Thursday, December 15, 2011

my creative space: crocheted christmas balls

For this years Kiwi Christmas Ornament Swap after much deliberating I decided to make some crocheted christmas balls. Luckily I started ages ago as life has been pretty crazy lately (Jack's tonsilitis lasted 2 weeks and he was one very grumpy baby) so I only just finished the last one on the day we were meant to be sending them! Am pleased I stuck with them though as I do like the look of them and I really enjoy making these balls- crochet is very relaxing and a great de-stresser as any of you into crochet will understand! I followed the pattern at Kate from Greedy for Colour's crochet ball tutorial but added a few more rounds to make the ball bigger and then made a chain for the loop and added the bow and bell.  
(When I first started crochet I didn't know why my balls had the striped look on them like the red and green ones below but crochet queen Kristy from Paisley Jade and a couple of other helpful bloggers figured out I was only going through one stitch instead of both when doing each 'Single Crochet' stitch.  So for these balls I did some with stripes and some without.)
And I've just had a look at Kate's blog to link to the tutorial and great minds think alike hehe - she has made the most gorgeous crochet baubles using gold thread to make little toppers so they just like a bauble! And they look so divine all together in the box. Kate has written a tutorial for them too being the lovely crafter she is :) Making a crochet ball is a great thing to start with if you want to get into crochet and it gives you lots of skills to make other things like an easter egg, an apple and other stuffed shapes- crochet is a great portable project for the holidays too!
I've received some lovely ornaments from the swap so far thank you ladies- it's been so much fun opening up the little parcels. And thanks again Dione for organising another great swap- you can check out more of the swap ornaments at Dione's blog 'Sew Funky' here.
Megan x

9 comments:

Fay said...

They're lovely!

Lisa-Marie said...

Those bauble are GORGEOUS. I love the touch of the striped ribbon. I love the sweet reindeer embroidery too!

tartankiwi said...

Oh no, poor Jack! Your baubles are gorgeous as all your creations are. Hope you are all healthy and smiling in time for Christmas :-)

MissMollyCoddle said...

Too cute! Love the colour choices, very tasteful. I agree about crochet too, sooo relaxing. Am going to give knitting a go now though, now I've finally finished THE blanket. Have a lovely Christmas and New Years. Doing a shoe giveaway if you want to enter for Jack :)

duckeggblue said...

Hi Megan, these are very cute! I just purchased some wool and polystyrene balls to make myself some yarn wrapped baubles... might get them done for next years Christmas! Just letting you know I've passed on the Versatile Blogger award to you - see my latest post.

Miriam said...

Megan those are just lovely. You are so clever and talented.

Tammi said...

Oh I love these, they look so effective :)
x

Naturally Carol said...

These crochet baubles will become family heirlooms! They are lovely.

Sweet Living magazine said...

Love these crafty baubles!

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