In Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, you’ll get the Stocking from Ellen by bringing her a ball of yarn between Winter 1st-23rd. But this event can only occur once you have at least 8 friendship notes with Ellen.
Getting Ellen’s stocking is also part of another event called the Thomas Claus event. This is a rare reoccurring event that only happens if you have the Stocking/Sock hanging on your wall on Winter 25th.
As long as you have the Stocking hanging from the coat hooks in your house, Mayor Thomas will sneak into the farmhouse on the night of Winter 25th to leave you a random gift.
This event will also give you +20 Friendship Points with Mayor Thomas.
Here are all the steps to follow to get the Stocking and unlock the Thomas Claus event:
Step 1: Befriend Ellen
Ellen is Yu and Elly’s grandmother, who lives permanently inside her house beside Mayor Thomas’ residence.
You can visit her from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM as she never leaves and sits in her rocking chair for most of the day.
To trigger the Stocking event, you’ll need to have 8 friendship notes with Ellen.
You can quickly boost your friendship with her by giving her gifts like Honey, fruits, and animal products like Cheese and Yarn.
Step 2: Obtain a Ball of Yarn (Any Size)
While you’re working on your friendship with Ellen, you can focus on taking care of Sheep, Angora Rabbits, or Alpacas in your downtime.
These are barn animals that can be bought from Lillia at PoPoultry, or Mugi from Yodel Ranch.
Once they start living on your farm, they’ll produce fleece that can be processed into valuable spools of Yarn. You’ll need that Yarn to get your Stocking.
Getting Sheep/Angora Rabbits/Alpacas
Sheep and Alpacas can be bought from Mugi, whereas Angora Rabbits can only be purchased from Lillia.
|Ranch||Days Open||Time Open||Inventory||Price|
|PoPoultry||Monday – Saturday||11:00 AM – 4:00 PM||Angora Rabbit||3,000 G|
|Yodel Ranch||Tuesday – Sunday||10:00 AM – 3:00 PM||Sheep||4,000 G|
- Angora Rabbits can regrow their fur in 5 days after being sheared.
- Sheep and Alpacas need 7 days to fully regrow their fleece after being sheared.
The Big Barn/Coop Upgrade
The next thing you need to do is upgrade your Barn or Coop so you can buy the Yarn Maker.
Note: The Yarn Maker will not be available if you only have the basic buildings on your farm.
To upgrade, head over to Gotts’ Workshop just south of Mineral Town with the following resources:
|Cost||Big Coop||Big Barn|
|G||5,000 G||6,800 G|
After 3 days when the building upgrade is complete, the Yarn Maker will finally be unlocked.
Getting the Yarn Maker
You’ll know that the Yarn Maker is available when Saibara sends you a letter in the mail about the Maker Machines.
Head over to the Forge with 20,000 G and one Adamantite to buy the Yarn Maker.
It will be automatically installed in your Barn or Coop after one day.
To process raw Fleece or Fur into Yarn, simply feed the item into the Yarn Maker and it will pop out fresh spools of Yarn ready for knitting.
You can choose to put this Yarn in the Shipping Bin, but make sure to keep one around to give to Ellen!
Step 3: Ask Ellen to Knit You a Stocking
When it’s finally Winter, you can visit Ellen with a ball of Yarn to obtain your Stocking.
Simply hold the Yarn in your hands and interact with her to start the event – but there are some conditions.
These are all the requirements to get Ellen to knit you the Stocking:
- Visit her from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- It must be any day starting from Winter 1st until the 23rd (except Wednesdays)
- It is not stormy
- Your Barn or Coop has been upgraded to the Big Barn or Coop
- You have a Yarn Maker installed in the Barn or Coop
- You’ve given a ball of Yarn to Ellen
Note: If Ellen will not accept the yarn ball when you try to give it to her, that likely means you’ve already given her a gift for that day. To solve this just wait until the next day and give her the yarn as the very first gift of that day.
After the cutscene, Ellen will give you the Stocking to hang on your wall in preparation for Thomas Claus.
Step 4: Go to Sleep on Winter 25th
After putting the Stocking up on the coat hook in your farmhouse, go to sleep between 9:00 PM and 12:00 AM on Winter 25th.
Instead of waking up the next day as you normally would, you’ll first see a cutscene with Mayor Thomas entering the farmhouse and placing a gift into the Stocking.
The next day, you can look into your Stocking to find any one of the following gifts: