Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Re-Finished Object

I'm the first to admit that my skill with the mattress stitch could use some work, at least when seaming fairisle. 

I posted that my tiny Christmas stocking ornament was finished but, in truth, I wasn't all that pleased with it.  The mattress stitch was not tidy enough for my liking so I took it out and tried again, using the back stitch.  I was even more unhappy with the results.  Since I really wanted to give this stocking as a gift I was particularly determined to be proud of it.  So, I rethought and reknit.

This time I knit in the round = no seam except for the back of the heel.  I used the mattress stitch there and it looks fine.  The snowflake design is now centered on each side of the mini stocking.  When I seamed with the back stitch it was not. 

I hadn't added a button to the first stocking as I hadn't found buttons to my liking.  On a visit to Fabricland I found little silver-y/pewter-y buttons that, in my opinion, are perfect. 

I tossed the first incarnation of the stocking in the garbage.  Now that I've got the stocking that I'm happy with I've had a request for another.  I like making these stockings very much and I have a feeling that I'll be knitting more than just one more in time, maybe even for myself!

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