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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Oh, To Fill Those Stockings (Hey, Santa Claus)
The countdown to Christmas can now be done on one hand. While Santa does do most of the gifting, I do get some gifts for the family. I am most excited, however, to fill our brand new hand knit stockings with goodies. I ordered five stockings, hand knit, that have our names, birth years, and more, knit into the stocking pattern. In addition, I sewed on vintage plastic charms, different mostly for each stocking, save for the good luck clovers, fish, donkeys, and telephones.
The woman I bought them from is an etsy seller, and her shop is called Nana's Knits. I ordered them well before Thanksgiving, so that I could have them in time for this holiday. They are great, and between me and the jolly one, those stockings will be packed with both practical things (like socks, and hand warmers) and fun things (like nail polish and hair bands). They are pretty fat, I must say, and may stretch quite a bit, so we need to be prepared with lots of little fun gifts.
Pam, the knitter and shop owner at Nana's Knits has had to turn away nine orders for Christmas stockings since my last blog post, because she doesn't have time to get them done for Christmas. Here is where planning, domesticity, and organization come into play.
Order them now, for next year. Seriously. If you order them now, you can talk with the knitter about what you'd like in terms of color and design elements, and you can personalize them, as I have, with fun little charms.
Store them nicely with your Christmas decorations until next year, and -- Oh! The Joy! -- next year, when you take them out, you will be so proud of yourself for being so clever. I love sitting by the fire, reading my book, and catching those hanging stockings from the corner of my eye.