Ever since I was in high school, I have always thought it would be a lovely thing to have a Christmas tree decorated entirely with handmade decorations. And have I done anything towards that idea since? No. No I have not!
I have bought some lovely decorations (yay for half price sales post-Christmas!) and I have made decorations for others (gifts and swaps with knitting groups) but none for myself.
Until now! I saw this book recently, on a blog maybe, or Ravelry, I can’t recall now, and when it became available from an Australian seller, I bought it!
How could I not? Look how cute Arne & Carlos are! Love them! And they have the cutest video on their website, check it out!
There are so many great patterns to choose from, all using the same basic ball shape. Some are christmas related pictures, while there are also patterns as well. Most are simple two colour designs but there is one or two with three colours, and some use glitter/lurex yarns.
Pattern: I’ve always loved rocking horses, so the choice for my first ball was (fairly) easy – #27, rocking horse.
Yarn: MillaMia Naturally Soft merino, in 160 Fawn and 140 Scarlet (about 10g in total). This is lovely yarn to knit with!
Sticks: 3mm KnitPicks Harmony dpns. Most of the designs are split into quarters (making it easy to divide over 4 dpns). I might consider using magic loop for the next one, see if that helps with my stranding. Because it is a bit bubbly, although steam blocking (over my electric kettle!) helped. As did stuffing the balls.
Modifications: I used Emily Ocker’s cast on, to tighten up the cast on hole nicely, rather than doing this once the ball is finished, as the pattern suggests. It is a bit fiddly casting on 12 stitches using this method, but I managed it.
I also, accidently, did the decreases differently, as I was working off the chart for the design, rather than the basic pattern, but it doesn’t really matter. I will try to do them as per the pattern next time to see what difference it makes in the look!
I also used the end of the yarn (once finished) to crochet the hanging loop, rather than doing it separately.
I know there’s only one ball (Ball! just didn’t sound as silly for the subject) but there will be more! It might take a while to get a whole Christmas tree of decorations, but I will get there, eventually.
Have a great holiday!