TerrapinKnits

create your own family holiday tradition

Vermont, United States · 2928 Sales

TerrapinKnits

create your own family holiday tradition

Vermont, United States 2928 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(647)

Announcement   Here at Terrapin Knits we create unique knitted Christmas stockings for you and your family. Order them for children and grandchildren, one at a time (they are made to match year after year!) or order and design them as a group with color or design themes. I will work with you, and together we can create a very special set that is truly "one of a kind art" for your family and will become a treasured tradition of the your holidays.

For more photos of custom sets see: https://www.facebook.com/Terrapin-Knits-122236237838185/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

More about this business:

These wonderful heirloom quality stockings are hand made on a knitting loom. They were offered though the Garnet Hill Natural Fibers catalog for 20 years and now I am happy to be able to offer them directly to you through Etsy. This allows us to collaborate and create a more unique and personal collection (custom stockings available January through October). I look forward to working with you!

Please contact me to match older stockings, design new ones, or combine listings to form a family collection. I enjoy hearing from people either here, or on Facebook at Terrapin Knits. Plan ahead to make your Christmas special for years to come! (the price for custom stockings is always the same: $63/stocking)

about Christmas Stockings....

"Like most American customs, the Christmas stocking probably came across the ocean with generations of immigrants. Perhaps some Catholics knew the legend of St. Nicholas. Perhaps some Dutch transformed their tradition of putting out clogs full of straw for Santa's reindeer. Italian children brought the idea of putting out their shoes for La Bufana, the good witch. And in classic American tradition, all these legends and customs mixed together (along with a few home-grown ideas) and before long the Christmas Stocking became an essential part of how we celebrate Christmas."

From "Santa and His Works", By Rebecca Roberts, illustrated by Thomas Nast

Announcement
Last updated on Mar 14, 2016

Here at Terrapin Knits we create unique knitted Christmas stockings for you and your family. Order them for children and grandchildren, one at a time (they are made to match year after year!) or order and design them as a group with color or design themes. I will work with you, and together we can create a very special set that is truly "one of a kind art" for your family and will become a treasured tradition of the your holidays.

For more photos of custom sets see: https://www.facebook.com/Terrapin-Knits-122236237838185/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

More about this business:

These wonderful heirloom quality stockings are hand made on a knitting loom. They were offered though the Garnet Hill Natural Fibers catalog for 20 years and now I am happy to be able to offer them directly to you through Etsy. This allows us to collaborate and create a more unique and personal collection (custom stockings available January through October). I look forward to working with you!

Please contact me to match older stockings, design new ones, or combine listings to form a family collection. I enjoy hearing from people either here, or on Facebook at Terrapin Knits. Plan ahead to make your Christmas special for years to come! (the price for custom stockings is always the same: $63/stocking)

about Christmas Stockings....

"Like most American customs, the Christmas stocking probably came across the ocean with generations of immigrants. Perhaps some Catholics knew the legend of St. Nicholas. Perhaps some Dutch transformed their tradition of putting out clogs full of straw for Santa's reindeer. Italian children brought the idea of putting out their shoes for La Bufana, the good witch. And in classic American tradition, all these legends and customs mixed together (along with a few home-grown ideas) and before long the Christmas Stocking became an essential part of how we celebrate Christmas."

From "Santa and His Works", By Rebecca Roberts, illustrated by Thomas Nast

Wendy McIntosh

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Wendy McIntosh

Nutcracker Christmas Stocking, personalized
US$63.00
Personalized Christmas Stocking, penguins
US$63.00
Personalized Christmas Stocking with an Owl
US$63.00
Neutral two tone Christmas stocking
US$63.00
Red and White Christmas Stockings
US$63.00
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Stockings make great wedding gifts! Let me know if your stockings are a wedding gift and I will include a white box and bow.

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About

Terrapinknits grew out of Garnet Hill...

Years ago I began knitting as a hand knitter, taught by my two German grandmothers. Later, I became friends with Grant Dowse and Pegge Kirschner who were just beginning to expand the Garnet Hill Natural Fiber business out of their sugar house dwelling in Franconia, New Hampshire. I began by stapling swatches of sheets into the catalogs and moved onto customer service. Then over time, Grant talked me into getting a knitting machine so that I could knit items for the catalog. The first year he wanted baby clothes..some baby bonnets and leg warmers. But soon we noticed that the personalized Christmas Stockings we offered had the best future.

Sadly however, Grant and Pegge were soon lost to us all in a tragic plane crash after a photo shoot for the catalog. It was an enormous and profound setback for both the Franconia community and the new business. Garnet Hill had a number of different owners in the next few years. I continued to supply Christmas stockings for quite a while, and during this time many families began their own holiday traditions with my Christmas Stockings.

When Garnet Hill moved away from offering handmade items, I had to consider new options. I have loved joining the Etsy Craft community ! The most exciting change for me has been the fantastic opportunity to work on more custom projects. Etsy provides such an efficient route of communication with customers, and together we have come up with new energetic ideas and stocking collections.

I take pride in working with high quality materials that promote heirloom durability and resource sustainability, and have been fortunate to have a long term wool source in Jaggerspun of Maine.

My knitting work in a home studio is a conscientious choice to be part of a sustainable lifestyle. My day does not include a driving commute to work, instead it often includes outdoor chores such as gardening, mowing with a reel mower, hand shoveling snow, and gathering vegetables, seeds, herbs or kindling. I live close to the passing of the seasons, the movements of the animals, and the vagaries of the weather.

I usually do all my own knitting designing because this is the way I connect with life experiences. I used to travel with my knitting loom. The knitting “machine” is primarily a hand tool, ( much like a loom,) yet the process is much faster (one row at a time rather than one stitch at a time), thus allowing for more prolific output. I design my patterns on graph paper and then punch them onto a plastic card. I knit by pushing a cam across the row, and I hand pick the heels, toes, bind offs and all the names in the cuffs. There is a lot of handwork in each stocking. At the present time, each and every stocking is made by me.

My ongoing mission is to present beautiful handmade items that inspire celebration of the wonder, mystery and beauty of life in a community of other people doing the same.

History of Garnet Hill
http://www.garnethill.com/AboutUsView?storeId=10054&catalogId=10054&langId=-1&contentKey=WCM_HISTORY&pageName=History&baseKeyValue=WCM_ABOUT_US

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Shop policies

Last updated on January 4, 2016
Welcome to the Terrapin Knits shop. I am a hand and machine knitter who enjoys creative knitting. I offered these stockings for over 20 years through Garnet Hill, where they enjoyed a loyal following as collection pieces for families who enjoyed the tradition of holiday stockings.

I make the bottom parts of the stockings in advance, and then knit and add the personalized cuff, so turn around time is kept short, usually within a week. Accents, hyphens and double names are fine.

At Garnet Hill I worked in customer service, and I stand by the same policies: In every transaction your satisfaction is completely guaranteed.

Please do let me know if there are any special instructions. I can ship to a different address if you are sending a gift. I can also rush a shipment except during the last 2 weeks before Christmas.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
You can make payment with paypal, a credit card or alternatively.... some people prefer to send a check. My address will appear if you choose "payment by check". Please contact Terrapin Knits if you have any questions about payment options.

For more info about Custom orders and a detailed timeline, please scroll down to "additional information."
Shipping
I generally send single stockings via United States Postal service, first class. Multiple stockings usually go priority mail. After Thanksgiving I use priority mail for most shipments. Please let me know if you would like to upgrade to a faster service, or use a different carrier.

IMPORTANT INFO FOR CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE OF USA:
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The shipping is Expensive and then you might still be charged by your Country for Customs Duties and VAT or other Taxes. Please check this web address which will give your info on your country's import duties as a guideline and the CONTACT YOUR POST OFFICE TO VERIFY so you would be prepared to pay the additional costs. Our price for product and shipping DOES NOT INCLUDE your local taxes and customs duties and fees.

http://www.dutycalculator.com/hs-code-duty-rate-import-restrictions/950510/christmas-stockings/9505.10.2500/9505.10.9000/2087/
Refunds and Exchanges
I am always happy to refund for return of the stocking, even if it is personalized. And in the embarrassing event that your great aunt mispelled your newborn's name ...I will change it for just the price of the shipping ($5.00) If I mispell it...that would be for free.

You can also get a stocking re-cuffed and that is available anytime ..for as long as I can knit I guess...for a charge of $25.00 plus $5 shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
It has been a wonderful year of custom work! I have had the chance to work with many people, and we have cooperatively come up with some awesome collections, including some new color schemes, and new motifs.

However, this is only possible for 10 months of the year, NOT during November or December. These are extremely busy months, and I can not do custom work then because of the attention and care that is required. During these 2 months, please order from the posted listings, which represent stockings that are prepared ahead of time, and are waiting to receive their names cuffs.

A Basic timeline:

Jan - Oct 30 : custom orders accepted.

Nov 1: after this date I can no longer accept custom stocking orders for Christmas of this year, please order from the posted listings. (not the sold listings) To be even more clear: I can still personalize the cuffs of stockings ordered from the listings. I just can no longer make changes to the "leg" designs of the stockings. The stockings listed in the shop at this point are pre-made (by me over the summer).

Nov 22: this is the deadline to order personalized stockings being sent outside of the USA

Dec 10: this is the deadline to order personalized stockings to addresses within the US guaranteed for Christmas Delivery. (There is often less of a design selection during the last week of ordering time...many designs sell out).

The turn around time (from my receiving an order, to my sending stockings) is usually within one week (except for custom orders) until Thanksgiving, after which it may be 10-12 days.

I do guarantee Christmas Delivery, unless I let you know otherwise.