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Old 06-08-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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Last year, on KH, we made stocking for the troops, and I just loved the idea. We had locals here in town that donated candy, baggies, stickers, time, stockings, and signatures (they signed 850 cards for us)...We then had the children decorate the envelopes and other cards...we stuffed the stockings we made and placed them in baggies with the cards...then after talking to Becky we also went ahead and divided up the candy placed it in a baggie with a card...this way all she would have to do was stick in a stocking for the troops. We then boxed up all those items and sent them to Becky.

I know life gets in the way and we all get in a rush but that was all I heard from her. This year I would like to continue the stocking idea but felt I wanted to do something for Coshocton, OH. It has been hit very hard by the economy with many losing jobs. Last Christmas we had more children in need than in the past few years and knew this year would be even more children.

We have been in contact with the Salvation Army here in Coshocton who does a Christmas Castle for the kids. They get to go into a local store and pick out a winter coat or shoes...no toys or candy.

When we ran the idea of what KH and Coshocton had done last year for the troops by them, they got all excited. We heard a lot of "God bless you all" and "Thank you, this our answer"...

We asked them could they give us a rough number of how many children would need a stocking with a card (thinking maybe 500)...we were stunned when they said 1,000 and each day it's growing.

The local knitters here were going to be knitting the stockings, however this is beyond us, they knew about KH from last year...and asked would any help us? I told them I'm sure they would.

So today I'm here to ask you all for a little help on the knitting and crocheting of the stockings.

We are going to start running ads now(was going to be Sept) for donations from here, to handle the cards/baggies/stickers/etc.

The stockings won't be due till sometime around Oct/November so we can get them stuffed, put in a baggies, and make sure they have a card with them. We will be asking the local schools in Aug if they care to help with the decorating of the cards.

We were hoping to make the stockings a little bigger than last year, not too much...but we found it hard to keep the candy in that size.

I'm working on a bigger pattern now and will post that as soon as it is ready...if any of you would like to start knitting on stockings that would be awesome!

Thank you!


ETA: A link to Jan's pattern is in post #2...a written out pattern is in post #11.

You can also find the pattern in post #11 here on my blog...

ETA 2: When you are ready to send your stocking (s) on please pm me for my addy

ETA 3: We now have a group on Ravelry
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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You mean the little Christmas Stockings right? Something like this? Same size?
http://members.cox.net/janlewis1/Cop...20Stocking.pdf

If that's what you need I can certainly start working on some!
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Thank you!

That's it..but this year we are hoping to make them about 6" in length...that way they will hold the candy in them a bit better....
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Thank you!

That's it..but this year we are hoping to make them about 6" in length...that way they will hold the candy in them a bit better....
Got it!
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I'd like to help out...Will you post the pattern on this thread? Or start a new one?
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I can make some stockings this summer when I am out on break. It would be wonderful to have some kind of pattern posted on this Thread.

Many thanks for your thoughtfulness.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:41 PM   #7
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Thanks you guys!

I'll post the pattern here in this thread
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Dustina, is this one a bit too large? It's eight inches high, and almost five inches at it's widest point . Here's a pic. I can make the others a little smaller.

I learned circular knitting on two circs a while back, but I had never tried magic loop. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube on Magic Loop, and tried that technique with this stocking. Magic Loop is AWESOME! Now I wish that I had learned it sooner! LOL
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That's probably a little larger than she needs. Looks like you're using my pattern? How many did you cast on and how long did you knit before the increase at the toe. I cast on about 30 and knit for 3.75-4 inches and then after I've done the toe part I knit till it's about 5.5 inches and do the decreases and close. They've been coming out pretty close to 6 inches.
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Yes, Jan, I'm using your pattern. For the sock in the photo, I CO 32 stitches, and I used sz 9 needles. For the one I have on the needles now, I CO 30 stitches, and I will make the cuff an inch or so shorter. I am hoping it will be about right.

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