Monday, November 10, 2008

Advent Stockings




I am so happy, excited and relieved that this project is finished! These stockings will serve as an advent calendar for our family this year, and hopefully many years to come. The original inspiration for this calendar came from a mittens advent calendar I saw in a catalog last Christmas. I loved and if it weren't so expensive, I probably would have just bought it. I waited for it to go on sale but never did, instead sold out. I considered this year (for a brief moment) to knit mittens for all 24 days and quickly realized that the calendar probably wouldn't be finished until 2020. I then searched around and was inspired by this and this stocking advent calendar and decided stockings it would be. I love a little sparkle in holiday decorating so that's where the sequins and trim ideas came about. I used corduroy for the stockings and made 2 different patterns. The stockings are small, they will just hold slips of paper with different advent activities that we will do each day leading up to Christmas. Maybe someday I'll incorporate small gifts or tokens, but for now I think we've got enough stuff. Kate is still a little young to get really excited about this but I'm hoping in the years to come the kids will really look forward to each day's activity. And if they don't, I know I will. I do love the holidays!

6 comments:

Shane and Becca said...

Seriously, Jill! You have outdone yourself this time! These looks sensational!

Trisha said...

Amazing! I have zero desire to sew these days. But I may have to copy you on these. You need to make a tutorial!

The Popes said...

ohmygoodness YOU are the crafting queen!! kari told me you were linked on her blog -which everyone here has one i'm just slow to get with it :) i love all the cute things you have made .. especially for kate! such fun ideas and projects. yes we'll have to get together soon and sew, sew, sew!!

Kristy said...

Jill, this is so inspiring. The stockings look incredible and I love the idea of an activity a day.

melissa said...

The perfect advent calendar: ample enough to hold lots of good treats, and very beautiful!
P.S. you asked where I got my dining table. I bought it years ago from French Country Living, which is now out of business. It used to be a dark, serious-looking wood and I sanded it down and put a really light white wash and one coat of polyeureuthane (sp?). Good luck in your table hunting!

Jill said...

So cute Jill! What a great idea. Kate will have fun with it...and more fun next year...You are so talented!