Friday, December 14, 2012

As I Call It: Knittin' and a Drinkin'

Since about the end of November, (around Thanksgiving time for my American friends), the “Weihnachtsmarkt” (Christmas market) has begun in Basel and it will remain open until Christmas Eve.  I have finally tried “chestnuts roasted on an open fire” and, boy, are they fantastic!  And … I have been meeting friends regularly for “gluhwein” (mulled wine) at the “Drehbar;” my friends here refer to it as the “carousal bar” as it does turn at slow pace round and round.  Hence, the reason for no blogging. I found some photos of the Drehbar on the Internet but for some reason I can’t post them; so click here and here to see the photos of this fun Christmas bar.

It is also that time of year where I stop knitting for myself and focus on Christmas knitting and sewing. My favorite Christmas ornament is this little guy - my snowman.  However, most of my friends and family have this little guy hanging on their tree already. 

So every year I search for a new ornament to make.  I found 3 this year that I really enjoyed knitting: a sock, a hat and a sweater.

I enjoyed knitting up these “Mini Stocking Ornaments” by Mara Jessup.  But I used Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks as the reference for the heel flap, heel turn, and gusset. 

The hat was fun to knit and super quick.  I made the “Santa Hat Ornament" by Aime Yago but I wanted it pointier.  So on my next hat, I casted on 30 stitches, knit 1, purl 1 for one round and round two I, purl 1, and knit 1 and alternated this pattern for my desired brim length.  Then I switch to knitting every round and I placed a marker after every 9th stitch on the first round. On the second round, I knitted to the first marker and then did a k2tog (knit 2 stitches together); I did this as I came to the next 2 markers.  I did these 2 rounds all the way to the end and then just cut the yarn about 6 inches long, thread the yarn on to a darning needle and ran it though the last 3 stitches. 

And then I found the “Mini Sweater Ornament” by Emily 5446, which was equally fun to knit, as the socks and hat were to knit. 

I call this one "The Grinch's Sweater"

This is Santa's Sweater and I used craft wire to make
the hanger 
But what I enjoyed about knitting these 3 patterns were the choice in yarns.  I did go out and buy white yarn that was lace weight; one had small sequins in the yarn and the other was a kidsilk haze (fuzzy) yarn.  Then I knitted one of these yarns along with with the white, fingering weight yarn to give the edging some stability.

And lastly, I knitted this star by Cecile Renaud last year as a gift exchange ornament and then again this year for a family member who kept saying she just loved it.  But sadly, not one of these stars hangs on my Christmas tree. How crazy is that???

The Martini Knitter


QuotingCarol said...

Totally adorable!

Sandy said...

Sweater is adorable. How nice you make something for your friends tree. I loved mulled wine and in fact have some I purchased as a German Feast here...gees it was a while ago and it got tucked away. I wonder if it's still good?

nauget bluff said...

Very cute...I'd love to see a pic of your tree...although I seem to give more away, rather than keep for my tree.

The Martini Knitter said...

That is so true!!! I am always doing that!

The Martini Knitter said...

Sandy! Just open it and give it the smell test. How bad could it be???? It's alcohol!