This stocking was lovingly made by my own hands for my 2nd boy Travis about 10 years ago. I found the ready-to-cut material at the local JoAnn's and was immediately overcome with the need to make special keep-forever stockings for my boys. I'm not sure how many children I had at the time as those years are a bit of a blur but I know I got enough for 4 stockings and a tree skirt.
My oldest boy already had a stocking so I started with Travis and planned to work through the rest of them over time. I added batting and lining and carefully hand stitched along all the little black lines adding buttons and bells to dress it up. In spite of my amateur efforts at making an heirloom, I have always loved this stocking. I also adore my matching tree skirt. It's only been partially hand stitched and I've long since given up the notion that I'll finish it... but it serves its purpose.
The problem is... this stocking looks a bit sacred hanging in the midst of a row of plain red and white fuzzy stockings. "Oh... look... here's Travis' stocking," moans the one who happens to unpack it each year. And now that my oldest is 15, he's not so easily swayed by the special puffy moose stocking that used to be his. It's becoming a bit like Joseph's coat of many colors, and since I hate the thought of Travis being resented for the rest of his life because of my laziness, it's clear that something must be done.
Now I still have the fabric. Somewhere. But I think the best solution is obvious.
I need to knit stockings for the rest of the boys... and DH. If I start right after the holidays, I'll only need to knit one every couple of months. I think I'll start with the youngest two since they are not only missing stockings but also missing cross stitch birth announcements and baby books. Then again... if I don't start with my oldest... well, I do want him to have it before he leaves home.
So there it is. 5 stockings - 1 year.
Oy... I'm feeling overwhelmed already.