When I started knitting Christmas ornaments at the beginning of December, I was filled with optimism I would finish, but also a healthy dose of realism that with the hustle and bustle of the season they would be the first to fall of the to-do list. As I kept knitting, I enjoyed the challenge of attempting to finish one a day (who, me, competitive??) and even when I fell behind, it was never so far that catching up seemed unrealistic. So today, I hung ornament number 24 on my tree:
The finished result:
Last year I made an offhand comment on Facebook about the Opal Advent Calendar. Much to my surprise and delight my aunt bought me one for Christmas. It was so much fun opening the little windows to see the pretty new yarn each day. I loved advent calendars as a child, but mine pre-dated the chocolate variety (or any other type of gift) and only had little pictures inside. Yarn definitely beats pictures and sometimes (but not always) chocolate.*
By Christmas I was left with 24 mini balls of sock yarn and some questions about what I would do with them.
My anal knitter side wouldn’t let me make mis-matched socks. I find Opal slightly scratchy so I didn’t want to make a shawl or scarf. My back up plan was squares for my sock yarn blanket, but that didn’t seem quite right either. Then I stumbled across a pattern for Christmas ornaments knit from small amounts of sock yarn. Perfect!
There are two varieties: spiral:
Chevron is my favourite of the two. I had trouble with the spiral pattern that was completely related to my inability to count and completely unrelated to the pattern, but it’s finally working out.
Because I remain totally, hopelessly delusional about the amount of free time I have leading up the Christmas holidays and totally, hopelessly delusional about the speed at which I knit, I thought it would be fun to knit an ornament a day, sort of a reverse advent calendar. So far so good, but I’m traveling for work this week and I’m pretty sure things are about to go off the rails. I’m posting a picture a day (hopefully) on Instagram, so please follow along there.
* I’ve never really thought of yarn vs. chocolate. That’s a debate I’m not ready to have.