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!
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.
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.)
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 😉 )
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!
I have to admit, I’m a bit jealous of my sisters knitting skills! Years ago my grandmother taught me how to knit but I kind of lost the hang of it during puberty (knitting was NOT cool!). Years later I actually want to knit but grandmother is no longer around 🙁 Continue reading →
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!
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.