Tag Archives: Julekuler

Christmas Birds

20 Dec
Flash on a Julekuler

Flash the parrotlet warmed right up to the new blue bird. Photo by Kristine Paulsen.

Yesterday I delivered another Julekuler (Christmas Ball) to its new home. My good friend Kristine is, in a way, responsible for this blog. Five years ago she succeeded where many others had failed. She taught me to knit. I’ll never forget the way we sat on the floor of her house and she instructed me to grab my bamboo needles like I was going to stab someone under the ribs. Apparently, this is how I learn best.

A couple of months ago – when I first received my 55 Christmas Balls to Knit book – one pattern in particular jumped off the page and yelled, “Knit me for Kristine!”

Kristine is a bird-lover. She’s had many birds over the years, and the whole time I’ve known her she’s had two birds: Flash the parrotlet (pictured) and Mozart the pretty yellow canary. These little guys are bursting with personality, and in all the times I’ve played with them or cared for them while Kristine was out of town, I’ve developed a new respect for our feathered friends.

So, what better way to thank my friend for giving me the gift of knitting – and also wishing Flash and Mozart a Happy Christmas – than to knit them a “Bird on a Branch” Julekuler?

Though Flash is sometimes wary of new objects, Kristine reports he warmed up to the new blue bird in the house right away, as evidenced by the picture above.

Happy Christmas to Kristine, Flash, Mozart and pets everywhere!

An early resolution

18 Dec

When I started this blog last spring, I really wanted to stick with it. I love knitting. I love writing. I love having a web presence that helps me share my newest knits and keep my projects organized.

However, I failed. Despite my mild efforts, I slipped away from blogging, and the longer it had been since my last post, the less likely I was to sit down and get going again. It would mean acknowledging my failure. Which I am now doing.

So, on that note, I am kicking off a 2012 resolution early and restarting my blog.

To catch you up on some of the things I’ve been doing for the past few months, here are a couple photos:

Eugenia Mittens

These Eugenia Mittens have kept my fingers very toasty as the Montana frost gains ground.


The mittens above were a weekend project that has paid off very well. Montana gets cold in winter. Can you believe that? And even though it’s been a wonderfully mild winter, the mornings and nights are quite nippy, and these mittens have been my saving grace while scraping my windshield. The pattern is Eugenia’s Mittens (Ravelry link) and the yarn is Berroco Comfort Worsted in Coffeeberry.

I don’t have a ton of pictures of my knitting projects from the past few months, but I have been working on some very important Christmas knitting. Among which are some “Julekuler” – also known as Christmas Balls – from the Arne & Carlos book “55 Christmas Balls to Knit”. Arne & Carlos are Norwegian knitting dynamos, and this book features ornaments with traditional and contemporary Fair Isle-technique patterns.

Christmas Balls

Three of my Julekuler all in a row.


Some of these balls have stayed at my house (like the Griz ball, designed by me with the logo of my alma mater) and some have gone to other homes as Christmas gifts. I will continue to make these balls as the year goes so that many more can be sent to friends and family next year. Each ball takes an afternoon or evening to make, so they’re a great quick knit.

I have more pictures and updates coming in the next few days, including: Single socks waiting for mates, Christmas gift teasers, stash yarns and my devious plans for them.

To everyone who read my blog before, and everyone who is reading this now, thank you! I hope to be better this year!