It’s snowing again!
The schools I teach at had a snow day on Monday, and a two-hour late start on Tuesday. I can only imagine what’s going to happen now that it’s snowing again! Maybe I’ll just get the rest of the week off (one can hope, right?). (It’s amazing how much of a Seattleite I’ve become. The first sign of flurries, and I go into full-blown hibernation mode. Growing up in the Midwest, we didn’t change our plans unless there was a good 6″ of snow in an hour, and then we just drove a little slower.)
And what’s better than finishing up some of Arne and Carlos’ Christmas Balls on a snowy morning?
My mom gave me a copy of this adorable book for Christmas (thanks Mom!), and I’ve knit up a couple balls since the holidays. They’re fun, quick, and don’t use too much yarn (though I did manage to run through my stash of red and white DK wool- I’ve got to order some more).These little guys are really fun if you want to practice your colorwork in the round. They have dozens of different designs, and they even include a blank chart in the back of the book if you want to get fancy and design your own patterns!Of course, finishing is a little fiddly (but any small colorwork project is going to be a bit fiddly). I sat down with the newest episode of Victoria and a cup of tea, and I had all three of these balls finished before the episode was over.
Now my only problem is that I want to make about three dozen more, so that next year my Christmas tree will be decorated only with these lovely guys!
Have you made Christmas ornaments before? What’s your favorite?
I finished my doll! She’s got little crocheted ears and a dopey smile (I was trying for a non-dopey smile, but this was the closest I could get). She’s super cute, and sits on my desk. She just needs a name… any recommendations?
And, we (OK, I) did a little fashion show this morning! I didn’t want to start on the doll before the class last weekend, so instead, I made a bunch of clothes while I was waiting.
love this little ensemble. The cardigan is made with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons from my grandmother’s button collection, and I think this skirt is my favorite garment. (I kind of want one for myself). It’s covered with bugs!The next outfit features an oversized color-worked turtleneck and slightly-too-short wide-leg trousers. (Unfortunately, the turtleneck on this one is almost impossible to get over my doll’s head- Oops! Next time, I’ll make the neck with larger needles.)This more fitted sweater has the same problem as the yellow turtleneck (or maybe my doll just has a really big head?), but I really like the touches of Fair Isle around the edges. I might even make myself something similar (but with a big enough neckhole).I’ve got a big bag of yarn in every color of the rainbow (except yellow, because I already used it up- oops!). I think I’ll be making my doll a whole wardrobe! And, since she’s finished now, I can actually make clothes that fit her. Exciting!
What should I make next? What should I call my doll?
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Last weekend, I did something really cool.
I got to meet Arne and Carlos!
(Of course I didn’t get any pictures, because… introvert.)
Arne and Carlos were in town for the Nordic Knitting Conference, and my mom and I spent Saturday in their Knitted Dolls class, where they walked us through their ridiculously cute doll pattern.They were fantastic teachers, and really nice people who took time to talk to everyone in the class. They even signed everyone’s books! (If you read Norwegian, let me know what this says… based on my high-school German and context clues, I think it says something about knitting, but I’m not sure.)The dolls are worked from their toes up, and I managed to almost get my legs finished in class.And, I’ve been working on the rest of my doll since then. She’s still missing most of her head (which is a little creepy), but she’s coming along well. I ended up making her super girly, but that’s OK. I love her little blue top and stripey tights. And who doesn’t love a pair of bright red shoes?
I’ve got a big pile of yarn in almost every color of the rainbow for this project. So my next step is to decide what color to use for her hair (do I want her to be blonde? Red-head? Or maybe she should have purple hair?). And, of course, I need to make some clothes for my not-so-little dolly!This pattern is so much fun! It’s not as fast as I thought it would be- my doll is probably going to be close to 18″ tall- but I am having a great time knitting her up. And the clothes! Who doesn’t like knitting miniature sweaters in every color of the rainbow?
Have you ever knit an Arne and Carlos pattern? What did you make?
Have you guys ever come across Arne & Carlos? They’re a ridiculous pair of Swedish/Norwegian knitwear designers.
They design ridiculously amazing sweaters:
Men’s Setesdal Sweater by Arne & Carlos
Adorable customizable dolls (also with ridiculous sweaters):
Knitted Dolls: Handmade Toys with a Designer Wardrobe by Arne & Carlos
And they’ve just put out an uber-charming video with instructions on making their perfectly festive Christmas Balls:
They’ve created literally dozens of designs for their Christmas balls, each inspired by traditional Scandinavian knitting patterns. The balls are all worked following the same basic instructions (as outlined in this video), but each color work pattern is unique. (Talk about a great way to practice your color work skills!)Their book, 55 Christmas Balls to Knit: Colorful Festive Ornaments, Tree Decorations, Centerpieces, Wreaths, Window Dressings, obviously has 55 different patterns. But, they’ve got 24 patterns up for free here.
Arne and Carlos say, in their video, that their Christmas tradition is to make a Christmas Ball each day leading up to Christmas. I love that idea! Maybe I’ll do it next year? It would be like a create-your-own advent calendar!
Will you be knitting up any of these adorable Christmas Balls?