I’m sure I am not the only one taking down holiday decorations today. In some ways it is a relief to get the house back to normal, but on the flip side it is a little bittersweet to say good-bye to the wonder and excitement of the holidays. As I was restoring my workspace this morning (it gets tucked away to make room for the tree), I came across a book. And then a memory came rushing back. And then motivation took hold of me.
A few months ago I was teaching an intermediate colorwork class at Firefly Fibers. The group was fantastic and picked up the material very quickly, so toward the end of class I grabbed some books from the store shelves and started showing them what they could tackle next. In the stack of colorwork books I grabbed was 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos. We talked about how perfect this would be for a knitalong — knit a ball a month and when December rolls around you have 12 ornaments completed which can be given as gifts or used to decorate your own tree or home (there are some pretty sweet non-tree uses for these balls in the book!). Well, folks, I am doing it & I’m inviting anyone and everyone to join me!
55 Christmas Balls to Knit: Colorful Festive Ornaments, Tree Decorations, Centerpieces, Wreaths, & Window Dressings
by Arne & Carlos
Each of these balls is knit using sport weight yarn & using US size 2.5/3mm needles. Instructions for gauge as well as how to work each ball is included in the text.
I will be using Cascade 220 Sport unless otherwise listed.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
January’s installment is…
Christmas Ball #1, page 35
This month — being the first month — I wanted to keep it simple. A lovely, lovely snowflake. Classic, traditional, and very appropriate for this time of year where I live!
Happy New Year & Happy Knitting!