Last year I took up a new hobby; crochet. I’m not very good at it as the last time I tried was about 35 years ago! But I wanted to try something new. Our local library had a Knit and Natter group one morning a week (I’m pleased to see this has now been increased to twice a week). So I thought I would join them and see what I could learn.
The group was very welcoming to me, as well as helpful. Learning to crochet can be a bit tricky as the stitches (hooks, crochets – I’m not quite sure what to call it) are a little different in North America than they are here. Both locations have a ‘double crochet’ but they’re slightly different in practice.
This lack of knowledge resulted in some interesting outcomes from first attempts!
After my first project being a bit overwhelming (sorry, Coralie, you’ll have to wait a while yet for me to figure it out), I decided to try something less stressful….snowflakes. There are flurries of various snowflake patterns to choose from, but I finally settled on this one by Attic 24.
I like that I can make both smaller versions as well as larger versions, and I made plenty of both. They were just perfect for slipping into Christmas cards for friends, family and neighbours….I may have gone just a little overboard with them!
I decided to get a little crafty and after I dug myself out of a snowdrift of crocheted snowflakes (hmm, I really should have taken a photo of them all – too late now, unfortunately) I decided that now that Kallista is growing a little hair, she could use a little homemade accessory. I had fun making her a rainbow hairband last year, so this time I made her a snowflake pony tail holder as well as a snowflake hair clip.
They were so simple to make. Once the snowflakes were finished up, I simply stitched one onto a fabric pony tail holder.
And another onto a clip.
It’s a good thing that these snowflakes are so easy to make, because Kallista’s managed to lose them both already! I’m not sure what happened to one, but the other blew away last week when we were out walking and the wind was fierce.
So I hooked up another snowflake from a little sparkly white yarn I had left over, and voila, she’s now ready to get into character.
I have a couple of new projects on the go this year. Okay, to be honest, I started them last year, but still have yet to finish them. And as I’m dedicating this year to finishing projects already started, I WILL complete at least one of the projects so that I will have my Christmas gifts done for this year.
Do you crochet, or do another craft? Let’s chat about crafts in the comments, or over on our Facebook page.