Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas day 13

Today's the big day! We're off to America! We've got our 4 suitcases (agh!) in hand and we're looking forward to sun sun sun in CA. Bring it ON! My Scandinavian Christmas continues on day 13 with Heidi Mickalsen of Wool Rocks, a blog about knitting. She's originally from Norway but lives here in Copenhagen. Welcome, Heidi!

I'm so happy to be a part of the Brittany's Scandinavian Christmas. For me a proper Scandinavian Christmas is very much homemade food and handmade decorations. I love opening my box of Christmas decorations and rediscovering my grandmas crochet table cloths, handmade ornaments and all the lovely hand knitted Christmas balls every year. This year will be a very special one as it's the first time we're celebrating the holiday in Norway with my little son and the first time we will be celebrating without my grandmother. 
Knitted Christmas balls are a big hit in Norway. The balls I have, are all made by my mum and from a book by Norwegian knitters Arne and Carlos (translated into 8 languages including an US version). The base pattern is simple and they have worked in elements from Norwegian faire isle knit as decorations. The book has 55 variations but you can just make your own. It does require a good demand of double pointed knitting needles as it start with 8 stitches divided on 4 needles.



I've found some free patterns to similar ornaments like the Arne and Carlos ones. You can find one here by Drops and this version via Ravelry.

And hopefully I'll be adding a new one to my collection this year, perhaps even knitted by myself. 

Thank you Heidi for participating in My Scandinavian Christmas! Check out her amazing knitting blog,  Wool Rocks.

5 comments:

Caroline@trend-daily said...

These are gorgeous!! Have a wonderful time back in the US! :-) caroline

Jacqueline said...

Have a safe trip. BTW it's raining here in CA.

Femke Dekker - ter Meulen said...

What a beautiful blog! I only just dicovered! I have added you to my blogroll! Love Femke http://www.femkeido.blogspot.nl/

willowday said...

I love these! Thank you for sharing. Happy New Beginning to you!

Helen said...

Love these baubles, they make me feel so warm inside even though I'm in Sydney and it's very hot! Merry Xmas!