Hello! I am back from Scotland, with suitcase full of shopping and a head full of ideas. I saw so many cool, crafty, arty things being done all over the place, and at one stage I dreamed of having a little cottage in the Scottish highlands where I have my own sheep, spin my own wool and spend the rest of the day with my knitting on my knee, looking out the window to the magnificent landscape. Ahhh. But it is a bit premature for me to be thinking these thoughts of retirement. There is much to do! Most importantly... Christmas!
If you know me, you will know that I am a big Christmas geek. I love the cooking, the decorating, the gift wrapping - all of it. So, with a few days up my sleeve before I have to go back to work, I decided to get stitching and make some Christmas stockings for all the people that will be in my household around the festive time.
I wanted the recipients to keep the stockings and hopefully use them in future years, so I decided to visit Tegan at Ink and Spindle to pick up some good quality (and beautifully designed) fabric. I must have stood there looking indecisively (and admittedly, half jet-lagged) at their range of prints for ages, but finally decided on a white and a red print, both on natural cotton.
And with that I was off and stitching, and I've got to say, I am quite pleased with the result. I just used a really simple stocking shape, with the alternative print for a band at the top, and a little handle for hanging. I don't have very good hang-availability in my house so I strung up some twine and pegged each stocking to the line. Looks pretty good, if I do say so myself : )
Let's just hope the twine holds the weight of all the gifts!