Last December I started knitting stockings for our family. I finished two of them, then put them aside, because it wasn't Christmas anymore. I figured that I'd finish the other 2 this year. February and March and April came and went, and I did nothing with the stockings. Then May hit and I had to start getting my inventory up for markets. Then June - September came, and went. Still nothing happened with the stockings.
Now we are in October - and I'm in my busiest knitting part of the year (for Christmas shows). I did pull out the stockings, and sadly, decided that they were ugly, I didn't want to knit (now) 3 more of them, and the yarn would be better used for owl hats!
So I went on an etsy prowl for stockings, thinking I could purchase them. I did find some very beautiful ones. But at $50 a pop, that comes to $250 for stockings for our family!
As this is transpiring, the nutty, creative part of my brain piped up and said - "Nona - you are sewing now. The stockings you love don't look "that" hard. Why don't YOU make them?!?!" :) And for once, this part of my brain wasn't over stepping, or getting bigger than my ability (although this does often happen).
I popped over to YouTube for some instructional inspiration. Then off to the fabric store I went to gather supplies. I came home with some "trial" fabric, and within 2 hours, had whipped out my first stocking! It was so cute! And best off all, with the supplies I purchased, I was able to make 4 stockings, not just one with that fabric.
So back to the fabric store I went to get supplies in a few more colors. And as of this morning, I have finished 8 stockings! Whoohooo!!! I'm going to keep working on them this week in the other colors. I decided that we'll keep one of each color for our family, and then sell the extras. Hopefully I'll have a nice assortment finished by the 22nd for my next big show. And hopefully people will want to buy them!
Here are photos of the finished ones. :) Tomorrow, I'll post the process. It's not quite step-by-step, but enough to get the idea of how I made them.
You might be wondering about names/personalization. At this point I don't have a way to machine embroider them. Our family isn't going to put names on ours. That way, every year the kids can pick a different color and no one has to complain that "they always get stuck with the ugly yellow one". It would be totally possible to hand embroider a name on, but I want to keep the price low, and can't do that if I have to personalize them.
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