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late snow . . .






Two mornings this week have provided a snowy winter scene; the last one melted away by early afternoon. I can’t imagine ever tiring of snow: light snow, a blizzard, moonlight on porcelain snow, the crisp blue skies afterwards . . . And I am grateful to have a warm home and clothes and ample food to be able to enjoy the winter snow as I do. I know it would be a very different story if I were cold, hungery and in danger. So I marvel at this late gentle snow and hope the plants in the garden don’t mind too much.

Finalists for PlaceSetting Stocking . . .

the finalists
Ok. So here are the finalists, in all their glory, for PlaceSetting Stockings. It has to be narrowed down to something relatively simple so the instructions don’t get too complex. As you can see from this grouping, candy cane stripes are the clear winner! Ok. So candy cane stripes. Then what? Give options for several cuff styles? Options add complexity. So no (sigh; a little loss). Which cuff? I like the one with 4 ridges. Simple and fun! After many hours of knitting all sorts of ideas, the final idea emerges: candy cane stripes with a four ridge cuff. What about colors? . . . to be revealed.

PlaceSetting Stockings

. . . a happy gathering of PlaceSetting Stockings . . .

. . . a happy gathering of PlaceSetting Stockings . . .

The PlaceSetting Stockings are needing to be finished! And this is what they look like at the moment: a wonderful pile of assorted colors, ideas, and themes. The work at hand is to distill this glorious gathering into some sort of order. Like, how many colorways? How many stockings in each colorway? And those answers rather depend on the broader organizational question, what does a kit comprise? All to be revealed!

. . . they rearranged themselves! . . .

. . . they rearranged themselves! . . .

Two Imagine Calendar

Judy Tollefson (Judy’s Colors) and Meredith Mustard (Parenting Coach) are talented artists and call themselves Two Imagine. They have created this whimsically sophisticated 2013 art wall calendar by magically weaving together Judy’s drawings and Meredith’s paintings—all for your year-long viewing pleasure!May 2013 Two Imagine Wall Calendar

8.5×14″, spiral bound with hanging loop at the top.

Contact me if you’d like to purchase a calendar.

Judy’s Colors Shopping Spree!

Looking for gifts for the knitters in your life?

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Block That Stocking!

how to block a Christma Stocking

vigorous blocking!!!

These stockings benefit from some really aggressive blocking! You can see the whole story on Judy’s Colors’ Facebook page, and I PROMISE to get it here very soon!

How the Skiing Christmas Stocking Happened

Who would have thought a Christmas Stocking design would come from a mitten? Well, here at Judy’s Colors, with eccentric Judy at the helm, patterns can come from just about anywhere. Wait till you see the mittens and hat that came from boots and socks!

Nancy C wanted mittens for her family; for herself, she wanted her favorite hearts and pink colors. And so Nancy’s mitten was made. Nice mitten, but it didn’t remind me of Nancy at all. So she got another mitten, which has no photo so I can’t show it to you!, but it is black and a dark green with a sophisticated motif and lace at the top of a very short cuff. She loved it.

Mitten design inspired Christmas Stocking design

Anyway, I kept thinking there was a stocking in that mitten, somewhere. So I started with the braids and pink heart/star motif.

ribbing for skiing Christmas stocking
Made the braids a little different, but didn’t like them at the top of the stocking. Reused the leg yarn, but kept the braiding for “another day”.
Skiing Christmas Stocking

So I put ribbing at the top of the stocking; by now the whole design was taking on the look of (to me!) ski stockings, so “Skiing” came into being. At this stage, I liked the braids at the bottom of the leg, and I didn’t like the ribbing at the top.

Skiing Christmas Stocking

As the stocking was evolving, I had hoped to do three colorways: pink, lavender and apple green. The idea and I just couldn’t work together, so I gave up and did something else.

Originally I had not intended to make a place for initials on any of the designs, but you kept asking for them, so “I had to do it my way”! (NC is a nod to Nancy C) So they landed at the ankle. But I thought they looked “weak” between the braids and foot.

Color change for Skiing Christmas Stocking Getting closer to the final design: simple braid at the top and initials or star motif above the thick braiding at the ankle. Just didn’t think the blue would appeal. I was wrong; those of you who have seen this partial, like it!
Final design of the Skiing Christmas Stocking

And here is the final Skiing Christmas stocking, in the red/green colorway.

The grey/maroon version is inspired by my sighting of grey-hooded teens in droves who wouldn’t be caught dead in any kind of color. Turns out it is a favorite colorway with you! It has lots of greens in it, which I really love.

If there were an army of elves at my “beck and call”, I would love to do a show of these stockings. Titled something like “All Alike, None the Same”. Then knit them up in at least 30 different colorways! It really is an easy stocking to change the colors. I bet I could do the original idea of pink, lavender and apple green without any trouble now.