Seeing the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking Kit resurface this week really takes me back.
It reminds me that Kay and I have been at this knitting thing for a while now. We met online in 2002, twenty years ago. (The italics of astonishment.) What started as a pen pal correspondence has led to many adventures and schemes and unlikely things happening.
In the case of that New Ancestral Christmas Stocking, I recall knitting one in a 24-hour time period because we were scheduled to photograph it in Grundy County, Tennessee, on a June day where we were supposed to fake up a holiday scene. Our fearless photographer Gale Zucker and her assistant Hannah built a roaring fire in a fireplace that was not really all that great, and the resulting conflagration drew the attention of neighbors who thought the house was on fire.
Gale got the shot, of course.
The thin arm of my son David is captured forever, reaching up to snag the pile of candy we bought at the Grundy County CVS.
This week’s giveaway will set you up for generations of glory: we’re giving away the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking PDF pattern to ten fantastically lucky knitters. Yes, TEN!
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: If this post has got you humming a holiday tune, #sorrynotsorry. What is your favorite holiday song? Let us know in the comments.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, August 21, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw ten—count ’em TEN!—random winners from the entries. Winners will be notified by email.
And Finally . . .
Our New Ancestral Christmas Stocking is based on the Christmas stocking my Great-aunt Elizabeth knitted for me. That pattern is available here, for free, if you’re feeling like a 1945 stocking is your thing. This one is knitted flat, not in the round, with intarsia, so it’s just a whole different deal.