It’s December and that means it’s time for Crochet Snowflake 2019.
Like every year, I am eager to welcome winter. The start of every season brings a tingle of excitement and December is no different. The cool, shorter, darker days that replace the bright weeks of autumn mean only one thing: the nature is getting ready to rest, and so should we. Though it may seem hard to do, having wrapped up one holiday only to start getting ready for another, but December is the perfect month to slow down and enjoy the small things.
I’ve been wanting to publish a pattern for a simple crochet rainbow wall hanging since I first wrote about macrachet last winter. Back then, I almost absent-mindedly crocheted a simple rainbow, more to illustrate the concept than to create something particular. The rainbow came together so quickly and effortlessly I didn’t bother taking any process notes. After all, it’s a rainbow. An arc. A half-circle. Who needs to take notes on that? Plus, I thought to myself, if it turns out well, I will surely write and publish the pattern within a few days. There’s no way I’ll forget between now and then.
Wraps per inch is a simple method of measuring yarn thickness and determining yarn weight. It can be equally helpful to crocheters, knitters, weavers, or spinner. Professionals often refer to it simply as wpi.
As strange as it feels typing it in the heat and humidity of early August, the summer break is over. My son just started Kindergarten and took to the new environment like a fish to the sea. After getting over this bittersweet motherhood moment, I excitedly welcome several hours of uninterrupted work time each day. Being able to start and finish a task in a single day feels sinfully luxurious. Which is perfect! I have a bounty of jute crochet patterns coming your way this fall. Just have a look.
Last Friday night, I grabbed my hook to quickly whip up a test black and white crochet spiral for a collaboration project I am considering. While I was working on the swirl, another black and white circle idea popped up in my mind. So, I made it – and while doing so, like bubbles, another two ideas popped up in my head. By Sunday night I had 16 different black and white motifs. And then I noticed I had been storing all these circles in a black and white polka dot basket. Clearly, there’s a theme going on; wouldn’t you say?
Once again, the life story of a crochet pattern makes me ponder the relativity of time. How can a project that takes less than an afternoon to complete be the result of a pattern that has been 5 years in the making?
When I say a “one minute crochet heart,” I mean it. You can literally crochet a whole heart in less than 60 seconds. So, if you are finding this post on February 13 (and your child just announced that they are doing Valentines exchange at school tomorrow after all), do not worry! You’ve got plenty of time to make two dozens of these before dinner time.
When I published my 2018 picture frame collection, I promised you a quick guide to attaching pictures to crochet picture frames. So, today I’ll share with you my three favorite ways of mounting art in crocheted picture frames.
Before we begin, I strongly recommend that you block and stiffen your picture frames.