Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Snowflake Challenge update

I have 9 snowflakes made up so far. They are as easy as I thought they would be, the average being 8 rows and the most exotic stitch was a double treble. The tiny hook and attention to keeping the white thread clean is difficult and doing all of this with two cats and three kids vying for my attention as well... see, that's why only 9 are done.
There were a couple of flakes that I passed up even though they were on my To-Do list because once I got them started I realized the pattern was written poorly enough that I had to scrutinize the wording or phrasing and each row felt like a trial... OR it was simply and easily understood, but incorrect and the finished flake look odd, as thought the author forgot to tell me about a row. I made up for that with a few extra snowflakes. So many people have a collection of patterns available instead of just one, makes it SO easy on me to find different patterns.

The ones I have are still a little floppy looking til I get them blocked and stiffened, but I am excited none-the-less. I am going to be using the glue method since I plan on these being gifts to hang as a decoration or an ornament or even to use as a topper to gift wrapping. They'll need to hold up and from what I've read, glue method is the best for that.

I have another seasonal project going on today: pinecones. We recently moved to a new home, our first venture as home owners and since I am sentimental, I collected a basket of cones from the tree by our from window. I am cleaning them up, spray painting them with a clear gloss and then attaching a ribbon to the end, sort of a marker of our first year in the new home. Pictures to come of that!

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