Morning All :o)
Yes, its the Whitey-white Reveal today, and of course you were all absolutely right when you guessed I've been crocheting Snowflakes. White snowflakes no less. Made with All White yarn and not a bit of colour in sight (although was mighty tempted to try these out in coloured yarn I must admit).
So....do you like my little venture into the World of Whiteness??
I really am thrilled with these snowflakes, I think they are just so festive, simple and pretty. And such fun to make, oh-oh-oh yes a lot of fun. And addictive too, so hard to make only a few. Much easier to make a whole snow storm.
Did I tell you how ThRiLlEd I am with making these? And how much fun they are? And how addictive they are? Did I, did I??!!!
So anyhow, I need to tell you a little bit more about how I came to get started with making snowflakes....
Some weeks ago I received a comment on one of my posts from a very nice lady called Victoria. She thought (quite rightly too) that I might rather enjoy a spot of snowflake making, and gave me a link to a free pattern on the "Coats and Clark" website. This website has loads of free projects and patterns for all types of needlecraft, and seems to me to be a really super resource.
It took me a while to get round to trying this pattern out, and I confess I did not find it easy. I don't know about you, but I find there's something about the way crochet patterns are written which always makes them seem over complicated to me. I kind of get a brain-freeze, do you know what I mean?
I sat and tried to work
this snowflake out, and I found that for the most part the pattern was excellent, but the way each round started out was very confusing. So I made a few slight alterations, scribbbling notes as I went, until I was happy with how it was working for me. I didn't change it enormously, just enough to simplify it and defrost my brain-freeze.
So please know honestly that this is not entirely my pattern. The original can be found on the Coats and Crafts website HERE, and I give full credit to the lovely Mary Jane Protus for sharing her pattern with us all.
After making many, many of these snowflakes, I decided that I very much wanted to share my version with you. Cos I do know many of you suffer
from Crochet Pattern Brain Freeze just like me, and that a simple
pattern can often seem imPOSSible to crack.
So I wrote my pattern out in plain non-abbreviated English and photographed the step-by-step making stages so that you will all be able to give it a go.
As with all my patterns and tutorials, you can find this one in my sidebar down at the bottom, listed as a page, or click HERE.
I'm hoping you're going to like it and that you'll be inspired to seek out some white yarn and hook up a snowstorm.....I'm planning on stringing my flakes vertically (with some silver beads I think) and hanging them in my bay window. Pretty-pretty.
Oh, and just before I go, a little note about the above photo.....as I mentioned in yesterday's post, the joy of spray-starch for projects such as this is not to be underestimated. You can see the difference it makes...a little stretching, pinning and starching and these snowflakes are transformed. Victoria also suggested to me that the flakes could be stiffened by pinning them out and painting them with diluted PVA glue, then sprinkling them with glitter.......gosh, now that would probably tip me over the edge into Complete Giddiness, but I may have to give it a go anyway.
How to resist the combined charms of crochet and glitter????
edited to add :: don't forget you can share your photos over at the Attic24 Inspired Flickr group. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to bob in there and see new photos being added every day...lots of gorgeous Birdies, stars, wrist warmers, summer garden squares, bags, ripples....and I hope soon some snowflakes!
One more thing :: the spray starch I'm using is called "Astonish", it came from a cheap discount shop and only cost £1 for a large bottle. It's a blue spray bottle (ie a bottle with a trigger, not an aerosol), and you can find it to buy on line here. It works brilliantly, making the crochet fairly stiff and crispy without being rock hard or sticky.