Friday, November 14, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Wintertime almost always brings a smile to my face. Now, I know, many people just don't like the cold... the snow.
But me, I could have a constant steady snowfall from November until January. Perhaps that is what I liked about living in Alaska.

But it's not just the weather, it's also the 'Season'.

November brings Thanksgiving.. a time to pig out (and not feel guilty) and have an excuse to enjoy a slower pace - you know, sit down to a family meal and enjoy the moments and shared time.

December of course, Christmas. Nothing on this Earth compares with seeing my children's face light up with the realization that Santa has echoed their Momma's year long praise and dropped off a boat-load of toys. Just the smells of Christmas makes my heart lighter and gives me more peace than any other time of the year.

Finally, January... and the promise of a new year and a fresh start.

Well, to start off the Season properly.. in the spirit of 'giving'...
I am proud to introduce and share with you

Xue the Snowflake

Materials:
Sz 10 White Crochet Thread
28mm or 1 1/8" plastic ring
Tiny amounts of Polyfil
Starch or Stiffening Agent (*I used diluted glue)
Sz 9 Thread Hook
Small magnet (if using for fridgie)
Embellishments

Body: Working in rounds, begin by Ch2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.

Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: (sc, 2sc in next st) around (18)
Rnd 4: (sc in each of next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around (24)
Rnd 5: (sc in each of next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) around (30)
Rnd 6: (sc in each of next 4 sts, 2sc in next st) around (36)
Rnd 7: sc in each sc around
Rnd 8a: working in front lps only of Rnd 7, hdc in next st, in next st (dc, ch12, slst in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, slst in 5th ch from hook, ch 4, slst in 4th ch from hook and into the slst space of the first picot created, slst in next 3 chains of beg ch 12, ch 5, slst into the top of dc, dc in same st as first dc, hdc in next st, sc in next st, in next st sc, ch 6 sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 5 slst in 5th ch from hook, ch 4 slst in 4th ch from hook in the unworked 2 sts of chain and in top of sc, sc in next st, hdc in next st) around
**creating 6 large fingers (red) and 6 small fingers (green)
Rnd 8b: working in the unworked back lps of Rnd 7, (sc in each of next 4 sts, sc next 2 sts together) around (30)
Rnd 9: (closing up the back working in both loops of Rnd 8b) (sc in each of next 3 sts, sc next 2 sts together) around (24)
**insert ring
Rnd 10: (sc in each of next 2 sts, sc next 2 sts together) around (18)
Rnd 11: (sc in next st, sc next 2 sts together) around (12)

** using the smallest amounts of polyfil, stuff lightly - just enough to create a slight puff to front of snowflake.

Rnd 12: (sc next 2 sts together) until hole is as closed as you can get it. Finish off and hide unused tail of thread.

As with most thread objects, using either heavy starch or a stiffening agent (like glue) apply to the snowflake fingers only and pin in place.
Allow to dry.
Embellish with beads, color thread, etc.



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16 comments:

Terri said...

She is so cute. Thanks so much for sharing your design. Now it's time for you to open your etsy shop!!!!

Marsha said...

how cute this is thank you so much

Margaret said...

What a beautiful snowflake you have created. Many thanks.

Rose said...

very nice!!!!

Sherry said...

Your snowflake is precious! Thank you so much!

knitwit said...

super cute! thanks so much for sharing.

Vicke said...

first at all thanks for this cute snowflakes.I am not too old jet
if it is snow I do snowangel and have snowballwar smile
and think when you wake up at the morning and look out the window.And it is white on the tree.Butifull for the eays.Or go in the forest mmmmmmmmm love it

bibi5 said...

très jolie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! merci beaucoup

Brenda said...

Absolutely adorable!!!! Thanks so much for sharing her!!!!

Raven said...

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbah hummmmbbbbbbbbbbbbbug I'm COLD!!!!!! LOL! So not a winter person, but I wanna make enough of these to decorate my tree!!!!! And I'm so not a christmas person either (yea, I know, big shock!)!!! Good work!!

Kristina said...

awwwwww, her little face is so precious! Amazing work! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful pattern!

Stephanie said...

Oh, very pretty ! Thanks for sharing the pattern :-)

Anne said...

This is just ADORABLE! You are very talented :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Jocelyne said...

j'aime beaucoup, c'est très fin

Catherine/Yarncat said...

Sweet snowflake!Thanks!!

Maria said...

I love it! Thanks so much for the free pattern!!

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