Back when I was a kid, we had these popular books in which you got to Choose Your Own Adventure. Every so many pages along, you had a choice of how you wanted to take the story… kill the vandals (turn to page 3) or help the vandals (turn to page 10). So since I’ve finished up the third Starcraft stocking… its time to Choose Your Favorite! Here are the candidates:
Protoss, Zerg, Terran
So tell me… which one you like best, and I welcome your comments!
A few days ago my brain gave its little “oh no its April already!” snap and I knew I had to get to work on the April Stocking or risk running up against Derby Party and Mother’s Day guest housekeeping and planning. Since I had already conquered finding yarn that looked sort of like creep and sort of like the reddish magenta of the zerg logo, that’s what I decided to tackle.
This stocking is done with the purl side out, which breaks up the lines a bit more like creep I hope!
This month I tried a non-traditional stocking heel approach in which I added the heel to the stock after I knit the main part of the stocking. After my first trial run, I decided the stockinette side of the sock looked not “creepish” enough and decided to swap to the purl side. The cuff is actually crochet. Being all manner of particular I see all the parts I wish looked “better.”
Being the third Starcraft stocking, I can now check that game pretty much off the list.
The Protoss are marching into March with this month’s Christmas Stocking! (Ok that’s a terrible pun, I admit it) However, I do like the Protoss colors. I decided to take the gold and dark blue up in small flecks of additional color in the hanging loop.
Who says Protoss don't have a gift giving holiday?
This stocking is a one-sided design, suitable for filling with gifts, although if your gifts are of terrazine or vespene gas you may want to use another container first. Highly suitable for hanging on a pylon, although pylon power is not required! (Which is good because no one wants to hear “You Must Construct Additional Pylons!”)
Here is a little closer look at that Protoss logo:
Hey! Listen! its only 7 days into the month of February and I’ve gotten my stocking done! I started this one with the desire to have a slightly nicer cuff. So there are bobbles and Triforces.
How fitting that the Triforce is encircled in a stitch called the Trinity Stitch!
After that I went with a classic white stocking with a green heel and toe to complement the cuff. This one I went a bit longer…. and then finished it off with a Link on one side and a Princess Zelda on the other. I am not super happy with the pink of the faces and arms so I may redo those into a slightly darker shade to differentiate them more. (Mental Note: Add “flesh” to yarn shopping list)
Do you know how hard it is to find Creep looking yarn? Or the right combination of magenta and burgundy for a Zerg logo? This is just one of the quandaries a knitter of geekery things finds them contemplating in the yarn aisle.
With the danger of crossing some fashionable holiday boundary… I went with a nice solid black Christmas Stocking. Over knit stitch with a golden Terran logo.
So this year I decided to get off my bum and make my crafting work a bit harder for me. So my resolution/goal this year is to knit one Christmas Stocking each month from now through October, and then list them for sale in October/November. I worry that I am not a super fast knitter and I am hoping this will give me a nice little pile of stock that hopefully some people are interested in.
So for this month, partially inspired by the amount of yarn I still had after finishing my last laptop case, I present this month’s stocking… the “Kirk”
Kirk is a 2-sided design, so it can be hung facing either direction. Laid flat, and unstretched he is 8 inches wide and 15 inches from cuff to bottom of the heel. He has a sturdy thick knitted cord suitable for hanging.
Pattern adapted from the cross-stitch pattern created by Nancy Sims seen here.