I love Christmas stockings. They are like socks but use thicker yarn (faster to knit) and don't need to have a pair (no second sock syndrome). I am currently knitting two stockings from Christmas Stockings: 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit. I am knitting Snowy Night Gansey Stocking and Christmas Rainbow Surprise. Today, I am going to show you my current favorite: Christmas Rainbow Surprise. I just got the yarn today (Kureyon) from Webs, and as soon as I saw the color I couldn't knit anything else. Isn't the color gorgeous? I can't stop touching this project. I just want to pet it. This is my second project with Noro and I must admit that I really like this yarn. It is easy to knit with and the colors are so freaking pretty.
This is a momentous knitting project for me (besides the second coming of Noro), because it is my first felting project! After I knit this beautiful yarn, I am going to smoosh, smash, and soak this yarn to within an inch of its life. To be honest, felting always freaked me out. I totally blame the Yarn Harlot on this. In one of her early blog posts, she wrote about how she broke her washer when making Fiber Trends' infamous clog pattern (which I also bought from Webs). I am terrified that I am going to break my washer. Now there are several things I can do to protect my washer (which isn't even mine but my apartment complex's), but until now I was too scared. This project called to me and I decided to throw caution to the wind. I also decided that since this is a small project, I could handfelt the stocking. I figure that if everything goes well, I could venture to a washing machine in the future. I am ridiculously excited now to finish knitting this stocking so I can take my (new) plunger to it. I must admit that I am loving the knitting process of a future felted item. I am not worried about my tension at all. The current ball of Kureyon from which I am knitting goes a bit thick to thin, so the stitches look a bit wonky. Normally I would care, but since I am felting it, I don't give a fig.