Sunday, November 07, 2010

ready for christmas

stuart!

leg of trees

snowman foot

the grand finale


i actually finished stuart's stocking a few days ago, and i toted it around for a couple of days to show off 'in person'.

i am VERY pleased with the knitting. though this is red heart sport (acrylic) yarn, it blocked very nicely (with a bit of steam and light press with a presscloth). i blocked all but the ribbing and loop. i wanted the ribbing to maintain its integrity. if you've never steamed acrylic, essentially, you can "kill" acrylic. and once you kill it, there's no going back. how do you kill it? .... with steam. the steam evens out all the lumps and bumps, and makes the fabric more fluid. it needed it too!

i'm glad it's acrylic, because the moths won't feel compelled to munch on it when it's in storage. and the colors ?! i love the COLORS !!!

and, i learned something new ... i finally learned how to weave in the yarn i hold in my right hand when that yarn is stranded behind the yarn in my left. i found these two videos:

the two-handed fair isle technique (particularly “stitch 4”) and,
the youtube video catching floats.

6 comments:

pendie said...

beautiful stocking; thanks for the links!

Andi said...

It looks so good! It's so cheerful!

VeganCraftastic said...

So bright and fun, great job!

Anonymous said...

I love your stockings!! Thank you for posting the links to the videos. They are very helpful. I just have to make some of these! Your color choices and patterns are perfect!

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh how CUTE! I love the bright cheerful colors in the stocking. So fun.

Esoteric Knitter said...

i totally agree with you, the colors are soooooo awesome!!
thanks for the link to the two handed fair isle technique, I will definitely have to give that a try. :)