Years ago - it seems like another lifetime ago - I started to make an entrelac Christmas stocking for my eldest son. I started out making Christmas stockings for my family, each with a different needle art. The first was needlepoint. The second was done in crewel. By the time the second child was born, I was knitting. So, naturally, his was knit. The third child was to get a quilted stocking, centered around her namesakes' sewing basket lining which was red, green and white plaid silk. Alas, I never found the namesake's scrap of sewing basket lining, so I make a Fair Isle stocking for her. When No. 4 came along, I designed and knit his in a Nordic style. By this time, No. 1 was feeling jealous that he didn't have a knit stocking. Thus was born the concept of an entrelac stocking for him.
So, about eleven or so years ago, I began to design an entrelac stocking. And I learned the hard way about the biasing of the entrelac region vs. the ribbing I had used for the top of the leg. I had no idea the proper ratio there, and so was displeased with the ballooning in the entrelac area compared to the ribbing. About that time, came an era in my life where knitting got set aside, and my fledgling designing was put away.
So, when the opportunity to take an entrelac class at the LYS came along recently, I signed DD up for it, and took it with her. My class piece is the one above. DD took off with it after a couple of frustrating moments. I don't know that she loves the technique, but she certainly now knows how to do it, and can go to town with entrelac instructions. It is my goal by the time she leaves home in a couple of years, that she will have at least a bit of experience in all the major techniques in knitting - color work, entrelac, lace, socks, cables/traveling stitches, etc. I mostly taught myself, using Knitter's magazine's early issues and books, since I didn't have any knitting mentors around to assist my learning process. At least DD has grown up with Knitting in the home, and is taking advantage of that!
My sample is knit on Size 8 needles, using some yarn I won on an eBay auction benefiting Katrina victims last fall. It is handspun, handdyed Corriedale from Aspen Moon Fiber Arts (I think). It has a lovely hand, and much more variation in color than I have been able to capture by camera. Having fun - maybe DS will get his stocking finally. After all, he is only 25 this fall!