I have spent the last 18 months knitting these Christmas balls whenever I’m away from home. I’m a person who doesn’t like idle time, so these balls came about during all that extra time—waiting in a dental office, during my boys’ sports practices, on airplanes, getting new tires installed on our car….you get the idea. It’s the best thing about knitting: unlike a sewing machine, loom, or garden, you can take it with you!
I’ve made about 40 balls so far, and I gave away around 10 last year to my kids’ teachers and a few lucky friends. They are so fun to make, it’s sort of hard to stop. These are all from the spectacular book by knitters/designers/just-all-around-geniuses Arne & Carlos. The patterns are all fair isle, and they use the same basic template.
The only difference for me from the book, is that I prefer to use two circular needles for circular or tubular work, instead of regular double-pointed needles. I find that the work is less like to slide off of my needles this way, as these projects are transported with me all of the time. The flexibility of the inner part of the needles, means you only need two sets. These balls are the perfect way to use up small amounts of yarn—all of those random remnants you have! It takes very little yarn for each ball.
And now for my gallery of balls, highlighting a few of my favorites. I displayed them this year first on my fireplace mantle. Then I moved them to two noble fir trees that I have in a large, heavy glass vase and pitcher of water. Enjoy!
Merry Christmas, 2015.