This was supposed to be my first Christmas ball but I’ve run out of yarn.
It’s ok really because it’s just for practice. You might recall that I’ve signed up for KnittingSarah’s “More the Merrier” knitalong to knit one ball a month from Arne and Carlos’s wonderful book 55 Christmas balls. If all goes to plan I should have twelve knitted decorations to hang on my tree at the end of the year.
This is my first proper attempt at stranded colourwork knitting, and I confess it’s been quite tricky learning to knit with yarn held in both hands but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I had started using red and white Patons Bluebell but, while the colours were perfect, the yarn really wasn’t working out so I abandoned that and tried this one using some Rowan Felted Tweed I had left over from my 2012 Sky Scarf. Blue and pale grey might not be traditional Christmas colours but I quite like it, although sadly having run out of yarn I won’t be able to finish this one. Bother.
I had a lovely exchange on Ravelry the other day with Martine of the iMake blog and podcast who was also planning to conquer stranded colour work in 2013 and she is keen to sign up for the Christmas ball challenge too. It will be good to have a few people knitting along so we can help each other out when we get stuck! Oh, and if you haven’t been introduced to Martine’s podcast yet, please do pop over and have a listen and Sarah has a Christmas ball knitalong update on her blog too!
You might like to check out…
- KnittingSarah’s “More the Merrier” knitalong
- Martine’s iMake Blog & Podcast
- Arne & Carlos, 55 Christmas balls to knit