Snowflake Drift in the Making!

First crocheted snowflakes

Just a little update on my playful adventures while participating in the SnowflakeCAL! If you haven't joined in yet - what are you waiting for! January is fleeting!

SnowflakeCAL announcement and guidelines are here on Martine's blog IMAKE. Follow progress and see the CAL member's beautiful snowflakes on the Ravelry IMAKE group thread here and IMAKE on Facebook here, and on Instagram #snowflakecal.

Martine welcomes everyone - she has created a place to have fun making snowflakes whether you are a beginner or are so advanced you can make snowflakes in your sleep!

Traditionally, snowflakes are crocheted using a tiny steel hook and cotton crochet thread, and several members of the CAL are making their snowflakes using these tools. And there are just as many members who seem to prefer working with a larger hook and wool, synthetic or cotton yarns! I happen to fall in the later group.

The snowflakes above were crocheted as part of my little "get used to flat crochet and see what works". I tried crewel embroidery floss, sock yarn, sport, DK and worsted; sparkly, variegated and plain yarns; 2.25 and 2.75 hooks.

Still haven't settled on a "formula" but I am liking variety - especially when they are viewed all together.

Proper blocking makes a big difference!!!

One thing I did learn this first month is the value of a good blocking guide! Attempting to block without a blocking guide resulted in disappointment in my efforts to wrestle my little crocheted construction into something resembling a snowflake. In my opinion my first attempts look more like stars. Blocking with the guide - a proper Droxtal snowflake!

Both snowflakes above have been blocked. The snowflake on the left - my first attempt - was carried out with more of a guess and hope it works method - no guide.

The snowflake on the right was blocked using a blocking guide which can be found right here  on  Snowflakes and Thread Crochet. And along with the printable diagram - a very helpful discussion about making and blocking snowflakes.

Using a proper blocking diagram made a huge difference don't you think? I am so grateful to Daisy over at COLORIZE who sent me the link to the diagram. She has been away from her blog lately - day job duties have been taking more than the usual amount of her time. But you can find her on Instagram @daisywreath where you will likely notice almost immediately she is a dabbler!

Two Snowflakes

I had very specific reasons for making two of my snowflakes - er stars.

As some of you know, I figured out a way to extend one of my advent calendars so that I could continue the countdown through the 12 days of Christmas - December 26th to January 6th. And since every ornament Diane and I originally made for the calendar either represented something about the holidays we loved or a craft that had played a significant role in our crafty life, I decided to follow that tradition to make new ornaments to replace a couple "place holder" 12 Days ornaments.

The little gold "star" snowflake was crocheted using crewel wool embroidery thread and the deep blue star was crocheted using leftover Suibui Sock Yarn. Because? All three - crochet, embroidery and sock knitting will figure prominently in projects planned for this coming year!

Winter Morning sunrise

And now, I am taking a little mid-winter blog break! I will be back the last week of January to officially celebrate Mid-winter and Brigid's Day with some new Brigid's Crosses. Hope you will join me then.

These are as pretty here as

These are as pretty here as they were on instagram!

Hello Pam Do you know needled

Hello Pam
Do you know needled blog (katedaviesdesigns.com ? The current post is about Scandinavian textiles and there is one embroidery pictured, "the street" made me think of you!

Have a lovely break, I will look forward to your next inspirational post.
Dawn

OH MY GOODNESS Dawn!  What a

OH MY GOODNESS Dawn!  What a fabulous site!  Thank you 1000 times for sharing.  And wow!  You are right about "the street".   LOVE it.  

I have finished my first one

I have finished my first one at last. Now that I am pretty much snowed in, I have plenty of time to do a few more!
I also followed a very good tutorial on YouTube to make a "Beautiful crochet cross bookmark" in shelll stitch. I can really recommend it- the only problem is switching from UK to US terminology.
Enjoy your blog break.

Yaaaay!  Gill!  So happy to

Yaaaay!  Gill!  So happy to hear you are making snowflakes!

Actually, there seem to be several resources available for translating crochet instructions from UK to US.  Your cross sounds beautiful.  And I am sure it is as you are so skilled at crochet - even those teeny tiny little threads. ;-)

I think they are turning out

I think they are turning out beautifully Pam! Enjoy your blog break.

Thanks so much, Tony!  I am

Thanks so much, Tony!  I am happy to hear you are joining in on the snowflakecal ... and the sockswithsarahkal.  

Your snowflakes are lovely:)

Your snowflakes are lovely:) I can't wait to see the Brigid's crosses!

Oh thank you Bobbi - i am

Oh thank you Bobbi - i am surprised at how much fun they can be.

 

Hi Pam Thanks so much for the

Hi Pam

Thanks so much for the shout out! It's lovely having your constant enthusiasm for the snowflake cal - you are fabulous!

Thank you again

Martine x

Oh Martine, it is my

Oh Martine, it is my pleasure!!  I never thought i would see the day i would be actvely playing with "flat" crochet - just never been a fan.  But I am having a ball playing with the snowflakes!  And I have you to thank for that by encouraging me to look at it with new eyes!!!

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