Sunday, 18 March 2012

Julekuler - 55 Nordic knitted balls - "New Snow" 4/55 and "Snowman" 5/55

Hi all! 
This post is a thematic continuation of the previous one :) Please, do take a look at my previous blog note if you're not sure what this one is all about :)
Another crafty week has passed that has been dominated mostly by my after-hours late night knitting and cross stitching. (Do I ever have non-crafty weeks? The answer is No!I'm a genuine Craft Addict!) This week I concentrated mostly on knitting my next Nordic woolly balls and I'm really having fun with these. I got hooked!!! I love the yarn, I love my bamboo needles, I love the balls pattern, I love to see how they grow dangling down my knitting needles ...

So here is another knitted ball called "New Snow" 4/55 I really enjoyed knitting this one - lots of red colour and a lovely snowflake pattern. Stuffed with something that looks to me like polyester fibre. Not sure 100% though. Springy and soft wadding. Keeps the shape quite well, I think.

(New Snow 4/55)
And "Snowman" 5/55 
Experimented with wool cotton wadding this time. No good. It seems to clump up inside the ball and makes the ball hard to the touch.

(Snowman 5/55)

With 5 knitted balls on the counter, now there are "only" 50 balls to go! Hopefully by Christmas 2012 I will have had them all!

This is what they look like together:



 and on the grass :)


I'm still working on the stuffing techniques trying to achieve as spheric shape as possible and this can be more tricky than it seems. Some of my balls still look more oval rather than round. Tut-tut-tut! Perhaps knitting them more loosely could help. Any suggestions anyone? :)

Hand-made Monday time. I'm joining up a bunch of clever crafters tonight. Do drop in and check out on some lovely blogs. 

15 comments:

  1. I love these-what a fabulous idea!

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  2. You are so ahead of the game for next Christmas, they all look stunning

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  3. The Nordic balls are great - love the one with the snowman on. Hope you have a good week.

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  4. I don't think you should worry about getting them sperical, they look lovely as they are.

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  5. Just a thought, but have you considered using polystyrene balls, knitting up to when you start decreasing, inserting the form and then knitting around it?

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  6. I was just going to suggest polystyrene balls but Ros has beaten me to it. Although I agree that they look lovely just as they are too. xxx

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  7. These are gorgeous and make me wish I could knit very much - I smiled when I saw your pictures, I'm glad I'm not the only one who hangs her crafty makes on trees xx

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  8. Gosh Martha, these are lovely. I think they look great as they are. Mich x

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  9. I'd seen the book these were inspired by and thought they were a great idea! You have a beautiful collection and they look great photographed outside hanging from branches!

    Samantha x

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  10. These will be great for Christmas! You getting ready mega early this year Lol!

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  11. You put me to shame how early you get ready for Christmas. I know I should be preparing now but I feel like I have only just finished making Christmas items!!!

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  12. Well done, quite an achievement. They look just lovely!

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  13. Amazing - I can't believe you learnt to knit starting with five needles - most people start with two! You should feel very proud of your achievements.
    Jo x

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