It was a bit breezy on my mountain this Christmas Eve day, fortunately it has finally calmed. We got quite a bit of snow today as well.
Fortunately most everyone is here staying with us. So we won’t have to get out in the wind and snow to go anywhere for Christmas visiting.
I made up a flurry of crocheted thread snow flakes to celebrate the season. The larger 2 snowflake designs come from the pamphlet of snowflakes that I designed for Universal Yarns Nazli Gelin thread. The smaller 3 are just some “doodles” that I came up with whilst playing with the thread.
Sometimes my favorite thing to do is “doodle” with my crochet hook. It is a great way to un-lock the creative juices and can often inspire new design directions. Playing with snowflake ideas is a great way to explore the possibilities of geometric motifs. It is also a really fun experiment to see what will happen when I pin out the snowflakes and use the fabric stiffener on them. Sometimes a design that looks a bit “blah” will be converted into a beautiful lacy surprise.
For those of my readers that celebrate Christmas I am wishing you and yours the very Merriest of Christmastimes. Everyone else, I hope you are having a wonderful day enjoying the slightly slower pace that Christmas seems to bring.
Had a wonderful trip home to Kansas to visit my family. Lots of good food and cuddles with the little ones. Especially fun was holding my great niece, Ms. L. She was only 3 1/2 months old at the time of our visit and very snuggly.
I made her a blanket and a little hat from Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. Keep an eye out on MainlyCrochet.com this coming Spring as I will have a pattern on there in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn that is based on the same pattern I created for the blanket. Haven’t decided about the hat design yet.
Now Christmas is less than a week away. Yikes! I really am not ready this year. Between all the distractions of dealing with the fall-out from the flood in September it seems that I am further behind than usual. I am not alone though.
Most of my stitchy friends are all scrambling to finish gifts for the holiday. Many of them say they don’t start their gift stitching until Thanksgiving weekend. If you are making small things that can work out. But a few of them are making sweaters. Hopefully they will be finished in time.
I have been so busy with crocheting samples for upcoming designs in 2014 that I have barely had any chance to make gifts. The baby blanket was finished in time for our Thanksgiving trip only because I ordered the yarn in July.
One of my favorite things to crochet for Christmas gifts are snowflakes. Best bit is they are relatively flat, so easy to mail. Unfortunately I don’t think that will be happening this year. I might get a few little snowflakes done to wrap with gift cards.
I have had a few small designs published in the last couple of years. So if you are looking for something quick to finish for the big day these might fit the bill. I know I may be looking into some of these myself for my holiday celebrations.
My little Christmas Wreath is super quick to crochet. It can be an embellishment on a gift or card, even works as a brooch when sewn to a pin back. You can purchase the pattern for this on Ravelry. The pattern has photo tutorials as well as stitch diagrams to make it easy to crochet and complete.