Kate blogged about knitting objects and whether or not we create them to be heirlooms and I left her a comment about my family’s tradition when it comes to our Christmas stockings. We all have striped, fair isle stockings knit for us, with our names and various characters embellishing them. She emailed asking for photos, and while I don’t have any recent, I do have some that were taken in 1982.
Photos link to flickr, where you can see bigger photos of them.
In these photos I am almost 19 months old there. Note that one stocking is a different color, this one was knit earlier [it’s my mom’s]. The other three are the same color, and my younger sister [born in 1983] was early enough that they were made with leftover yarn from the previous three. TheBoy’s will likely be a very different shade than mine, and he should have it for this Christmas since we’ll be married. These are hardcore acrylic, which is likely for the best in this case. They all have three trees on the top stripe and two candles on the second stripe but they each have one of three different single objects on the 3rd stripe. A wreath, reindeer or santa face. They also have sequins and beads that you can’t see in these photos. I have such fond memories of these stockings and fully intend to take up as the family stocking knitter when my mom decides she’s had enough. I’m not entirely sure where the patterns came from, but I’ll bet my mom will likely email me to let me know.