These are the Christmas stockings that starting hanging on our mantel 29 years. Ryan's was made by one of my husband's best friend's mom, Barb. I remember the box coming in the mail and being so excited that someone would take the time to make such a special stocking for our baby. We proudly hung it from a shelf in our first home as there was no fireplace. When Lindsey was born, again I received a box in the mail that contained her stocking as well. Since the birth of Ryan, Barb had lost her battle with cancer but her sister took up the tradition of making a stocking for our babies and then made one for Anna two years later. Hanging these stockings have been part of our holiday tradition and one that my kids still look for every Christmas season. The stockings have Santa on one side and the Christmas tree on the other. If you look closely at Anna's, Santa has a couple of moth holes that I have been meaning to fix for a couple of years.
Now that we have a new member in our family since Ryan's wedding, I was thinking I needed to make a stocking for Paula too. I started searching the internet and books for patterns that would be similar or maybe the same one, but no luck, so I contacted, Barb's son to see if by chance they had a copy of the pattern for the famous Christmas stocking. He said they did and would bring me a copy of it.
First of all the copy right on the pattern is 1948 and looks very complicated for my self-taught knitting self, but call me crazy, I am going to try. As I have found in the past with knitting, you just start and work one row at a time and try not to freak out by looking ahead.
What was really crazy about the pattern was the pages and pages of Barb's hand writen notes that she took on the pattern as well as a page of all of the names of the folks that have been a recipient of one of the precious stockings. There are 163 names listed as well as the hand drawn graphs of each name. Wow, I think I really just might be crazy to think that I would even attempt to knit like Barb. But this is my holiday challenge of the year. I will keep you updated as to my progress and we will see how this goes. Today I am headed to my local yarn store, Knit-Wit, to pick up my supplies. I might not get finished this year, but I am determined to do this.