Pretty much the only way I will have a white Christmas in Australia is to cover my house in crochet snowflakes. And for the last couple of years I have made a few. And I might have gone a bit over the top browsing online a while ago (Book Depository is just so cheap, with no postage as well!) and picked up these:
Yep, probably about 300 or so snowflake patterns in that lot, heh!
I made one pretty special one this year, for our annual handmade Christmas decoration swap with the Morris and Sons SnB group. I had seen these on Ravelry and remember being amazed – and intrigued – as I had no idea how they were made! See:
Pattern: snowflake #93 by Anne Halliday, from Leisure Arts 99 Snowflakes. And do you know the “secret”? You make 3 snowflakes the same, and you block one flat, and the other two folded at 90degrees! And then you GLUE then together!
The book has this unintelligible instruction about how to do this – cutting strips of cardboard and making triangles and blocking using those. I absolutely could not understand it (yes, book, a PICTURE would have been useful!) so I looked in some of the similar projects on Rav, and a clever clogs person used a box to block the folds – by pinning the snowflakes over the top and side of the box (covering the box in plastic wrap first, so the glue to stiffen the snowflakes doesn’t make them stick to the box!). So much easier!
I will definitely be making more of these. Hopefully I will keep it next time (it was so awfully hard to give away, heh!) who knows, I might even be organised and make myself a snowflake every week next year, so I will have quite the collection this time next year!
And now it’s holidays. Husby is off work for two weeks, and I’m hoping for lots and lots of crafting time! Wishing you all a wonderful festive season full of good things.