It's far from perfect, but the fact that it's complete is miraculous to me.
So this is basically a sock (go figure), which is something that I never in a million years thought I'd be compelled to attempt--I honestly never thought I'd have the balls to try anything other than scarves. As it turns out, socks are easy! I had this book to help me along, as well as my trusty Stitch n' Bitch. I only stalled during the picking-up-stitches portion and knittinghelp.com mostly cleared up that confusion.
Here's a not-that-great picture for context:
And here is the post that started it all in June. I ended up working with this pattern (free!) which sort of fit the bill, though I obviously made some length and color variations. I'm not entirely happy with it, so there will be some finagling in attempt number two.
Number two! I'm on fire!
I don't think I'll have three coordinating stockings by Christmas (especially in light of the fact that I want to remake the first), but I'm satisfied with having a enough stockings for the three of us for now.
Just look at the size of that thing! Finley's going to make out like a bandit.