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dustinac
09-02-2009, 06:01 PM
Some of you might remember that last year we made over 850 stockings for a military unit in Iraq. This town really surprised me when they got wind of what we were doing. They wanted to be a part of it and to help, even though this community was hard hit by the economic downturn. They donated candy, gum, baggies, cards, signed 850 cards, and decorated envelopes so no solider would have a plain envelope.

We had a lot of children in need last Christmas and things around here haven’t gotten much better. So we contacted the Salvation Army and asked for a rough number of stockings to make (thinking a few hundred) and were told roughly 1,000. They couldn’t give us an exact number as they accept applications well up into October for the Christmas Castle project. This project allows a child to pick out their own warm coat for the winter; we wanted to give them more. The Salvation Army jumped at our idea and we are now off and running, but we need help.

Here are some ways you can help if you would like to do so

Stockings:
Any color, any yarn, any fabric
You can knit/crochet/sew them
They do need to be about 6-8” in length

Patterns:
You can use any pattern that you would like but here are a few free ones just in case, if anyone has a crochet pattern please lmk and I will add it to this list
Jan’s Seamless Mini Stocking (http://members.cox.net/janlewis1/Seamless%20Mini%20Christmas%20Stocking%20v.%202.pd f) (pdf file and for 2circs)
My Stocking (http://mountaineerknitter.blogspot.com/2009/06/christmas-stocking-for-magic-loop-and-2.html) (on my blog and for Magic Loop)
My Stocking (http://mountaineerknitter.blogspot.com/2009/06/christmas-stocking-pattern-for-dpns.html)(on my blog and for DPNs)
Mini Stockings (http://jeangreenhowe.com/Images/Mini_Christmas_Stockings.pdf) (pdf file)
The mini stockings are to small as written, but KH member gmmarton explains how to make them larger:
I used the pattern for straight needles that was in the .pdf file. I worked on size 7's in cotton yarn (with the exception of one acrylic stocking, the red one). I followed the pattern, casting on with 24 stitches, increasing as called for to 36, and then doing the respective decreases back to 24. Where I made a slight change was doing 14 rows of stockinette instead of 12 as the pattern suggests.

KAL:
We have a KAL on KH (http://knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91978)
We have a group on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/operation-children-stockings)
You can also keep up with things on my blog (http://mountaineerknitter.blogspot.com/2009/06/operation-children-stockings.html)

Info:
We need the stockings no later than Thanksgiving, but would be very excited with earlier. We will need to stuff each stocking with candy, gift, and card.
You can mail the stockings to me, just pm me for the info
If you would like to help in some way but can’t commit to a stocking here are a few other things we are looking for:
Christmas Cards for the kids
Candy
Quart/Gallon Size Baggies
A gift that is under 3.00 (examples: Lip Gloss, Match box car, lotion, dollar tree finds)
Stickers, Markers, etc

I know times are rough for many and I can’t express my gratitude enough for your kindness.



We have 875 more stockings to go :happydance:

luvmykid28
09-02-2009, 06:21 PM
I would like to help with this wonderful gift your are giving. I have also just started a knitting group and will see if anyone would like to join you as well.

dustinac
09-03-2009, 08:56 AM
Thank you! :woot:

puggies29
09-03-2009, 03:31 PM
I would love to help.

dustinac
09-03-2009, 09:11 PM
:yay: Thank you!

dustinac
09-10-2009, 08:48 AM
We have 850 stockings left to go :yay:

auntyem
09-10-2009, 11:08 AM
Dustina: I would love to help with this also. I was looking for a small project to work on when I get tired of my lapghans and this is perfect for using up some of my stash. Did I understand correctly that we have until November to get them to you?

dustinac
09-11-2009, 09:25 AM
Dustina: I would love to help with this also. I was looking for a small project to work on when I get tired of my lapghans and this is perfect for using up some of my stash. Did I understand correctly that we have until November to get them to you?
:woot: Thank you!! Yeah until November that way we can get them stuffed and ready to go for the first part of December :hug:

arenas3651
09-13-2009, 01:09 AM
Would you happen to have a sewing pattern that you know of? I'd love to help, and I have a few yards of xmas fabric in my stash I would love to use up! I'm still new to knitting, so sewing is faster for me. Thanks for doing this for so many children who need it this year!

dustinac
09-13-2009, 09:51 PM
Would you happen to have a sewing pattern that you know of? I'd love to help, and I have a few yards of xmas fabric in my stash I would love to use up! I'm still new to knitting, so sewing is faster for me. Thanks for doing this for so many children who need it this year!

Thank you!! I don't have a sewing pattern though as I am not good at that (wish I was) but I'll ask my mom tomorrow what pattern she is using for ya :hug:

cindycactus
09-14-2009, 08:37 AM
I just saw this thread yesterday and have 4 stockings finished. Will see how many I can complete but Nov. 1st. Last year and it was so much fun to knit for the Troops.

luvmykid28
09-14-2009, 10:24 PM
I have 2 finished so far.

arenas3651
09-14-2009, 11:44 PM
Thank you!! I don't have a sewing pattern though as I am not good at that (wish I was) but I'll ask my mom tomorrow what pattern she is using for ya :hug:
For anyone interested in a sewing pattern I found a free one here http://www.mccallpattern.com/freeproject/M606freeproject.pdf . For the size I just left it alone and didn't increase it, so that it'll come out to the 6-8" requested. I found more christmas than I thought I had, and I have some old jeans that my boys don't fit in anymore that I plan to use also, so I can make even more! I'm really excited about this and I'm hoping some of my other friends join me in doing this. Thanks again for doing such a great thing!

arenas3651
09-15-2009, 12:31 AM
I also found some crochet pattern links

try the medium size from this link
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70471AD.html

this one can be made bigger by using a bigger hook and/or adding a few more stitches
http://planetmfiles.com/2008/11/25/free-little-stocking-crochet-pattern/

this one seems to be the perfect size
http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Seasonal/LW1881+Little+Stockings.htm

dustinac
09-15-2009, 10:12 AM
thank you all so much we have 825 stockings left to go...

Also wanted to let ya'll know that there is a KAL going on in the Charity forum here (http://knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1251715#post1251715)on KH :yay:


I just saw this thread yesterday and have 4 stockings finished. Will see how many I can complete but Nov. 1st. Last year and it was so much fun to knit for the Troops.

Thank you soo much!!:hug:

I have 2 finished so far.

Thank you soo much!!:heart:

I also found some crochet pattern links

try the medium size from this link
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70471AD.html

this one can be made bigger by using a bigger hook and/or adding a few more stitches
http://planetmfiles.com/2008/11/25/free-little-stocking-crochet-pattern/

this one seems to be the perfect size
http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Seasonal/LW1881+Little+Stockings.htm


Thank you for all the links for the sewing ones and crochet ones! I did ask mom but she said she was gonna draw it out on the fabric, cut it, and then sew them up...:teehee:

arenas3651
09-19-2009, 09:36 PM
I'm proud to say that I was able to get 79 stockings cut out of my leftover fabric from last christmas! I still have to cut the cuffs out, and then sew them up. I'm treating it like an assembly line though, so I should be done in about a week! Thanks again for doing this.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3532/3936027880_3c65e044cc_m.jpg

lelvsdgs
09-20-2009, 10:14 AM
I'll see what I can do. If not knitting then sending some goodies that are also needed. Thanks for letting us know about this! This is the true Christmas spirit!:notworthy:

dustinac
09-21-2009, 11:03 AM
I'm proud to say that I was able to get 79 stockings cut out of my leftover fabric from last christmas! I still have to cut the cuffs out, and then sew them up. I'm treating it like an assembly line though, so I should be done in about a week! Thanks again for doing this.


:woot:wow thank you so much!! I'll add the 79 to our total

I'll see what I can do. If not knitting then sending some goodies that are also needed. Thanks for letting us know about this! This is the true Christmas spirit!:notworthy:

:hug:Thank you so much!!

dustinac
09-27-2009, 06:43 PM
Just wanted to update the count to 664 left to go :happydance:

Karina
09-28-2009, 04:17 AM
Just wanted to update the count to 664 left to go :happydance:

i would like to make a few. could you tell me when thanksgiving is? I would have to send out about 10 days before to make sure it gets to you. I already have your address.

Karina
09-28-2009, 04:25 AM
I'm proud to say that I was able to get 79 stockings cut out of my leftover fabric from last christmas! I still have to cut the cuffs out, and then sew them up. I'm treating it like an assembly line though, so I should be done in about a week! Thanks again for doing this.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3532/3936027880_3c65e044cc_m.jpg

I also have a bit of christmas fabric left over from last year and would like to make some of these. Will get my oldest daughter involved as she is doing textiles at school.

Could you tell me if you are using the fleece for padding for the inside when they are this small? or just the outer fabric and lining?

etoilechaude
09-28-2009, 05:05 AM
I've never knitted a sock before... but I have all this extra red and green yarn :o/

I might give it a try this weekend... this yarn could totally be doing something better than sitting in my basket!

dustinac
09-28-2009, 09:43 AM
i would like to make a few. could you tell me when thanksgiving is? I would have to send out about 10 days before to make sure it gets to you. I already have your address.

:hug:Thank you! Thanksgiving is on November 26th :thumbsup:

I've never knitted a sock before... but I have all this extra red and green yarn :o/

I might give it a try this weekend... this yarn could totally be doing something better than sitting in my basket!

:hug:Thank you! They are not hard but if you get stuck just ask

Jan in CA
09-28-2009, 10:57 AM
Socks aren't hard, Evan. You'll just learn some new tricks. ;) I find my own pattern faster, but it's not a "real" sock more of a Christmas Stocking. ;)

momwolf
09-28-2009, 12:12 PM
I'm going into town tomorrow and thought I'd send the 21 socks I have knit so far.Could you give me your address please:teehee:

dustinac
09-28-2009, 04:52 PM
I'm going into town tomorrow and thought I'd send the 21 socks I have knit so far.Could you give me your address please:teehee:

Thank you! Sent ya a PM :happydance:

arenas3651
09-28-2009, 04:59 PM
I also have a bit of christmas fabric left over from last year and would like to make some of these. Will get my oldest daughter involved as she is doing textiles at school.

Could you tell me if you are using the fleece for padding for the inside when they are this small? or just the outer fabric and lining?
I'm actually just doing the outer fabric. Since the stuff going in them isn't very heavy I'm not bothering with a lining or padding either. I'm serging the insides, and doing the cuff double thick, folding it in half and serging it so that the serged part will sit under the cuff and not be seen. I don't know if that makes sense how I said it, or if maybe I should post a picture to show you what I mean?

Karina
09-28-2009, 06:52 PM
I'm actually just doing the outer fabric. Since the stuff going in them isn't very heavy I'm not bothering with a lining or padding either. I'm serging the insides, and doing the cuff double thick, folding it in half and serging it so that the serged part will sit under the cuff and not be seen. I don't know if that makes sense how I said it, or if maybe I should post a picture to show you what I mean?

Yes please. pictures are always great.

etoilechaude
09-29-2009, 07:40 PM
I think I'm past the scary part of my first stocking!! Managed to turn the heel and work the gusset... now I just have 3 rows of decreases, 6 of st st, and then the toe decrease.

It was pretty stressful never having done any of those things before... especially picking up stitches, but after trying it out it turns out it's not quite as scary as it looks/sounds :o)

Hopefully I have one done in the next few hours!

(Hating the yarn I'm using... but it's bright christmas-y red... so hopefully my fingers can endure me making one every couple days or so ;o)

Jan in CA
09-29-2009, 07:46 PM
They don't have to be red and green, Evan. I have some, but many are other crazy colors, too. ;) Kids like all colors and not all celebrate Christmas. :thumbsup:

etoilechaude
09-29-2009, 07:49 PM
Ooooh good point!! Hadn't really thought of that ;o)

I needed an excuse to use up some of this yarn anyway lol. Maybe I'll make some cute blue and purple ones... I have a couple balls of nice cotton that has no purpose at the moment.

dustinac
10-01-2009, 09:34 AM
:yay:I'm so glad you are giving it a go...and Jan is right, you can use any yarn in any color...any fabric in any color and so on

577 Left to go :happydance:

mommydearest
10-03-2009, 10:32 AM
I would love to make some - I'll get started now but I will need an address to send them to. Please post or send as a PM.

The best thing about making Stockings are no SSS (second sock syndrome) even when making several they never have to match. I especially love making mini stockings but I will extend them for the requisite 6-8" (is this CO to BO?).

Mary

dustinac
10-04-2009, 09:04 AM
Hi Mary,

I sent ya a PM and yep it is from CO to BO :hug: Thank you!!

We have 563 stockings to go :happydance:

dustinac
10-06-2009, 08:28 AM
:yay: 559 left to go :yay:

momwolf
10-06-2009, 08:55 PM
Got 10 more donehttp://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_1_20.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_)

Jan in CA
10-06-2009, 11:02 PM
39 for me and 3 from a friend so 42 so far.

dustinac
10-07-2009, 09:12 AM
:hug:Thank you both so much!

I'm on my dh's computer and my worksheet is on mine...so I'm not sure what last number I have you down for Jan...I'll change the total when I switch computers...but with the 3 from your friend and 10 from momwolf that changes us to:

546 Left to Knit (minus Jans) :woohoo:

momwolf
10-07-2009, 10:02 AM
Forgot to add a pic:roll: These 5 are different then the ones I sent you.

dustinac
10-07-2009, 10:13 AM
538 stockings left to go with Jan's

Thank you momwolf...now are those 5 included in the 10 you posted or is it now 15? :rofl:

momwolf
10-07-2009, 10:37 AM
Sorry to confuse you :teehee: These are from the 10.

mommydearest
10-11-2009, 09:05 AM
I've done 3 this week but I'll be able to get 2-3 done today if my head doesn't fog up too much. I have a friend from my knitting group who is going to work on some too.

Mary

dustinac
10-11-2009, 09:15 AM
:yay: Thank you so much, Mary!

Momwolf, it can be easy to do :rofl:

519 Stockings left to go:happydance:

dustinac
10-13-2009, 11:59 AM
515 left to go :yay:

dustinac
10-16-2009, 12:47 PM
Just an update on the total

500 left to go :happydance:

cindycactus
10-16-2009, 04:17 PM
I have 23 finished and will complete 2 more over the weekend. Will try to get them in the mail on Monday. I have to get back to knitting 2 sweaters I promised. This has been fun. :happydance:

dustinac
10-19-2009, 04:52 PM
Thank you so much Cindy!!

:woot:468 Stockings Left to go

momwolf
10-21-2009, 07:10 AM
Dustinac
Did you ever get my socks in the mail? Just thinking that I had not heard from you if you received them or not :teehee:

dustinac
10-21-2009, 09:29 AM
Dustinac
Did you ever get my socks in the mail? Just thinking that I had not heard from you if you received them or not :teehee:
:passedout: I'm so so sorry I thought I posted that! They arrived safely thank you so much again I'm sorry for not letting you know!! :hug:

368 Stockings to go :woot:

momwolf
10-22-2009, 07:09 PM
I got 6 more socks done and bought you 40 Christmas cards.:cheering:

dustinac
10-26-2009, 09:12 AM
:hug:Thank you soo much!!

343 left to go :happydance:

dustinac
11-03-2009, 10:36 AM
:yay:234 more to go :yay:

auntyem
11-04-2009, 10:59 AM
Dustina:

I haven't forgotten about this. I have 12 ready to put in the mail this weekend. I will pm you for the address. These were really fun to do, but now I have to start on my Christmas knitting.

dustinac
11-05-2009, 10:26 AM
:hug:Thank you soo much!! :hug: