Christmas: Stockings for everyone!

My folks are going Down Under this year to spend Christmas with my brother and sister-in-law. I thought of sending them something for Christmas, something that will tie in with our Christmas here as well. I wanted something that I could make, something that is light and safe to travel to Aus with, and something fun!

Christmas Stockings!

After spending hours on Pinterest (not that I mind) I found the perfect pattern here. It’s made from 17 hexagon granny squares that gets sewn up. I love making granny squares because each square is like a little project of its own.

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Here’s what I did:
Use DC wool in three colours: red, white and green
Crochet hook size: 4mm

Make 17 of these hexagons.

With your choice of colour for round 1, chain 5, join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: chain 3 to count as first double crochet. Work 11 more double crochets into round. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain 3. Fasten off first colour. (12 stitches)

Round 2: Attach round 2 colour with a slip stitch to any stitch. Chain 3 to count as the first double crochet.
3 double crochet in the next stitch, double crochet in next stitch (do this 5 times)
3 double crochet in last stitch
Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain 3. Fasten off. (24 stitches)

Round 3: Attach round 3 colour with a slip stitch to the middle of any 3 double crochet group.
Chain 3 to count as the first double crochet, work 2 more double crochet in same stitch.
Double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, 3 double crochet in next stitch (do this 5 times)
Double crochet in each of the last 3 stitches.
Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain 3. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (36 stitches)

Assembly: Use the same colour wool as your round three join the hexagons as seen below. It looks a bit weird, but it does eventually start looking like a boot!

I’m going to be making stockings for my entire family, including my furbabies. That’s a lot of stockings, but at the end of the day, it’ll be great!
Here’s the list and colours (so I can keep track)
Mom – red, green, white, red
Dad – green, red, white, green
PJ – green, white, red, green
Kati – white, red, green, white
Riaan – white, green, red, white
Chris – white, green, red, white
Me (obviously) – red, green, white, red
Raisin – red, green, white
Nilla – green, red, white
Pepper – red, white, green
Botter -white, green, red
Pickle – green, white, red
BooBoo – white, red, green
Gizmo – red, white, green
Tya – green, red, white
Mark – white, green, red
Lizzie – red, white, green
Peony – green, white, red
Tash – white, red, green
Captain – red, white, green
Ginger – red, green, white
Biscotti – green, red, white
Oreo – green, white, red
Chilli – white, green, red
Peppa – white, red, green

Where it all began

This morning while watching Chris at his swimming lesson at Val de Vie, I was chatting to one of the other moms. She was telling me all about life on the estate and traveling to the UK every other month. And it all started to sound really nice. Why can’t that be me? Don’t get me wrong. I love my life, but there’s nothing wrong in wanting something more? A goal to work towards? Is there?

Then I got thinking of my extensive Pinterest boards and all the goodies that I’d one day like to make and do. But they are all safely pinned out of site. Not anymore!

As from today, the 17th August 2015, all my dreams, goals, things that I’d like to do and make are coming onto this blog. Where I can look at it every day, choose something and work on reaching my goals. Who knows maybe one day I might have my house on Val de Vie and fly off to the UK as well.

Watch this spot – anything could happen!