Knitted Christmas Tree ornaments

Yes, you read that right. Knitted Christmas balls. I obviously have too much time… Or not, as it took me about a year to make 10 pieces!
various designs of knitted christmas balls

I saw the knitted christmas tree ornaments in a book from Arne & Carlos: 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and was immediately sold on the idea, even though I realised it was going to be a lot of work. The instructions in the book are really clear. Still, if you’ve never knitted with more than 2 needles or more than one colour before, I can definitely say it’s a challenge.Work in progress

Luckily, a well timed Christmas present last year, ‘Ons Breiboek‘ came in handy. ‘Ons breiboek’ is a full-on manual for knitting, covering all the basics and a lot of more advanced techniques as well. (For the belgians reading this, this book is from the same organisation that publishes ‘Ons kookboek’, granny would be proud.)picture of red knitted ornament

So armed with 2 books, 5 needles and some cotton wool I set off on my task, and I have to say, once you master the technique involved, the balls practically knit themselves. Hehe, you didn’t believe that did you? But it does get easier, the general pattern for the ball stays the same every time, just the design changes (you could make the same design over and over again, but where’s the fun in that 😉 )white and blue knitted christmas tree ball

The end result was well worth the effort in my opinion. Now I just wish people would stop focussing on how fat and short me tree is and focus on the ornaments instead!Christmas tree with knitted ornamentsblue and white knitted ornament in the tree



Pink knitted cushion

A day later than promised but here’s the end result. I made this cushion as a housewarming gift for a friend. We didn’t actually get round to the housewarming, but I’m staying in their spare room at the moment (long story!), so that was an even better reason to give it. I love the bright colour and the pattern, although I do wish i’d knitted with a bit more tension, it’s a bit to loose for my liking.

I wanted to vary the pattern a bit from the previous cushion I made, so I made it a bit simpler. I was trying for squares but I love the woven effect I accidentally created.

What do you think? Nice gift?

Pretty in pink

I really need to get a good camera, taking pictures with my iPhone doesn’t look that great!

A guide to learning how to knit in London

Kicking off this new blog with an exciting topic: knitting!

I’ve recently learn how to knit again (I learnt before from my gran when I was a little girl), luckily it’s like riding a bike, the movements still seemed to be in my fingers. What wasn’t like riding a bike was learning how to purl. I had never learned how to do this before, and it felt really jarring at first. But I managed to get over my initial scepticisim and now I’m enjoying my new-found ability to create all sorts of great patterns.

Here’s how I went about learning to knit: Continue reading