O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
These are not quite the words I've always known. Treu is often translated loyal and refers to the fact that the pine is an evergreen, keeping its leaves year round. I learnt the song with the words
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Wie grünsind deine Blätter!
where grün is green.
Do you like my miniature pine forest? They come from the book of motifs I bought a few weeks ago.
The arthritis in my right hand has receded a bit and I can knit for a few minutes at a time. I have been doing so as therapy for the hands. Each tree takes about 20-25 minutes depending on my level of concentration on increases and decreases. Then I give the hands a rest.
The trees when decorated are bunting for decorations for Christmas. The pattern calls for 8 ply yarn but I have used Grignasco Bambi, a 4 ply and 2.5 mm bamboo needles. I had forgotten just how lovely this yarn is to knit and to wear. The ball I had was a leftover from an Aestlight shawl I made as a gift for a friend. I have some bright red Heirloom baby yarn in merino which will trim the trees. That came from a jumper I made my youngest grandson before he was born. He was eight a few months ago. So the trees have cost me nothing except time.
They are to be strung on a cord made by casting on several hundred stitches and kitting a couple of rows. I think I will crochet the cord and measure as I go for what I want. I really don't fancy the long knitted cord at all. The book has a pattern in it for ordinary bunting too, which looks like fun.