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Sharing My Knitted Christmas Ball Addiction!!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 23:04
Am admitting to a little addiction!!! Knitting beautiful ornament balls from "55 Christmas Balls to Knit" by Arne and Carlos.
If you knit, and are trying to figure out the perfect hand knitted gifts to give this season - order yourself a copy now and get started knitting!!
Once you have knitted a couple, you will find that you are able to complete a whole ball in just a few hours.
Certainly not much yarn is needed to complete a ball, However, if you do decide to work from stash, wool - sport weight - would be your best bet. These are the first three balls made while trying to figure out what kind of yarn worked for me. Acrylic does work, the heart was knit in acrylic, but again, wool with a fairly tight twist quickly became my yarn of choice.
I am currently using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport - all of the above were knit with this yarn.
Arne and Carlos invite knitters to create designs of their own - they even provide a chart in the back of the book to be used just for that purpose.
After knitting a few balls, I just had to give it a try - after all - there are no Dala's in the book!!! My first attempt needs some tweaking but it is a good start toward a Dala. The 'shroom ball was shared in a previous post, and there is one more little ball that I can't share yet because it was made for a friend and she hasn't received it yet!!
Diane recently asked me about how these balls are constructed and I took a couple images for her - the right side and wrong side during the knitting process. I am thinking non-knitters may find them interesting as well.
You can order your very own copy of "55 Christmas Balls to Knit" here. And take a little time to visit Arne and Carlos on their web site here, their blog here, Ravelry here and here or follow them on Instagram here. I also understand they are on Facebook, but I don't venture over there so you are on your own!!!
They are an amazingly creative, talented and enthusiastic design team. You can not help but come away with a smile in your heart when you visit.