :)

Annabelle said...

Both stockings totally rock and I'm jealous of your Panera. I have to travel for miles and miles to get to the nearest one and it's just not the same :(

Kimmie said...

I'm glad you like your stocking! I had fun making it! And I'm glad to hear that Oliver will have a nice home with good friends. Also I love the stocking you made too - its way more intricate than I could ever do!

KelInCal said...

I love both stockings - I can't decide which one I love more! You rocked on the Ohio stocking - that logo looks great!

Meredith said...

It's me, Meredith your PPTC! Whit loved his stocking. He was in shock and I could tell it meant a lot to him. I made sure to let him know this is a one of a kind, created especially for him. He got a kick out of the drawing we signed off on in know me, let's keep things official and timely!