Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My First Christmas Stocking

This is my childhood Christmas stocking. My Mama made it from a material that was called Lantuck. The Lantuck plant was just a few miles from my house. It is what is used for interfacing. I still want to call the stuff Lantuck. My hometown, Valley, Alabama, where I still live, was a mill town. Everything was run by "The Company." This referred to West Point Pepperell. We made towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, everything textile. Thanks to a couple of corporate raiders who, as far as I'm concerned, are damned to the deepest pits of Hell, the company went out of business. Bill Farley came in, bought everything, sold off the assetts, and ran away with the money. The company tried to make a go of it after that but was further raped by another raider, Carl Icahn. All the jobs are gone, although the company still limps along with mills in other countries. This is the kind of thing that has led to the financial crisis we suffer from today. It is sickening to see Carl Icahn in the society pages or magazines where they go on and on, gushing about his extravagant lifestyle. Oh yes, he owns houses all over the world. Goodie for him. Meanwhile, people here struggle to pay their bills and can't afford health insurance. Bill and Carl - two of the devil's henchmen. I think Mick Jagger sang about them in Sympathy for the Devil. Well, I didn't mean to get off on that tangent! LOL. Maybe I am a little bitter.
Anyway, I love this pitiful little stocking. I plan to duplicate it in wool. I just need to buy a good bit of red wool. The lantuck one will still be cared for and loved, because my Mama made it.


Cathy said...

Go for it Julie!! It helps to get things off your chest!! Bag them out as much as you like, it sounds like they deserve it!!
I love your special special!!
Have a Happy New Year!! Cathyx

Isabella said...

Yeh funny how you only get one side of a story, Ilove my wee stocking my friend gave me two years ago its all beaded.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

How cute is that?? Love the stocking.
Happy New Year!!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Yep, this year's in the bag, thank goodness!

Love your rant!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Hey, with any luck, they invested with the 50 billion dollar crook!

Rhonda said...

Yep! Let it all out, Julie!

Love the stocking... adorable!

Sharon said...

The stocking is really sweet. You gotta rant somewhere and why not here where everyone is willing to listen ;)

Have a Happy New Year!

Kay said...

It's good to just get stuff that weigh heavily off your chest. That's what bloggers are for. I love your stocking. Have a terrific new year!

Sunna Reyr said...

Happy new year Julie, I have bin reading your blog for some time now, and like your way of thinking, Im glad there are others feeling like me about these scums that leech money from working people. We have some of them here in Iceland too.We dont have stocking traditions but have them as ornaments. I like yours.
Happy sewing.