Finally, I have pictures of the Christmas 2013 project here at Stitchknit. This took a full year, from November 2012 and they were picked up November 2013.
It took me until February to source the materials, matching the 2 ply wool yarn was the toughest. Ordered white Angora to match the hair and beard and discovered they were actually cream. Finally got my materials and then tackled the “notes” from the original knitter. These were truly notes. Not a pattern as we know patterns today. The notes started from the cast on at the top of the sock and had some detail regarding the Santa face……….but the directions stopped at the heel flap! Said to just continue as a sock! Good thing I love sock knitting, and after painstakingly counting stitches on the original………just barreled ahead. I was sweating the supplies I had ordered, as I truly am NO good in figuring yards, ounces and such. Once I had the first stocking done (minus the double knitting at the top, the bells and the personalization) I felt so much better with the amount of yarn I had for the remaining 3.
Inching towards summer at this point and starting to see the November deadline flashing in front of me! Implemented an hour a day on this project which helped me see consistent progress and kept me from away from full-blown crazy.
Saved the fussy bits at the top of the sock until I had all 4 stockings knit and sewn up the back. (yes, the original had them worked flat until the Santa was knit, then joined & worked on double points. Did the double knitting on all 4, added the bells and then stitched on the names. Stopped mid way to block these before the bells went on…. Getting ahead of myself here.
Best news ever…….I did finish them on time, the client picked them up before Thanksgiving, so they could have their traditional decorating event that weekend. Thanks to Rachel from nomarkatall.etsy.com I have pictures to remember the project. The client gave me permission to write up a complete pattern to offer in my Etsy shop too, so the pictures are ready to go!
Now, I just need to write up a pattern & share this vintage goodness!