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Breaking News: Outbreak of Stocking-Making in Montana

Dear Kay,
Drop everything, including that pile of overdyed wool fabric, to go see what happens when a bunch of intrepid women decide to learn how to make a Christmas stocking.
This is, as you know, the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines.
Abby, who apparently is known to recycle yarn for her projects, taught an eight-week class in Christmas-stocking manufacturing, but it sounds like it was mostly an excuse for these women to get together to hang out. Excellent subterfuge for getting out of the house: claim to be taking a class!
From left: Darlynn Curran, Linda Davison, Tena Chapman, Pam Vansant, Kasey Baughman, Julie Chapman, and June Coleman.
I really like seeing the rainbow of red, green, lavender, brown–whatever–that shows up in their choices. And a big high five for getting through the terrifying Fair Isle argyle moment in this project.
This stocking is the sort of thing that you can stretch out over a luxuriant eight weeks, but I am just saying that it was possible for me to make one in 1.5 days, in the middle of June, because we had to have two stockings for those photos in the book, and I had made only one.
So: there’s still a good 10 days until Christmas, which by my calculation means a truly enterprising knitter, having procrastinated down to the nub, could cook up 6.6 of these stockings.
Merry Christmas to all you brilliant stocking makers. Thank you, Abby, for making my day!
PS Abby, when she’s not teaching knitting and such, has a cute Etsy shop filled with slippers for young ones, recycled yarn, and whimsical this ‘n’ that, all handmade by her. Eclectic and cool.




  1. Great inspiration! I AM trying to finish a stocking (now late for a 12/01/10 first birthday) in time for the U.S.P. to get it to North Carolina for (a few days before) Christmas. Your 1.5 days gives me renewed hope, as do the wonderful stockings knit by the Montana ladies.
    Thanks so much.

  2. I whipped out two of these in 48 hours on a knitting cruise . . . except I still can’t figure out the darn duplicate stitch! So that’s left me with argyle-less, name-less stockings.
    Still, they’re really cute.

  3. Hey….how did you know I’ve procrastinated right down to the nub? I only have two stockings to make, after all, so technically I could wait another three days.

  4. I love your precise mathematical calculations. 6.6 stockings. As a scientists this makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  5. The thought of whipping up 6.6 stockings between now and Christmas makes me want to lie down with a cold cloth on my forehead. Except I don’t have time for that either. Too many @#^*$@ Christmas cookies to bake for tomorrow.
    Maybe next June.

  6. Talia is right, the accuracy of 6.6 sox really makes me happy! However, that now means I have NO excuses for why DH’s DNA scarf isn’t done, DS’s Riff socks aren’t done, and the Sunday Market shawl for the other DS’s tutor isn’t done. Can I jump into a backwards timewarp for a few days? Please?

  7. Great inspiration for next year…. I do love a great looking stocking…

  8. The stockings are lovely! and yes, i would *totally* sign up for such a class. Calling all intrepid knitters in my area! πŸ˜‰

  9. I’m thinking, 2011, well, maybe anyway!

  10. Awesome,ladies. Remember, an orange takes up a lot of space

  11. Love it! Love the whole idea of it! It almost makes me want to knit one right now . . . but I am going to lie down until that feeling passes. I do not have time to knit one of these before Christmas, no matter how little time it would take. But, I am very tempted. Hey, I think I could get one done by Christmas 2011!

  12. i will not knit a christmas sock now
    i take this oath in public

  13. SO impressive!!
    What a great line-up…the stockings AND the knitters! Looks like the kind of group that smiles and makes room for another knitter in the circle πŸ™‚

  14. Trying to finish the son’s kilt hose…they’re as big as a Christmas stocking…he’s 6’4″ and wears a size 15 shoe. Just turned the second heel, just half a yard to go! Wish I could borrow an enterprising knitter for a few hours!

  15. What a super pic! Love those stockings.

  16. I think I would go crazy trying to fit anything into the 10 days or so before Christmas!

  17. need to buy Knitting Outside the Lines
    both local chapters and lys out of stock
    com– ooooooonnnnn!
    need book!!please advise where I can lay my knitty hands on one

  18. Is it just my imagination or is that group of stocking knitters remarkably tall??
    Maybe it’s just the really impressive work they’ve done making them appear so upstanding….

  19. Oh those are impressive, indeed!! I must think of a recipient so I can make one of those. My kids are all grown and fully “stocking’ed”, grand-kids all seem to already have stockings too… I WILL find a way to make one of these, somehow, someday. πŸ™‚


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