Sunday, December 20, 2009

nothing delicate here ....

i have been hookin'. yep. crocheting. i get a bit stressed out this time of year, and switch gears in every direction possible. instead of finishing gifts, i begin new projects. projects with no one in mind. just because. just because i can ....

this past friday, we had some wintery weather here. the first of the season. and, it could be the only wintery weather, as this is the south. it's kinda funny to think that when we do get winter, it comes "up" from altanta, ga.

it snowed for about 20 minutes. where i work, it's like being in a reverse snow globe. i'm surrounded by glass, watching the light, wind, rain, snow, or clouds, all day long. and the other day, i got to see giant snowflakes whirl around. it was lovely.

it made me crave snow even more. and because of the stress, instead of working on projects with a self-imposed deadline, i whipped out some lily sugar'n cream and my G-hook, and got busy making my own flakes.

#31 flake

this first one is in the leisure arts book _99 snowflakes_, and is flake #31. it's HUGE. it measures about 13" from tip to tip.

and this one ...

#30 flake
... it measures about 11" from tip to tip.

yay! i have BIG snowflakes. i love 'em. now, the thing about big snowflakes is that (to me) they mark the end of the snowfall. the snow on friday didn't last long. and i can't keep on making flakes if i am to finish christmas gifts. but, i will revisit. i will make more.

i stiffened these with epsom salt. i joined the crochet snowflakes group on ravelry. they have lots of great tips for making, blocking, and preserving the flakes.

it may take awhile for them to dry, but i could feel their stiffness as i was pinning them out. by the way, the paper blocking template is on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. yes, these are BIG flakes!


Anonymous said...

LOVE your snowflakes! Someday, if I ever become a better crocheter I want to crochet some snowflakes.

angelarae said...

Hey! I've picked up the crochet lately, too. I did a round ripple in Christmas colors and it's been fun (not quite done...DH doesn't think it's big enough yet) Anyhoo, I rebelled over Christmas, too. I just needed to do something for the joy of needlework, not just production.
Does that make sense?