Wow, long time no write. Sorry about that.
I have been insanely busy for a while now, and for a bit I wasn’t really doing any projects (except my planner, which I will be blogging about again). However, the past few months has seen me knitting and crocheting like a fiend! Especially because Christmas is coming up.
A project I’m about 99% done with is a new Christmas stocking for our nephew, Korben, who just turned a year old. Yes, his name is from the movie The Fifth Element, and you’ll see his stocking references the film as well….
I used the Churchmouse At Home Basic Christmas Stockings pattern (here on Ravelry) and did a size between Medium and Jolly Big, casting on 76 stitches. I honestly probably could have made it smaller, but also this stocking is supposed to last a lot longer than the one I made last year, which was smaller than the Wee size.
Yarn used: Impeccable Solids by Loops and Threads (100% acrylic), in colorways Red Hot, Grass, Aran, Bright Sky Blue, and Sunny Day. I used a small 7 circular needle for most of the stocking, switching to DPNs for the toe and heel.
The chart I created myself; the design is the same as the tattoo Leeloo has in The Fifth Element, but each element is in a corresponding color. You can download a PDF from this site; I created it using Stitch Fiddle. (My first chart creation! :D)
Overall, I’m really proud with how this stocking turned out. I did a really good job grafting the toe and heel, which is a first — usually I do so badly at grafting that I give up and do a three-needle bind off instead.
All that’s left is to block it, embroider his name on the cuff, and stitch in a lining, but otherwise the stocking is pretty much done. So excited to give this to them this Christmas!
Starting #colourwork on my nephew’s #christmasstocking. Have had to frog it once already because of a major mistake, and now I’m just reminding myself that the witchcraft of charts is they always look like hell until they’re done. #knittersofinstagram #knitting #charts #knittingchart #colorwork #intarsia #ravelry #owmyhands #christmas #stockings #gezellig
Finished the #colourwork! My first time designing and executing a chart — supposed to look a bit like Leeloo’s tattoo in the #fifthelement, but with corresponding element colours. I think I nailed it. #multipass #knitting #knittersofinstagram #stockings #gezellig #christmasstocking #christmasknitting #colorwork #geekyknits #geekyknitting #ravelry
Next on the needles: well, hooks. I’m crocheting — for the same little guy — a stuffed animal. Except it’s not an animal, it’s a popsicle. And if you’ve watched the movie, you can guess the colors I’m using…. 😉