Monday, October 20, 2014

Knitting Week 42

Last week I've been busy again, finished 2 orders (basically finished). 

From left to right:
- set of 5 stockings (4 done)
- Emily stocking with snowflakes, now finished
- new colours stocking just started in the middle
- Purple stocking with smaller stocking
- 2 wool stockings finished (the turtle!)

Here's a better shot of this week's finished stockings:

Turtle! Christmas stocking, because I can! 

Snowflake Christmas stocking

Orders are now for 2015 in my Etsy shop: Santa's Sock Central

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas stockings in progress Week 41 2015

This week I've been working on the following Christmas stocking projects:

From left to right:
- A set of 5 stockings, 3 are mostly finished
- Two Wool stockings in the middle, need to finish Sara
- Carli stocking with reindeer to match previously ordered stocking
- Emily to match previously ordered set
- Set of 4 small yellow/ red stockings, finally finished the turtle one, these will be listed in my Etsy shop soon.

This set is now finished too, very happy with these:

There are 17 more stockings to finish, plus 4 if at all possible. 2 of the above are basically finished, so I made good progress this weekend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Currently Working on: Lots of Christmas Stockings

So much to do, so little time! I got all the personalized stocking orders I can handle for this Christmas, which is great! Now I just have to knit 19 stockings in the next 6 weeks. Fingers crossed there are no more do-overs. 

I'm going to take photos only on weekends and send photos on Mondays. The light will be bad soon when I get home from work in the evenings. So I will have lots of works in progress. Currently 6 orders I'm working on. One isn't in the photo yet, I started it yesterday afternoon. The set of 5 in the top right corner is basically finished, "just" sewing in of a million threads and the loops at the top. Then I have another set of 5 that is halfway done, then a wool stocking (1 of 2) with turtles, how cool! That's a new pattern. Then the yellow ones in the bottom left corner, I tried the turtle on a small stocking first. Finishing it is not a priority. Then 2 stockings that I wanted to make sure the customers liked the colours.

This is the set that is basically finished:
Aren't they pretty?! This is going to be my new main photo for the set of 5 on Etsy. But not this year, it's sold out and not getting renewed. Maybe I'll write the pattern for the snowmen and snowflake stockings.

Find me on Etsy: Santa's sock central

Friday, October 3, 2014

Now Taking Orders for 2015

I've had lots of interest in my Christmas stockings in the last few days, so from now on orders cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas this year. Such a shame having to turn away customers, I do enjoy the popularity... The other stocking hand knitters on Etsy seem to have the same problem though.

Who can spot the copyright infringement?

This set turned out lovely, the stockings have very similar patterns but the main patterns are all completely different which makes them very striking I think. I'm a bit afraid the third stocking could get me into trouble with the trademark holders, so I'm not going to mention what the symbol is, so I wouldn't be accidentally found on google. A customer gave me a challenge. 

Christmas is coming

This is a set of pure wool stockings, the customer wanted the bear's nose slightly shorter, I agree that this looks better, so I changed the pattern for future projects. This colour way for a set of 2 and in pure wool is extremely popular, I already knitted a few and I have another one on the needles. 

So pretty

This set could well be my favourite new design of 2014, looks great with the colours like this. I like how I'm moving away from the black and white (+ colour) I used to only do. 

I'm also pleased with the elephants, this is the first large stocking I have knitted with elephants. 

There's a third stocking to be knitted, with reindeer. 

Madly grinning gingerbread men

And finally I got an order for a gingerbread man, I've been dying to knit this again. Classic design, very popular this year again. 

My current count is 20 stockings to knit, but there are up to 4 prospective customers who I'm saving time for as well. 

This weekend I should be able to finish 2 orders, and start 3 new ones, I hope anyway. I want to only take photos on Sundays, it's getting quite dark in the evening now. 

So no more orders for Christmas 2014 please. But I have started the waiting list for 2015. 

Santa's Sock Central