While impatiently waiting for my copy of 55 Christmas Balls to Knit, I stumbled onto The NRK Norwegian Broadcasting website (funny google translation) they had hosted a show featuring the authors of the book. If you have any trouble visiting the translated site here is the raw link to the untranslated site.
They had kindly given the basic directions for making a julekuler, along with a simple snowflake chart. THANKS Arne & Carlos! Now I can get my julekuler fix & so can you!
I can’t wait to get the actual book, it’s the same ball knitting recipe that they share on the site but I love the traditional look of Norwegian fair isle charts thought. What a perfect holiday knit and a perfect little gift.
I went for an untraditional look & using sock yarn, it turned out right around 3” tall. I am thinking a good worsted wool would be perfect or some thick & bulky for a jumbo one! It was wicked fast even with the fair isle colorwork. I am in the midst of working up another one with no colorwork just letting the lush yarn be the decoration.
I wanted this to smell so I stuffed it with a small cinnamon pinecone wrapped in wool roving. I liked the weight the roving gave it (even with out the pincone) I also thought the roving would absorb the smell better and radiate the scent, more so than poly-fill. Next time I might just add a few drops of cinnamon or pepermint oil to the wool roving and skip the cone..it was a little bit of a beast to knit around that cone wad!
I tried a few different hang loop styles…just a few knotted strands..crochet..but I finally settled on an I-cord hang loop and just before I finished stitching it on I slipped on two tiny jingle bells for sweetness!
That’s it…Go get your JULEKULER on!