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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas projects finished


Today I finished the last of my Christmas projects.  I didn't do a lot this year.  Usually I'm finishing up on Christmas Eve, so I'm really proud of myself.  I love making socks, both functional and Christmas stockings.  When I was young a family friend made my sister and I a Christmas stocking.  In later years, I copied the pattern and made many for family and friends.  Now I see the 1945 pattern is being published on some websites.  The original is much smaller but the pattern is similar.  I also made some fingerless mittens.  Everyone has smartphones or ipads.  This makes it easier to use the phone without taking off your mittens.  Then I had time to make a pair of socks for myself.  I am so frugal that I often buy pretty sweaters at garage sales or thrift stores, unravel them and knit socks from the yarn.  Sometimes it's wool or fancy silk yarn.  Notice the sock blockers on the striped socks.  I love them.  They make handmade socks dry to a perfect shape.  I got them from @The Loopy Ewe online store, www.theloopyewe.com/…k-blocker/wooden-sock-blocker/. Another of my favorite things to knit socks is the 9" circular needles.  I got mine from an ebay store named @missbabs, http://www.missbabs.com/, but knitting stores can order them if you ask.