My stepsister and her family just bought their first house, so when I heard it had a fireplace, I decided to make them Christmas stockings. They seem to like them...Left to right: Charlie, Tom and Amy; each under his or her stocking.
Pattern: Christmas Socks by Nancy Lindberg
Needles: #7 circulars/#7 dpns
Cuff: garter stitch / Spruce "Wool of the Andes" (WotA) from Knitpicks
Leg: main pattern from p. 128 of "Traditional Fair Isle Knitting" by Sheila McGregor; middle panel; main color "Hollyberry" (WotA), contrasting color "Cloud" (WotA); small pattern: p. 70, right column, 4th panel down; main color "Cloud"; contrasting color: Galway #56 (blue)
Heel, foot, toe: "Spruce" WotA
followed pattern; used tree, bell, snowflake, bell and snowman designs; double-stitched Tom's full name
WotA: Hollyberry, Spruce, Cloud
Galway: #56 (blue); #137 (yellow)
Brown Sheep Nature Spun: pepper
structure from Nancy's pattern; cuff in moss stitch
snowflake pattern from Fall 06 Knit it! magazine, p. 105
colors: cuff, snowflake, heel and toe: Galway #56 (blue), body and foot Brown Sheep Nature Spun "Aran" (N 91)
Note: I was unsuccessful in carrying enough yarn around when doing the snowflake. As a result, you couldn't open the sock properly. So, I cut the yarn between the 2 snowflakes and then felted it. Of the three, this one's my favorite and I'm going to experiment with felting other fair isle patterns. I want to see how complicated a pattern can be before felting causes it to loose too much definition.