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Snowflake Drift in the Making!
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 19:28
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.
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!
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!
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.