Monday, December 10, 2012

Giveaway winner announced!

Congratulations Stiletto, you won the giveaway!  I have e-mailed you for your address!
Making those snowflakes in the evening has been relaxing - but I reckon I have enough now.... mmm I might look for an angel pattern next.
In order to stiffen them I made a paste of 1/4 cup cornstarch (cornflour) cooked in 1 1/2 cups water, as the recipe suggested, but then added almost a cup of extra water.  Dip them in, squeeze out excess and then flatten out - no need to use pins.  After a couple of hours turn them over and move to a new spot, removing excess starch.  Dry overnight.
 We decided this year to purchase a little artificial tree since I seemed to be collecting a few ornaments.  I have some beautiful handmade wire and bead ornaments my mother has sent from South Africa and she has promised to send more this year.
 The little crocheted snowflakes look good.
Some of you asked for the pattern:  I posted a link to some patterns, but  ended up changing my favourite pattern quite a bit - it is the nine pointed one in the first photo.  I really like crocheting in a hanging loop - makes life so much easier...
so I am sharing that with you here.
Ch 4, join with sl st in beg chain to form a ring.
Rd 1: Ch 1, work 8sc in ring; join with sl st in top of first ch.
Rd 2: Ch 3 (beg ch counts as first dc) dc in same sc, ch 1 (2dc in next sc, ch 1) around; join with sl st in top of beg 3 ch.
Rd 3: sl st over to next ch1 sp, ch1 (sc in ch 1 sp, ch 5, skip next 2 dc) around; join with sl st in top of first sc.
Rd 4: Sl st over to 3rd ch of ch5 sp, ch 1 (sc in 5ch sp, 7 ch) around, join with sl st in top of first sc.
Rd 5: ch 1 (sc in ch-7 space, ch 2, dc in ch 7 sp, 2 ch, tr in same ch 7 sp, ch 2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st into top of tr, ch 2, dc in same  ch 7 sp, ch 2, sc in space, sc into top of previous sc) around, until last loop.  for hanging loop, ch 16, slip st into first two chains.
Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Thank you for the pattern, I am going to youtube the stitches and try my hand at your pattern!
    Oh, pretty tree!

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    1. Tracey,
      Oh I hope you enjoy it - this is a very simple pattern - I am sure you will have a whole bunch in no time! thank you!

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  2. Congratulations to the winner. The snowflakes looks quite pretty on the tree. I´ve been cutting out paper snowflakes to make a "snowflake curtain" for the kitchen window.

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    1. Sami,
      that sounds like fun - isn't it strange how we focus on snow when it is so hot outside!

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  3. Congratulations to you Stiletto!! Enjoy your snowflakes.
    Loved the tree, and the snowflakes look very nice too!!

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  4. Congratulations to you Stiletto!! Enjoy your snowflakes.
    Loved the tree, and the snowflakes look very nice too!!

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  5. You can use white wood glue diluted with a little water for stiffening. I always use it for hand made lace.

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    1. Audrey,
      I did read about that option as well, but I had cornflour, and no wood glue, so went this way.

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  6. Hi Africanaussie, Much thanks! I'm really surprised and delighted to be the one getting it. It would be great to add them to my other ornaments. And thanks to sami and VirginaC for your best wishes.

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    1. Stiletto,
      you are welcome - enjoy! they are on their way!

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  7. I like your crochet ornaments! I have a snowflake garland I crocheted which I sometimes pull out in July as a winter time decoration. Your little tree looks pretty, I bet the grandchildren love it!

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    1. Ruth,
      what a great idea! I love the little crocheted flowers in your header

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