We are in Pennsylvania for a short time to enjoy the holidays and some wonderful cold weather and beautiful snow! Sledding, hot chocolate, reading and game playing have all been happening in large doses. It has been wonderful to be with family these past few months and we have a couple more months of it ahead (though we are headed back south at the end of this week). And, while I struggle with waves of homesickness for our own home, overall we remain grateful for how well it has worked to be with our parents during this time of transition.
When we returned north last week, I was grateful to find Mom's sewing machine and threw together a stocking for Rowan. I made one for Jonah's first Christmas (you can see it in this post from long-ago). When we moved to Scotland we shipped a few boxes of things, but I didn't think to include Christmas stockings and a nativity, which I regretted. I made four felt stockings to use in Scotland, but always knew that I wanted to make each of the boys their own stocking eventually. Jonah's remains in storage in Seattle until we settle, so he borrowed a stocking from Grandma this year, who has several extras floating around.
I pictured making them all similar to Jonah's using solid colored wool and christmas patchwork, but decided this year that their stocking can be as different as my little ones are, plus I really don't like making more than one of anything - planning is the fun part! I had such a good time raiding Mom's stash of fabric and found ticking, trim and green flannel to go with a wee bit of Mona Luna toadstool fabric that I left here after my birthday. It is lined with off-white flannel and the toe looks better since being ironed. I am still contemplating adding a little Rowan tree somewhere on the stocking, but here it is ready-or-not.