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Have you been thinking about knitting socks and don’t know where to start? What about a Christmas stocking? Oh, yes it looks like a large project.  Basically a Christmas stocking is a sock knit on larger needles with thicker yarn.  And because of that it may be easier to knit than using fine needles and yarn.  Or “toothpicks” as my sister calls my Size 1 double pointed needles. 🙂 Whether you’re just learning to knit socks or want a simpler project because your time to knit is unpredictable like in caregiving, a Christmas stocking may make a good option.  It’s... (Read More ...)

Image by beccaplusmolly via Flickr When I was a kid, often our Christmas stockings had individually wrapped gifts. Each gift might be small, but it was exciting to open them!  And it was only later we realized Santa used the wrapping paper my mother carefully saved from presents the year before. Santa was thrifty! And those Christmas stocking stuffers were often something we could enjoy for more than just a moment or two. I remember practical gifts, such as socks and Chapsticks.  I don’t ever recall feeling deprived of toys, although many of today’s children might feel that way. You... (Read More ...)

Hanging Christmas stockings is a tradition in many homes. Sometimes the children hang them, and sometimes Santa Claus or St. Nicholas brings them on Christmas Eve.  In some countries, children leave out a boot or a wooden shoe instead of stockings. The origin of Christmas stockings has several variations.  Most involve St. Nicholas, a poor man, and his three daughters. Do you know the Legend of Christmas Stockings? According to tradition, long ago a penniless nobleman was concerned about his three beautiful daughters.  His wife had died.  After her death he became despondent, losing his inheritance... (Read More ...)

Remember the childhood excitement of Christmas? Being so excited you were sure you wouldn’t sleep? And suddenly waking before dawn, ready to see what Santa brought in your Christmas stocking? Maybe even under the Christmas stockings. In good times, sometimes it’s easy to forget that simple is exciting too. This year many folks are considering cutting back for the holidays. When thinking of simple Christmases, I think first of the Christmas Laura and Mary spent in Kansas Territory in Little House on the Prairie. Image via Wikipedia Their home was small, and isolated from their neighbors.... (Read More ...)

When my friend Erika asked if I could design a Christmas stocking, I thought, “Why not?” Why let something small—like never having knit one before—stop a knitting project? Deciding to start at the beginning with some basic research, I plowed into the project.  After studying Christmas stockings’ construction, I decided it wouldn’t be any harder than knitting socks.  And was pleasantly surprised to find they were easier to knit than I thought.                         So just how do you make Christmas stockings? Knitting... (Read More ...)