Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tradition


It's almost here.
Today I hung the stockings by the chimney with care.
We have a fireplace for the first time in our married career and I love it!

This is the stocking I received at my birth lo these many years ago. (mid 1970's.)
Sixty years ago my mother received a stocking like this from her grandmother Naomi Dagmar (how's that for a fabulous name?) who died only a few years later. This great-grandmother of mine started this tradition, knitting stockings for her posterity. When she passed away, my great Aunt Daphne took over the tradition and knit stockings as wedding presents (when someone joined the family by marriage) or baby gifts. My Dad and all my siblings have one. After my marriage, my mom polished her knitting skills and started knitting stockings for all the sons-in-law and new grandchildren. She's on stocking number 12 now. I love this tradition and I love these stockings! I think they're my favorite part of Christmas nostalgia.

I'm curious about the history of this pattern. My aunts have them and one of my aunts is over 70. One time we came across another family who had the same stockings in their family. Has anyone else out there seen this pattern before?

Other fun Christmas stuff: last night we visited an older couple from our last neighborhood. The wife had some amazing vintage felt creations from her past. One was a gorgeous tree skirt from the 60's in mint condition. It was extra fun because the colors were so current: gold, turquoise, magenta, lime green. I was dying that I didn't have my camera. Next year I'm going to get a picture! She also made these little ornaments for each of my kids. The felt is so soft! I'm sure it's from her own vintage stash.

I have been going pedal to the metal sewing final projects for Christmas presents and I'm having so much fun! (When I get a quiet minute.) Can't show any finishes yet (can't spoil the surprise!) but here's a little sneak peak of one.

And here is today's view. Couldn't see any mountains today.
We got a good dusting of fresh snow just in time for Christmas.
Tomorrow is the first day of vacation.
I dream of sewing in my pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate next to me.
I'm sure reality will be drastically different trying to keep a bunch of hyper-anxious kids entertained
during the most impatient-kid-drama-too-much-sugar week of the year.
Hopefully some cozy time on the couch, wrapped up in quilts,
watching Christmas movies will help us all.

I hope everyone else's final Christmas preparations are going well.
Any favorite pieces of Christmas nostalgia you have a spare second to share?

15 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Popping in to say Merry Christmas!!

DeeRoo said...

http://deeroodesigns.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-view.html

Some of my favorite things!:)

I made my mom a stocking similar to that one...when we go down there on Thursday I'll try to remember to take a picture of it. I didn't have a pattern...just wanted it to look like a mom stocking!;)
Your's are lovely as is your fantastic fireplace...go to my blog to see mine!!!;)

BTW...how much snow did your in-laws get? 21" here!!

Nedra said...

I LOVE the knit stockings. They look almost European in design. What a wonderful tradition for your family, and quite the commitment for the knitter.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. I hear you guys are getting a lot of snow. It's sunny here,in the 40's and a little cold (for us).

Quilted Cupcake said...

Love your stocking story - especially the part about making them as wedding or baby gifts. How unique! I posted a pic on my blog of the ones I made for my hubby and son, which I hope will last a lifetime. (http://quiltedcupcake.blogspot.com)

I also found a vintage elf that is like the one my mom put all over the house at christmas. So fun!

Still working away on holiday gifts - it's crunch time now!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas all year - I love your blog!

Quilted Cupcake (aka Jean)

Thearica said...

Ahhh...time honored family traditions! Nothing like them....And you must learn to knit, if you dont know how, because one day it will fall to you to continue this cherished tradition.

Lucky you having a white Christmas!

Aunt Spicy said...

I am sure that your whole house has such an amazing feeling of warmth and joy! Your photos are beautiful! Have a merry, merry christmas!

Lori Sume said...

Beautiful stockings!!!

girlsmama said...

I love the stockings! Someday I'll get my AQ ones done.

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

I love knitted stockings, and although I've saved patterns I never tried to make one. I am also loving my fireplace that is in this house, first fireplace in our married lives!
Merry Christmas!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love the knit stocking tradition!
Merry Christmas Amy!

Meredith said...

Merry Christmas! Awesome pillows and stockings.

Laura-Lu said...

If you recall, my ex-boyfriend's family had that same pattern for their stockings. Apparently that wasn't enough to make it last.

Terresa said...

One of our family Christmas traditions are felt stockings. My mom makes them. She made stocking number 27 this year. That quite a few bolts of red & white felt, eh?

Merry Christmas from my home & heart to yours!

PS: We are spending Christmas in Provo this year, near to many blogging friends. But it is such a fleeting, busy time. Next time we're here I'd love to try and meet up!

Sherri said...

What wonderful stockings! We have crocheted ones my grandmother made..hope you had a Merry Christmas in your new home!

mimi said...

My husband's grandmother knitted stockings for her six grandchildren in the 1940's and 1950's. Since that time all the new spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren have them. In the past few years a friend in Canada knitted them for us. I gave it a try, but mine weren't so good. They are a treasure, aren't they?