Christmas has always been a magical time for me. The twinkling lights that spring up in late November bring back memories of the glittering, warm, homey holidays of my childhood. Now with a little one in tow I've got the joy and responsibility of giving her magical memories to cherish for the rest of her life. So, twinkle lights were hung, trees were put up and decorated, cookies were baked and enjoyed, and many many winter markets were visited. I know this first Christmas will only be truly remembered and held dear by Mama and Papa. Therefore, a hand knit (or two) needed to make an appearance this year so that something tangible will survive.
This stocking was knit up in Encore 10 Merry and Red Heart Shimmer Red and used just under a ball of the former and just a bit of the latter (for the cuff, heel, and toe). I knit a basic sock pattern (a good standby can be found here on Susan B. Anderson's blog) casting on 64 stitches on US size 8 DPNs and eyeballing the length of leg and foot.
There are little errors here and there since - and I am embarrassed to admit this on such a public forum - this is the first ever sock I've knit to completion. Can I just say that I'm thankful that it's not a matched set? In any event, I think the mistakes make this handknit more special. They prove that a person labored on it with love and perhaps sometimes tired fingers. I hope that it's treasured in winters to come.