This year, using my fantabulous new-found knitting skills, I decided I'd knit 24 little stockings. I had this vague idea that I could hang them up in a row somewhere and then I could pop a chocolate in each one for Andrew and he could pop something in each one for me.
I searched around on t'internet and tried to find a fairly easy looking pattern but then I stumbled across one in Homemaker Magazine (issue 25), originally designed for making little cutlery holders. The design was no different; the only change I'd be making is filling them with chocolate and not irons!
I got started making them in November but I've still got about 4 left to make; they will all be done by the 24th, just at the moment we've got spaces at the end of our bunting.
I used fairly cheap DK wool in green, red and cream from our local Shaws the Draper shop and knitted them on 4mm needles. I don't think I can reproduce the pattern here (I'm guessing that would probably infringe some copyright law) but you could use any pattern for a sock or stocking. If you really want the pattern I used, drop me an email and I'll see what I can do.
Once I'd knitted them, we bought some red cord from a craft shop, some cheap pegs from Wilkinsons, a pack of 10 felt sheets from Poundland and I found some Christmas washi tape in my stack of stuff from last year.
I decorated the pegs with strips of washi tape and then wondered how to make the numbers for each peg. Andrew came up with the brilliant idea of using a laser cutter to cut out each number - sometimes it's quite handy having a mechanical engineer with access to a workshop for a husband!
All I did then was use some glue dots to stick the numbers onto white card and then stuck the card onto the tops of the pegs, hanging up the stockings in numerical order.
I don't think it looks too bad, it was certainly good practice at doing stitches such as kfb and pfb and the biggest bonus is that we can reuse it every year!
Have you knitted (or made) anything for Christmas this year?