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55 Christmas Balls To Knit
Arne and Carlos

Search Press
29 August 2011 / ISBN: 9781844487813
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Reviewed by
Rachel A Hyde

Do something different with your Christmas decorations this year – knit them! As it says on the cover of this delightful and original book there are fifty-five balls in here for decorating your tree, table centerpieces, adorning wreaths and hanging in the window to make your home look welcoming.

That is probably enough, but there is more. You can find all these patterns in here, suitable for intermediate knitters used to graphs (this is not a book on how to knit) but you can also enjoy reading about Norway. The two authors live in a handsome house (there is a photo of it, covered in snow) and wax lyrical about the beauty of their home country, the magic of snow and the thrill of winter celebrations. There are lots of lovely photos in here, not only of the balls themselves but also of some of the festive ornaments the pair have picked up in their travels around the world. Here and there, too, there are poems and descriptions of Norwegian winter customs, many of them recollections of how it used to be back when the authors were young.

The balls are all inspired by Norwegian customs and patterns, and feature things such as hearts, a lucky rocking horse, holy lily, a sledge, pinecones etc. Many are red and white or black and white, and there are instructions on making a hanging loop, stuffing, adding embellishments and the basic pattern itself. The only alloy in all this might be the fact that none of the yarns mentioned are UK ones (although some are US), so it is best to choose whatever is equivalent. Although this is not a beginner’s book there are some helpful line diagrams of some basic knitting and crochet (for the loop) methods to jog your memory.

This truly is a rather special book and will brighten up any coffee table while you work on your holiday decorations.

Reviewed 2011
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