December 13: A Stocking for Ann

Last Christmas, Mason asked Santa for a cat. We tried explaining that Santa wasn’t going to bring a cat, in that we weren’t up for a new pet.
Fortunately Santa worked his magic, and to our surprise brought two new kittens to the neighbor’s house across the street. The neighbor is never home, so they live in our garage most of the time. I’m not sure what their names are at their real home, but at our house they’re known as Smithy and Shane.
When I first made our stockings, we still had our dog Ginny and my cat Penelope. Both of them are now gone, so Mason had me change the name on their stockings to Smithy and Shane. I bet we’re the only family in town with stockings for cats who belong to the neighbor.
And when you start feeding two cats, before you know it you are feeding an entire neighborhood of cats. I even walked in on a skunk this summer. And no, I am NOT making a stocking for a skunk. He’s been evicted.
One of the neighborhood strays has pretty much claimed us as her family. She was very shy and afraid at first, but has finally warmed up to us. Mason has named her Ann, and naturally I had to make a stocking for her this year.
They no longer make the yarn I used for my original stockings, so I decided to use Worsted Hand Dyes from Blue Sky Alpacas. Yes, I realize it cost $50 for cat stocking yarn, but we’ve already established that I’m nuts.
This Stocking for Ann pattern is my gift for you today!
Before you start thinking you’ll use a more economical yarn, first consider this. It really isn’t for a cat, or even for my son. I am the one only one in the house that cares what it looks like, and I wanted something that would look really nice with my other stockings.
Additionally, I am the one who had to knit it. Why use a subpar yarn? I’m telling you, hands down the Worsted Hand Dyes yarn is one of the nicest, most wonderful yarns I’ve seen yet. It truly is a pleasure to use.
You really should treat yourself to a skein of this delicious yarn. If not for a cat stocking, then how about a pair of cozy mitts for you?
This One Cable Mitt pattern is free from Blue Sky Alpacas, and takes just one skein of Worsted Hand Dyes. You really must experience this yarn!
I’m so excited about this yarn, that I’m giving a skein away today. Comment to this post, sharing what ridiculous things do you do for the holidays? I know I’m not the only nutty person out there! I’ll pick a winner on Sunday.


  • rczb

    13.12.2014 at 13:03 Reply

    I like making the traditional sweets for the holidays: pecan icebox cookies, fudge, potato candy. When I was growing up, I was one of 5 children, so learned to make things in quantity. I’m still inclined to make enough to share. What makes this ridiculous is that I don’t find enough people to share with, and end up eating too much myself. Trust me, the last thing I need to do is gain more weight!

  • Leah

    13.12.2014 at 13:41 Reply

    In the past, I have made dog biscuits for some of the neighborhood dogs. Since I’m not sure any of the neighbors would truly appreciate that gift for their pets, I may bake some for some of the relatives’ dogs. I even have a dog biscuit cutter. 🙂
    I don’t think our pets have ever had Christmas stockings — should they be feeling deprived?
    While Smithy and Shane are cute, Ann is very pretty!

    • keely

      14.12.2014 at 08:26 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. If you know what color of Worsted Hand Dyes you’d like, just let us know. Otherwise you can pick out a color next time you’re here.

      • Leah

        14.12.2014 at 14:00 Reply

        Thanks so much Keely — I looove Blue Sky Alpaca yarns! I’ll be in this week on either Tues. or Thurs. (or both). In looking at the colors, I’m thinking Cranberry or Charcoal.

  • mschoir01

    13.12.2014 at 20:20 Reply

    One word: Fruitcake. Now, once you stop laughing, it’s really more of a nut cake with fruit because it has one pound of pecans in each cake. Everyone who tastes it admits that it’s delicious, but most insist that they don’t like fruitcake. I have also been known to make mincemeat pie along with the pumpkin, cherry, and eggnog.

  • Melann526

    13.12.2014 at 21:14 Reply

    Well, you know we share certain crazy aspects of our personality. I definitely have stockings for my dogs, and I’ve been knitting Christmas ornaments. I’m with you on not using yarn that you don’t enjoy, even for stuff you won’t be wearing.
    We’re also going all out with decorating this year. 2 trees, garlands, wreaths, you name it. Never mind that there’s only two of us. It makes me happy.

  • SarahB

    13.12.2014 at 22:51 Reply

    I like to make batches of cookies and share with the neighbors. Inevitably, someone is out of town or really busy and I end up stalking them to give them their cookies!Happens every year… I also got this crazy idea to use a gingerbread house with active doors as an advent calendar – open one door per day for a little treat for the kids [ kind of like 24 Days of Swak 😉 ] Only it’s turned into this crazy daily treasure hunt and the prizes are getting bigger and bigger! Like a mini tree for their room. Who’s idea was this? We aren’t Jewish! It should be just one day for gifts. I should really put a stop to it …. maybe, next year.

  • jlbeene83

    13.12.2014 at 22:52 Reply

    Trying to make gifts for people is crazy for me cause I always wait till the last minute!! 🙂 Was working on some tonight as a matter of fact!

  • pharris824

    13.12.2014 at 23:20 Reply

    This year, probably the craziest thing I’ve done (so far) is to take my sweet rescue sheltie girl down to get her picture taken with Santa! It was a benefit for The Bella Foundation, and they were able to get a great picture of my not-so-photogenic pup! 🙂

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