Since last time

So there has been a break in the updating, but to a certain extent that should be at least slightly expected during the Christmas break. I have the finishing details of my stockings to show, a new hat/neck warmer/wristy-gloves set done (which I love and am somewhat worried about washing…), and two more squares of my forever and ever afghan. But because this is going to be so image intensive, I want to make sure that they aren’t huge and taking forever to load, so I have to play with Photoshop for a bit first. 3Mb for a picture is just a bit much…


Ok, so that wasn’t so painful after all. And uploading is SO much faster. And I think the colours will be better… and hey, I even figured out how to set my upload folder.  It’s sad that I’ve been doing that manually for so long.

So just before Christmas, I realized that with all the stranding inside the stockings, they couldn’t be used as-is. So I bought this massive red felt Christmas bag from the dollar store (it was actually cheap material unfortunately, very thin in some places) and ripped out all the seams. I folded it in half, and pinned the stocking to it.

I then did the very obvious cutting around the stocking (while being paranoid that I would cut all my hard work to pieces), and sewed the cloth into a sock liner.  I don’t have a sewing machine (seriously, where could I fit it in this house?) , so it was whip stitch to get it all together.

Once that was done, I turned the stocking inside out, and shoved it inside the lining.  I attached it at the top all around, and a couple stitches at the toe.  Fortunately the sewing can’t be seen from the outside.

And then I hung the stockings with care.  No fireplace, so just in the TV room.  This last picture is our house on Christmas morning, and all the gifts we were giving.  The stockings are hiding on the right.

The thing I’m most concerned about is the loop that I made for the stockings, I just don’t trust them to support their weights fully loaded.  And the plastic hooks we’re using might not support that much either.  Luckily, this year the stockings were not too heavy, but I do worry about next year.

I think I’ll end this part of the review with what has become a tradition in our house.  On Christmas morning, we have créme brulée.  I use a super easy recipe, but I’m thinking I’m going to have to upgrade to pre-warming the cream next year – we’re both starting to notice the grainy-ness.

Ok, so there’s my Christmas round up.  I promise, there will be something involving Reading, Running or Knitting next time.

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