X's stocking has been finished for more than a week now, but the distraction of the holidays, traveling, and visitors has delayed this post. And I'll admit, it wasn't quite finished by midnight on Christmas Eve - more like 4 pm on Christmas Day, but hey - it's done!
I'm very happy with how the stocking turned out and am particularly happy with the changes I made to the pattern from Grace Ennis Vintage Stocking Patterns. For one, I swapped out the charted figures, putting Santa on the front and the scary devil-reindeer on the back. Seriously, that reindeer is really frightening. Dave suggested that in years where X is a bad boy we'll hang his stocking backwards with the devildeer and stuff it with coal. bwahahahah! I also changed the color of the heel flap and the toe, making them both dark green to contrast with the red foot. Without further ado, the stocking progress...
On Christmas Eve night, around 9 pm, stitching away on the couch with baby and pug:
Hung by the chimney with care:
Doh! What's that on the bottom of the stocking you ask? Why it's a set of dpns on an unfinished toe:
But the 2-hour car ride down to the Philly area on Christmas afternoon provided some finishing time:
And the reverse (blurry, because well, I'm trying to shield you from the scary satandeer image):
Taking a size comparison between X and his stocking gave me some giggles. Without the bulky cloth diaper, he might actually fit IN the stocking. :)
And to end, a smiling baby picture. He's not so smiley today as he is running a fever, so we are headed to the pediatrician in a few minutes....hopefully my sweet babe will be back to his smiley self soon: