In all of my free time… (ha!)

… I’ve been doing a little crafting! Yes, that exclamation point is totally justified (even though I am a serial over-exclamation-er, I admit.)

I love to knit, stitch, and sew, and I think I’m actually pretty good at it, but I almost never make the time to do it these days. Back in my pre-kid days, I was churning out hand-knit socks, baby quilts for all my friends’ kids, even sweaters! (At one point my husband claimed I “owed” him a birthday sweater every year.  Do you know how long it takes to knit a man-sized sweater?! He wisely hasn’t mentioned that lately!)

Anyway, all of that just gives you a little background about me since you probably weren’t reading my blog back in the dark ages when this was almost exclusively a knitting blog.

I am working on two projects that I hope to finish by Christmas. One is a cross-stitch piece that I’m going to give as a gift, so I’ll just give a little sneak-peek here.

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My other project is a knitted Christmas stocking for baby Sam, to match the ones I made a few years ago for my husband, Josiah & I. I know it will look really great when it’s done, but now I’m wishing I hadn’t been quite so ambitious back in the day — this thing is HUGE and the knitting is fairly complicated.

Pattern: Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Pattern: Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting

I conquered the intarsia section during a long car trip a few weeks ago, and now I just have the stranded section to deal with. The rest is easy.  The only question is what pattern I should put in the intarsia section.  I only followed the snowflake pattern on the first one I knit, and I invented new patterns for the other two.

Snowflakes & Christmas trees!  This one is Josiah's, I think.

Snowflakes & Christmas trees! This one is Josiah’s, I think.  

So what do you think?  Should I come up with a fun pattern, or should I just make life a little easier and follow the snowflake pattern as written?

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18 thoughts on “In all of my free time… (ha!)

    • I still have a little ways to go before I have to decide about the stocking pattern. Maybe if I had some help from a friendly fellow knitter, I could figure out a unique pattern for this one, too. I would love to get together and knit with you!

  1. I’d probably come up with a fun pattern, because I’m dorky like that, but it will look great no matter what you do! I didn’t know your blog as a crafting blog. I’ll have to go back and look!
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  2. When we were growing up, my sister and I had Christmas stockings that were handmade by my aunt. They were always so meaningful to us because of that. I’d really like to make some for my own kids, but I don’t knit or sew well, so I’d have to do something extremely simple.

    I love the cross stitch against a black background. It stands out so much more than what I typically see, which is against a white or ivory background. Maybe after you’ve given the gift you can show us the finished product? I’d love to see it!
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    • Yes, I will definitely share the finished cross-stitch project after I’ve given it as a gift! I agree that the black fabric really makes the stitching stand out, but *oh my gosh* is it hard to see what I’m doing! It’s a bright daylight only project.

  3. I’m not one to give you advice – I can’t sew at all! I went through a cross stitch period in my early 20s, but hung up my loop and needle a long time ago. I wish I could create things as beautiful as those stockings, though!
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  4. The stocking is awesome!! I love homemade knitted things. I know I don’t have the attention to detail or patience to make them myself, but I definitely appreciate them.
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    • That makes you the best kind of knitted-gift recipient! Nothing makes me crazier than working hard on a crafty gift for someone, only for them to say something like: Oh, I saw one like that on sale at Target!

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