Thursday, July 27, 2017

Knitting for Christmas in July Part Two

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. I decided to do a continuation of yesterday's Christmas in July post because I knitted more of the Christmas stocking. It is looking more like a Christmas stocking now and I wanted to share my progress with you. I also want to continue this Christmas topic a little longer.

Some of you commented that you love Christmas too and that you celebrated Christmas in July already, which is so great to hear! I can't wait to celebrate with you once Christmas is here and I have something special planned for around that time and I am looking forward to it!


I knitted more of the stocking yesterday and today. I am following the pattern Jumbo Christmas Stockings in a Jiffy-Striped by Jennifer Jackson which I found on Ravelry. Today, I learned more about the traveling jog-less stripes that I was not aware of before. It is so much easier than cutting the yarn each time, then having to weave in the ends afterwards. I watched a few videos on the technique including the video "How to Knit Traveling Jogless Stripes in the Round" by the YouTube account New Stitch a Day: Knitting and Crochet Video Tutorials. It was so helpful to watch and follow along with the videos while learning how to do it. Using this technique for knitting stripes made it look so much tighter and cleaner than when I was cutting the yarn when I was finished with each color. It was loose because of having the strands sticking out and harder to tighten them. While I am knitting the stocking, I am thinking of all the Christmas goodies that will be filling the stocking and getting more excited about Christmas.


Stocking with the cuff rolled down which is how it will look when it is complete

I pulled out these two plush Christmas decorations that I love today to take photos of the stocking. This really made me feel like it was Christmas in July. All of the things I have collected over the years brings me such joy and I love pulling it out and decorating my home with them. Last year we had people over and they called my elf friend here, "Elf on the Shelf" as it was sitting on our windowsill. It does resemble Elf on the Shelf, but hopefully not as creepy.


I am happy with the stocking so far, and working on my jog-less stripes technique. It still looks a bit obvious where the change in color begins. I will be working on this technique as I knit along.

While thinking of Christmas this morning, I came up with a list of some of the things I would like to accomplish before the Christmas season begins. I usually begin my celebrating around the middle of November, so this gives me some time to think about what I would like to do and get these things done. I will go into depth closer to Christmas about these goals on my blog, but these are just a few things I would like to think about earlier on before the rush begins.

  • Knit Christmas gifts for family, friends, and boyfriend
  • Knit Christmas stockings
  • Knit some decorations for the apartment
  • Research new cookie/Christmas treat recipes
  • Start Christmas shopping early
  • Think of ideas for gifts 
  • Create Christmas gifts budget 

Thank you for visiting my blog for the second post in Christmas in July, you can Click here for the first post I did yesterday for part one of Christmas in July! If you would like to follow me to keep updated on when I post blog posts, please follow me on Bloglovin' or Google Followers.

Have a great day!

6 comments:

  1. The elf and the bear look like they approve of the stocking! LOL

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    1. haha they do! the way I positioned them looks like they are looking down on the stocking.

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  2. The stocking is going to be great! I think it will fit in just perfectly with your other Christmas things. (P.S. I think your elf thinks it's for him ...)

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    1. thank you! I am looking forward to having the stockings this year matching and making the living room look more festive. I think so too! and he might be able to sit in it one day :P

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  3. What a great idea! I may have to jump on this Christmas in July knitting bandwagon next year.
    Love that stocking. :)

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    1. Haha yeah it is fun, I start to think about Christmas this time of year so it gives me something to do and an excuse to "celebrate" it early. Thank you!

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