Sunday, December 10, 2023

Mini Stocking Finish & New Yarn

Over the past few days, I took part in the Tiny Treasures Mini Stocking Challenge offered by Jessica Ays of Double the Stitches. She shared her adorable Tiny Treasures Mini Stocking pattern for free with challenge participants over a four day period. I've knit several pairs of socks over my 30+ year history as a knitter, so I just jumped right in following the written pattern. For participants who were new to sock knitting though, she offered a daily live video session where participants could ask questions and she could go over anything people found confusing. 

Here's how my little stocking turned out.

I knit mine using scraps of worsted weight yarn and size 4mm knitting needles. I used my ChiaoGoo 4-inch interchangeable circular needle set to create a 30" circular so I could use the magic loop technique to knit my mini stocking. I switched to my 4mm double-pointed needles (dpns) from the Knitter's Pride Mindful Double-Pointed Needle Set for the final grafting of the toe using the Kitchener Stitch because I find it much easier to do the Kitchener on dpns than trying to do it on the circulars with the cable dangling. If you aren't familiar with it, Marly Bird has a great Kitchener Stitcher video tutorial on her YouTube channel.

As cute as my little mini stocking turned out, I think I want to make it again with a different yarn weight. While this size would be fine on a regular full-size or larger tree, I have a slimline tree and I think it will be a bit too large. I might try dropping down to a #1 or #2 weight yarn instead. If I do, I'll be sure to post a photo of the finished stocking here on my blog and over on my Instagram

I also did a tiny bit of yarn-related retail therapy today. I had some Shopify Shop Cash that was going to expire today, so I hopped on their app and searched for yarn. The gorgeous silk yarn in the photo above popped up the search results and I was absolutely gobsmacked by how beautiful it looked! With the Shop Cash I had, I ended up only paying 24 cents USD plus shipping for 300 yards of Lace Weight 100% Recycled Silk Yarn from Darn Good Yarn. The color way I ordered (shown above) is called Tidal Pool. I have no idea yet what I'll use it for, but it was just too beautiful and too good of a deal to pass up. I'll probably end up using it for a small shawl, kerchief, or cowl since I only have 300 yards.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend of stitching, knitting, crocheting, etc!

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