When the storm blew in this weekend, it sadly canceled all of our
planned holiday parties and festivities. The bright side of that was a
cozy, at-home weekend with some unexpected time to make things. I found
myself working on this project had nearly written off for
another year. On the year of each of the boys births, I knit them their stocking. And somewhere along the way, made one for Steve and I as well. But Adelaide - well, that first holiday season of hers she was just three months old. And the boys were 2 and 4, and I was one really tired Mama. That year I made a 'temporary' stocking, assuring myself that the following year I'd have more time and energy to make one I really loved. It didn't happen last year. I was a year off, but who cares - it finally happened this weekend. It came out just as I've imagined it to be in my head for a long time.
The embroidery is Hillary's Elf Stitchette. Adelaide says that it's her holding me. Oh, gosh - what those kids do to my heart is crazy. The base of the stocking is a worn and soft vintage matelasse bedspread that belonged to my grandmother. The other bits and pieces are all quilt pieces I've found, treasured and squirreled away for just the right project. Like this one.
I had no idea that a full set of family stockings complete could bring me such happiness. But it does. It really does.