Nothing new today, or rather nothing finished and ready on the knitting front line ;) Just these 3 red and white woolly skins for my next Christmas balls :) They are made of Heilo wool only - 100% natural Norwegian wool, hence this cosy hairy surface :)
Well, I'm getting happier with my knitted balls. I've made some progress since my first knitted julekuler :) my knitting has become more relaxed, the knitting stitch has become smoother, I'm getting my strands inside a ball right and finally the balls after steaming and stuffing look definitely more spherical than my first ones! Getting there! Now my target is to make all 55 different designs before Christmas!!!
Another skin is being knitted at the moment :)
This time I'm using my new set of knitting needles, much shorter (circa 13 cm) than the previous bamboo needles (21 cm) and such fun to use. It's the Symphonie series from KnitPro brand. They are fab! Light, warm to the touch, strong and durable, hold the yarn well and have that lovely polished wood coloured surface. Perfect to knit a woolly ball! (two blog posts back I also mentioned the Symphonie Knit Pro crochet hooks :) do pop in!)
Lots of you say in your comments that they find it impossible or too difficult to knit on 4 or 5 needles at the same time. Well, I can assure you it is possible, even if you are a beginner and such was my case :) As a child I could knit some basic stitches (knit and purl) and maybe one "fancy" stitch thanks to my Nan's teachings and all I could knit then was an uneven wonky scarf for my teddy. Then I lost my interest in knitting for many years, grew up in the meantime and even started to dislike knitting! I used to think that knitting is boring and only for pensioners and grannies! Wrong!
Now, having that lovely book of Arne and Carlos and facing a knitting knowlege gap I revised my basic knitting skills and with the help of the book basically "jumped" to knit on 5 needles straightaway! I wanted to be able to knit those Christmas balls so much that I re-learnt knitting only for them! I quite quickly worked out the pattern and how to place stitches on all joined up and crossed needles and off it goes, round and round, in circles! I do enjoy my knitting now after that rediscovery and I'd love to learn more! Hungry for wool too!