Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Commission...

I went and visited my sister, Shaina the first part of October and while I was there she gave me a challenge... more like a knitting plea. You see, when she got married she recieved from our boss of the Roxy (best place to work ever, a small town movie theater...) two hand knitted Christmas stockings, personalized with her and Heath's names on them. Gladys was the name of our boss from the Roxy, and many of us Weber's worked there, but Shaina was the first, and always was the favorite of Gladys. With each child that joined their family, another stocking was sent to them, with the name at the top from Gladys. She had a friend that made them for her, to give to Shaina. Well, Shaina has 6 stockings, all matching and personalized for each member of the family.... then she became pregnant with little Kimble. Here is where the trouble starts. That sweet little old lady that knitted all her stockings had passed away, and now Shaina will be without a special stocking for Kimble.
Enter Shavonne, a sister that knits. Shaina asked me if I could make an identicle stocking for Kimble, but the problem was there was no pattern! I made no promises, because I knew it had to be just right. We called our friend Gladys to see if she could ask the daughter of the lady that made them if there was a pattern she used. In the meantime, I studyied her stocking she let me bring home with me. I counted stitches and rows, and copied the reindeer picture and made a prototype pattern. I got started on it, feeling pretty confident that I had figured it out. I had to go to three different stores to find the right shade of green and brown, which I couldn't find the exact color, but it was very close. When i was about halfway done with the stocking I recieved a letter in the mail from Gladys. She had gotten a copy of the lady's pattern and sent it to me. I was pretty cose in my calculations, and I was pretty excited about that.
Anyway, I finished it, blocked it, seamed it up together. I was thinking it looked pretty darn good, until I laid Shaina's next to it... It's Ginormous compared to hers! I think it was the yarn choice because I couldn't get the exact kind because I was pretty much right on in terms of the stitches and rows.
So, anyway, even though its a bigger stocking than all the rest, I don't think anyone will begrudge him that. Afterall he is a special boy with a special heart.
Now, I don't think I'm all that with knitting. I still have alot to learn and do, but I do have to admit that I am pretty proud of myself in mostly figuring out this pattern...




Blocking, and setting the picture and before I seamed up the side. I will admit that knitting the reindeer was the most tedious kntting I may ever have done. I had about 5 strands of the different colors hanging down, and trying to keep them from getting tangled was very annoying. I was very glad to finish with it. It was a quick knit before and after that part.

All alone it looks good...


Next to the others it looks so big! Haha, oh well. Merry Christmas to you Shaina (and Kimble)!

9 comments:

Mags said...

Ok Shavonne, you absolutely scared me and I had to reread to make sure I read it right. I thought you had said Gladys had passed and I was kinda in shock. I am so glad I read that wrong.

Your stocking looks great and you make me want some Roxy popcorn now. :)

Sharon said...

wow! you did such an awesome job!! admit it shavonne, you're a crafting genius

shaina said...

Fabulous!! He'll just need more goodies for Santa to stuff in his stocking. I'm super impressed you were able to do this!!!!!!!!!

Valeri Crockett said...

Wow girl, your amazing!!!! I think it looks incredible for having "figured" the pattern yourself.

kdaygirl said...

You are a knitting genious!

courtney said...

That looks pretty cool! You did a really great job Shavs!

Me and My Girls said...

Good job Shavonne! I am way impressed. It is perfect, who wouldnt want a bigger stocking then everyone else. :)

Rachel said...

Nice job, Shavs. I was just thinking that I needed to knit again. You are my knitting idol, and amazing teacher :).

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a new cottage industry to me. Dad is up for a package design and logo! Start buying yarn. You are AWESOME!