Once upon a time, a certain yarn company (Bernat) sold a popular Christmas stocking knitting pattern, complete with the necessary yarn for knitting it. Many families had collections of these stockings, each personalized with a family member’s name and my family was no exception. My great Aunt Evelyn took it upon herself to knit a stocking for all of the children in the family. So no matter where we spent Christmas – at home or away – I would see the same stockings, with the santa claus and candy canes, hanging from the mantle.
Now that we have embarked on the next generation, I have decided to step into the role of the family knitter and carry on the tradition. The problem was that the knitting pattern didn’t survive like the stockings did. So I went where I always go – ravelry – and was elated when the pattern turned up in a search. Apparently I was not alone in my search for the vintage stocking pattern that hung from so many childhood mantles. And like myself, many other knitters are hoping to carry on the tradition for the next generation.
Between last Christmas and this year, I have knit 5 stockings – one for my husband, my brother-in-law, each of my cousin’s two children and my niece. Whew! But I love being the resident knitter in the family. Everyone has to have a place, and I’ll take mine with the yarn. I just hope that someday everyone will think of me, like I think of Tante Evelyn, whenever they hang their stockings at Christmas.
To all my family members, please select your future children’s names early so that I may get ahead of the game. I have a feeling this is only the beginning!