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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Christmas Balls

Do you knit for Christmas? Do you knit Christmas decorations and ornaments? You may have noticed that I rarely knit novelty or home items but I love these little Christmas Balls. They're quick and fun to knit. And they use only small amounts of yarn which makes them perfect Stash Busters.

They're also perfect for learning some new techniques. I'll be teaching a brand new class in December - Christmas Balls - at Spin A Yarn and Sitting Knitting. The class at Sitting Knitting booked up when I was teaching there on Sunday but Rachel may have a waiting list so if you want to do that class contact the shop. I'm not sure if the Spin A Yarn class is full yet so contact the shop to find out.

The idea behind these cute Christmas decorations is to teach a variety of techniques while creating something that you can decorate your Christmas tree or house with. We'll cover topics like knitting in the round on double pointed needles or circular needles using the magic loop technique, fair isle/stranded colour work, adding beads using the crochet hook method and jog less stripes. 

I'm designing a selection of balls you can choose from if you take the class. If you're not keen on fair isle, I will do at least one design using stripes with no fair isle. One problem with knitting stripes in the round is that each time you change colour at the beginning of a round, you get a little 'jog' (like a step) where you changed the colour. So I'll also include how to overcome that.

If you come to the class you'll get the materials to knit one ball during the class and you'll get a pattern for a second ball to take home. I'll also have these balls available as a kit from mid-November in my YarnAddict Shop. More on that later. I'm still busy creating more designs. I'm aiming for about six new designs. Here's one I started this morning:

These can also be used to decorate your house for Easter and in March I'm teaching the Easter Balls class at Artesano. I'll be creating a selection of new spring and Easter inspired balls for that class.

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