I finally finished a holiday stocking I have been working on forever. I mean forever--the charts were formatted in Pagemaker. I had intended to have the sample knit and pattern ready to publish in time for Christmas...2010.
That didn't happen, but now I'll have the pattern ready to go by February, and really, that's about the right time to start one's holiday knitting, right?
The design utilizes two of my favorite Nordic motifs:
-and stars & nets-
This stocking developed out of a class I taught back in 2007. The focus was an introduction to Scandinavian knitting techniques, and the class project was a Nordic Christmas stocking. Although the pattern, or at least variations of the pattern, have been around for four years, I am just now getting around to publishing it.
Aside from having to update the charts to Knit Visualizer, I've been a little hung up about the colors--four years ago, my color selection was based on what I wanted for me, not on what the best colors for a promotional sample might be. The yarn is Hifa 2, in a light blue (a pretty traditionally Norwegian color choice), chocolate brown, and raspberry.
I love the colors. When I was in design school, my color theory teacher commented that my innate color sensibilities are firmly rooted in the early 20th century (not a bad thing).
An image by Erte; not the source of the palette for my stocking, but I can see where my teacher was coming from when she made that comment.
Anyway, I've been wrestling with the colors, wondering if I should re-knit the stocking in a more conventional holiday palette. And I've come to the decision to stand by my original choices, and leave the colors as they are.
Onward then, to updating the chart, having the pattern edited and the stocking photographed. Hopefully the pattern will be ready to go by mid-February, leaving people lots to time to knit it up by Christmas...2011.