DS$#1 (of 3) realized about eleven years ago that he was the only child in the family without a knit Christmas stocking from me. His was crewel, as I originally was going to do each stocking in a different sort of needlework. And so, he requested a knit stocking.
I started by teaching myself how to knit entrelac, but did not go so far as to research the proper ratio of straight knitting or rib to entrelac portion. So, after my ribbed cuff on the stocking, the entrelac nicely bloomed out horizontally and looked totally bizarre.
The start of the stocking got packed away as the family moved for me to do my second residency, and was out of view for some years as I did the residency and studied for my written and oral boards. It came back to my attention and design intents after I moved to Maine. This spring, I signed DD (#1 of 1) up for an entrelac class. As my usual when I sign her up to learn something new, I signed up with her to challenge her to do it. In the process, I learned something - the ratio of straight knitting to entrelac, which was the missing piece for my DS #1's stocking.
At Fiber Frolic, I discovered Amy King of Spunky Eclectic and a wonderful colorway of hers, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. I had her custom dye some in bulky, and the eleven year stocking is at last, as of tonight, complete!
Pattern: my own, using entrelac, afterthought heel and applied I-cord
Yarn: "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and "Soylent Green" by Amy King of Spunky Eclectic
Needles: Size 9 Knit Picks
Knitting time: lost track, but done all this month