Contradictions

My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, and we have no use for Christmas stockings. Yet this stocking is precisely and particularly for Mr. Sweetness (he chose it himself!). The next one will be for me, and even Her Royal Furriness Princess Kitty will get one, in time.

Today is February 22nd, which means either Christmas is two months behind us, or a long ways away! But it’s snowing today, which makes it a perfect day for a Christmas stocking.

Pattern: Judy’s Colors Red Velvet Christmas stocking kit.

Yarn: Raumagarn 3-ply wool yarn.

Needles: US 4 Susan Bates 16″ circular needle and dpns.

Knitting doesn’t need to follow the rules of logic; it only has to make sense in our heads and hearts.

36 thoughts on “Contradictions

  1. Paige

    I made this for my daughter last December (along with St. Mark and Gold Brocade for my other two). Great stocking in wonderful colors, and a fun knit at that. Good luck and enjoy it!

  2. Kristin

    That’s beautiful! It’s funny because I’ve been meaning to knit a Christmas stocking soon too. I’ve been swatching the colorwork for practice, and will start soon hopefully.

  3. Luise

    Wow! Judy has unvented the un-Christmas stocking, and your execution makes it an art form all its own. Can it hold flowers, perhaps?

  4. klaus

    I want to knit all four of the judy’s colors stockings SO BAD, so I’m severely jealous. It’s so pretty!

  5. Gisi

    Your stocking came out very nice!

    For me it is perfectly ok for any knitter to try this out, even if she does not celebrate Christmas. Most Christmas rites are not christian anyway but much older, heathen ones. So knitting nice things to brighten your days ist the same as putting up green twigs and red apples and adorning oranges with good smelling spices.

    So go agead to crocheting snowflakes for the Christmas tree ;-)

  6. Gisi

    Your stocking came out very nice!

    For me it is perfectly ok for any knitter to try this out, even if she does not celebrate Christmas. Most Christmas rites are not christian anyway but much older, heathen ones. So knitting nice things to brighten your days ist the same as putting up green twigs and red apples and adorning oranges with good smelling spices.

    So go agead to crocheting snowflakes for the Christmas tree ;-)

  7. Denise

    I’d love to knit some Christmas stockings…. one day! Who says you have to use Christmas stockings at Christmas? You could always leave a little ‘love note’ or gift in Mr. Sweetness’ stocking anytime throughout the year :-)

    Which by the way is gorgeous, I love those colors.

  8. linken

    I have been lusting after those stockings on the web. *sigh* I want to make almost all of them. They are gorgeous! And so what if you don’t see a need for them – your friends who celebrate Xmas might drop a small gift in them here and there *grin* if its yarn – more the better.

    How was the top of the stocking to knit – from a far the colors look crisp = but the closer photos the two reds (or oranges) looke very similar in hue – was it a tricky knit?

  9. connie

    I love that stocking – the shape, the colors, everything! And it’s nice to have a little holiday cheer thrown in in at the end of Feb. :)

  10. Laura

    We do celebrate Christmas, and stockings are one of my favorite parts. There is nothing quite like putting your arm all the way to the bottom of a stocking and trying to figure out what’s in there by feel. (We always get boxes of raisin and tangerines, but the rest is a bit harder to work out)

    I suggest you take up the tradition of stockings — I think it would work with or without Christmas. Perhaps you could have birthday presents stowed in stockings instead??

  11. knittinginmind

    I love those stockings like crazy. Everyone in my house already has a stocking, so I don’t have an excuse…but wait, you don’t even celebrate Xmas and you’re not letting that hold you back…hmmmm, there is no reason the new dog should have to use the old dog’s stocking, right? Thanks for the inspiration (excuse) to get one. Today, St. Nick is my favorite…

  12. Sarah

    My theory on the stockings this year when I frogged it two weeks before Christmas was that my son was way too young this year and now I have until next year to finish it! Perfect time to be making stockings.

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