Tuesday, December 23, 2014

a holiday project: my little labor of love

Did this catch your eye?  Those blue eyes are hard to miss.

It's actually a close up of holiday photo of Miss Bee with my latest holiday project...  When I was taking photos, well I couldn't resist...

But actually this is about a cute little vintage stocking I've been working on for a bit for Miss Bee.  I came across this pattern on Etsy last summer.  It's sold as a downloadable pdf and is a copy of an original vintage stocking.

The hardest part was tracking down some "angora like" yarn without an "angora like" price.  I finally found some alpaca blend that was perfectly fuzzy.

The Santa face is worked off a graph, not my favorite way of knitting.  And with many, many balls of yarn it was a bit of tangled mess at times.  And with soooo many colors going on at once, it was a bit difficult to do anything while knitting this pattern since it took all my concentration to keep track of all those little squares!

I persevered and finally Santa started to look like Santa... although Mr. Red Gate Farm didn't agree.

It seemed that finishing it up took as long as the knitting with all those ends to sew in and the foot was done on double pointed needles... not my favorite way to knit but better than the graph pattern!

Miss Bee's name is at the top... and I skipped adding the jingle bells to the toe, to finish it off.

Santa's beard, eyebrows and mustache came out appropriately fuzzy.

And best of all, I had the opportunity to give my Miss Bee her stocking in person.  At first she was a bit indifferent...

Probably wondering what kind of contraption these big people had come up with for her to sleep in now!

And all around just sort of ignoring my little labor of love...

But then she wondered what the fuss was all about...

Hmmm....

I think she's thinking "doesn't taste so good... and it left a fuzzy feeling in my mouth!"

But seriously...

I think Miss Bee liked my little labor of love,



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5 comments:

  1. So pretty, the stocking too lol. Two of my nieces have eyes like your Miss Bee. They are kind and pretty girls and at 17 and 20 people still remark on them when we are out and about. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

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  2. Awwww... grandma, you did a wonderful job on her very first stocking! She is an absolute DARLING! We went to Costco today to get our Christmas ham, asparagus and squash -- and a chocolate cream cake. Bring it on! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. Adorable and delightful photos!!! Merry Christmas. :)

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  4. How cute! I'm sure she'll love that stocking for many years to come. I had to go to that Etsy shop and sure enough there were a couple of the stockings my sister knitted when each of my kids were born in 1969, 1970, and 1976. I still hang them every Christmas. She was so glad when I didn't have any more kids. She really didn't want to have to knit another one.

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  5. Miss Bee is just beautiful! And that stocking is amazing Chris. I think Santa's face is perfect. I can't even imagine how you did that! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the new year brings you much joy!

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