THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING

“Dream your dreams, my child, and knit them into the wool.”
A long time ago a girl named Claire learned to knit by her mother’s side. As the mother knit mittens, scarves and all sorts of clothing for the wealthy people of the town, Claire set about knitting stockings to keep her toes warm. Claire, her mother and father, you see, were poor. They lived in a stone hut, with little wood to burn and meagre food to eat. So Claire knit stockings and–with Christmas approaching–heeded her mother’s words to knit her Christmas dreams into the wool.

Soon Claire became known as the stocking girl–with many orders for stockings to fill. One such order ensured her a handsome payment. Enough to fill her family’s hut with light and food. But as she trudged through the snow to deliver the stockings on Christmas Eve, Claire was stirred to share her knitted dreams with someone truly in need.

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Delacorte Books, ISBN # 0-385-90855-5

“Wrapped in a handsome package—a tall, slim format that provides plenty of space for the dreamy, full-page colored-pencil pictures. A lovely Christmas miracle.” -Booklist

“Ibatoulline illustrates Winthrop’s mid-length tale with snowy scenes in appropriate soft-focus, featuring a very small child huddled in a dim, sparsely furnished room knitting brightly decorated stockings as her mother – and later on, her loving father – hover in the background. A tale of kindness recompensed.
-Kirkus Reviews


Click here to download a Christmas currant cake recipe.

Click here to see a pattern for an old fashioned puffy toe Christmas stocking.
Click here to download an easy Christmas stocking pattern that first time knitters will love! Throw in some yarn and the book and you’ve got a perfect present for under the tree.