I've been working on the knitted (and crocheted) ornaments for something like two weeks now. I only have a week before the bazaar, so something probably going to give. Hopefully it won't be my tenuous grip on reality.
Here are some of the bases I've been working on. These are all double knitting. I wanted to make a square like the garter squares for the Mason-Dixon blanket project only with a double knit center. Now, this would have come out square if I had done it the way the Hoover Blanket works, but in these cases I was increasing at the beginning of each row (as per the squares) and then at the appropriate location (usually 3 stitches in), I would do the increase that sets up the stitch for double knitting. Here is the little recipe I used for the best one:
Cast on 3 stitches.
Inc (kfb) in the first stitch of each row. When you have six stitches on the needles, kfb, k1, kfb, knit to end. All subsequent rows: kfb, k1, kfb, double knit (k1, s1wyf) for the appropriate # of stitches, knit to end. When it is as wide as you want it to be, k2tog, k1, k2tog, double knit (k1, s1wyf) for the appropriate # of stitches, knit to end. Eventually you will decrease away the last pair of double knit stitches (you will always decrease a knit stitch with its corresponding slipped purl stitch), and then you can decrease at the beginning of each row until you have 3 stitches then cast off.
This should make the smallest diamond on the right hand side.
It wasn't hard to do once I got into the rhythm of it, but given the differences between the double knit gauge and the garter border these do not come out square. They are interesting diamond shapes. I plan to bead these and attach ornament hooks. They are interesting and fun to do.
I didn't just make double knitted 'squares' yesterday. I also made a hat. This hat is tiny! I wanted to make a stocking cap style ornament (and now I'm working on a little matching sock and mitten). I love the little sparkly brim made with one strand of leftover Karabella lace mohair (I'm never going to run out) and one strand of sparkly crochet cotton. I think I'm going to make two different kinds of mitten ornaments. Ones that are single mittens and ones that are the pair of mittens held together with the "don't lose me" connecting string. I also have plans to make a couple of bells given some of the other shapes and patterns I've been working with.
I started the sock (there aren't any pictures of the sock right now, because I started it on the train). The beginning of both are about the same. I love making these, but part of me is still excited for the bazaar to get here so I can work on other things. I have a copy of Wisp printed out, a ton of beads I can use, and a single ball of Kidsilk Haze that I never got around to finding a project for. It will be nice to work on a little bit of lace after all of this small needle work.
Of course, neither the ornaments or Wisp is on my Ravelry listings (well, Wisp is in the queue) and I haven't finished anything that's on my list since the blanket. Maybe I should wait a bit before starting even a simple lace project. Maybe? Maybe I'll at least finish another project of shame before moving onto the lace (I am thinking Fetching, which I started at the beginning of the year or late last year and I only have the thumbs to do).