December 23, 2008
For many years now, our family have been making Christmas crackers for the table. Not the kit sort either. More the sort where there are bitter recriminations should anyone actually dispose of a precious toilet roll in the months prior to Christmas.
Handmade from scratch.
There's been fancy creations with colourful hats, cracking snaps, special trinkets, fine chocolates and fancy sparkling wrappings. Works of art, that have sometimes taken until the wee small hours of Christmas morning to construct (ok, this is only when I make the crackers; other family members are more organised).
But this year mum had an idea. How about a stocking, instead of a cracker?
OK, they wouldn't go bang, but it did seem like a rather good idea. The novelty of locating clever trinkets to fit the diameter of a toilet roll wore off some years ago. As did the tetris-like challenge of arranging the contents in each cracker and closing it up without spillage. Stockings were a sterling idea.
So here they; ready for the big day. With the Big Sewing List still hanging over my head, I decided some shortcuts might be in order. They are cut from felt and blanket stitched by machine. I have threaded a little wooden ornament through the top of each one.
Did I choose to make one "special" stocking or simply run out of red felt?
I hope they might be sturdy enough to last for a good few years. (Though with Argy's request to wear the stockings, I should probably knock a year or two off their life.)