December (and Final!) Merry KAL Wrap-Up

365days ago I invited ‘anyone and everyone’ to join me in a year-long knitalong. I had absolutely no idea what to expect and a part of me kind of expected that I might be working on Arne & Carlos’ 55 Christmas Balls to Knit alone all year. To my great surprise & delight, within a couple days interest was growing & a group began to form. Martine from iMake heard about the KAL & offered to co-host & open a thread in her Ravelry group so that we’d be able to more easily chat about our projects. Some knitters created a ball every single month, some dropped in and out as time allowed, some joined right away in January, and some found us late in the year — whatever the case, I just want to say it has been a privilege to work with each and every knitter in the group. You have made this project so very special and incredibly fun.

And today, December 31st, our little knitalong comes to an end. We made it! Hooray!

As always, I have my finished photos ready for you.

dec ballsI did all three balls, of course,  and I used natural/white & grey for all three. I wasn’t sure how great they would be with the lower contrast, but I absolutely love them. I think they are just perfect for snow themed ornaments.  Many thanks to my knitting buddy who gave me the white when I knew I would run short. Unfortunately, this did not completely allow me to avoid yarn drama. With about 4rows left to go on the last ball I completely ran out of grey. Smack dab in the middle of the holidays when my LYS was closed. Suffice to say, an emergency yarn order was placed and I managed to get the yarn here & finish on time. Phew.

Sadly, this delay forced me to take photos this morning in the middle of our current cold snap. At about 10degrees F today, it is significantly warmer than the high of 1degree F yesterday, but when the wind blows, it is still awfully cold. It took me about 3 trips outside to get the clothesline & all the Christmas balls hung this morning.  Brrrr!  But so worth it for the final group photo — I thought we were all worth it. The photos of individual balls I took on our family tree. Speaking of which, let me get to it…

First, Christmas Ball #2: Frost.

ball2I love the two alternating designs.

ball2-2This side is so simple, but so pretty.

Next, Christmas Ball#3: Snowflakes

ball3This little ornament is super dainty looking — love it!

And, last but not least, Christmas Ball #4: New Snow

ball4 The design is so classic & traditional looking. Old school. Sweet.

To be sure many of us will continue on to knit more of these delightful ornaments, both those with patterns in the book and of our own design — but it will be a bit different apart from the familiar voices of this knitalong. I am looking forward to staying in touch, though, through following my fellow kniters’ blogs and projects. I should see some of you over at Martine’s crochet-along — she’s spearheading a crochet snowflake project for 2014 that is sure to be grand. If I’m lucky, a few may even come along on my next year-long adventure — I’ll announce that tomorrow so stay tuned!.

And last but not least, at the suggestion of some of you I’ve also started the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group — it’s a forum for you to share ideas, ask questions, spread enthusiasm, talk about & share a photo of what’s on your needles, inspire friends, show off your projects, and generally talk about your knitting & spinning experiences. Everyone is welcome — I would love to see you there!

I will close this post our MerryKAL tradition — the clothesline photo of all the Christmas Balls to date. The Merry KAL has been tremendous — A big, no  h u g e, thank you to everyone who participated! You’ve made it a grand adventure! Let’s do it again soon!

December all ballsxoxo

Sarah

8 responses to “December (and Final!) Merry KAL Wrap-Up

  1. Oh I am sorry to see the Merry Kal come to a close. But so, so happy that I found it this year – and YOU! And Martine! And Tony! And Arne and Carlos!

    I love how your “grey” and white balls look – almost as if they were silver and white!! So frosty perfect for displaying in January!

    Happy New Year Sarah and once again, a heart felt thank you!

  2. Wonderful!! I missed the KAL but I’m going to make an ornament each month during 2014! You inspired my to buy the book and it arrived several weeks ago.

  3. Awww all good things must come to an end 😦 It’s been wonderful – for so many reasons. THANK YOU! Here’s to the next collaboration.

    PS the grey looks amazing!

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