Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Balls

balls by Paula knits
balls, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

These are my first attempt at patterns from 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos. The basic pattern's pretty easy. I haven't gotten the stuffing quite right yet, but hope to get there next time. Arne & Carlos recommend using wool roving for stuffing.

They are fairly quick to knit. This makes them fun for colorwork practice. You can try out Scandinavian designs without committing to a pair of mittens, let alone a sweater. They have a lot of potential beyond the book's nice patterns. I'm thinking of using some of the stranger textured yarns in my stash to see how they come out. You can make your own designs.

I got the book and a related kit from Paradise Fibers.


Gracey is not my name.... said...

Nice job!

Martha said...

they are fab and such fun to knit!
im on my 17th one!
i use poliestre fibre to stuff my balls. its springy and keep the shape well. cotton wool didnt work with me - too clumpy and hard.