With my newly developed knitting
I present my recently-finished dog and cat stockings. Full details can be found on my Ravelry page here.
For my two hounds I chose the Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern found on Red Heart's site here. What I quickly discovered about most stocking patterns is that they are big. I mean they are BIG. (You will see evidence below.) The first striped one on the left was acceptable, but a little too large for my taste, so the second time around I went with needles two sizes smaller and got a more reasonably-sized stocking. As I was hanging them to take the picture, St. Jimmi wandered over and started nosing hers. It hasn't even had anything edible put in it yet. I'll have to watch out for that one. Bailey was always obsessed with her Christmas stocking. One year she jumped up and got her teeth in it, bringing the heavy silver stocking holder crashing into the fireplace, chipping a brick and nearly cracking the dog's skull. Once I had children I switched to the light wooden holders shown, where the worst thing that happens is a dog overindulges and gets indigestion.
The feline members of the family get very little in their stockings. Unlike my enthusiastic dogs, who love nothing more than the crackle of a treat bag opening or the squeak of a new toy, the cats usually just look bored and turn their noses up at my tasty tuna-flavored offerings. Since I needed only enough room for a small can of cat food and maybe a tiny catnip-filled toy, I made their stockings much smaller. The original Lion Brand Fuzzy Santa Stocking (found here) used their Fun Fur Yarn for both the cuff and the body. While I love the look of the fuzzy yarn, working with it gives me the pip. I used plain acrylic yarn for the body, then topped it off with the nice faux fur at the top.
Finally we have the ones that didn't quite work out. The first stocking I made, Bernat's Happy Holidays Knit Stocking (found here), was made with this cute Christmas variegated yarn. Unfortunately the thing turned out to be as big as Santa's boot. Actually, make that BOTH of Santa's boots. It was not only long but unbelievably wide. When I hung all the stockings up to photograph, though, Foghorn made it very clear which one she liked best.
Since it was useless as a dog stocking (unless I was giving him a 25 pound bag of Milkbones), I gave it to Foghorn. And she managed to find a use for it...
here. Like the previous stocking, it's HUGE. Unlike the previous one, though, it's proportional. I'm thinking of filling it with small toys and hanging it for a decoration on the wall or maybe the front door. If my knitting math skills were better, I would have redone the pattern to make it smaller. Unfortunately I'm not at that level of expertise yet.
Now that the stockings are out of the way, I can get to work on filling them. I have a great pattern from the Stitch 'N Bitch book for a knit Joey Ramone doll. I think that just might suit St. Jimmi.