I’ve often wanted to experiment with making ornaments, but the holiday season always passes me by before I have the chance. This year, I got started early. It certainly helped that I acquired a bunch of doily-strength yarn from my grandmother’s house this past fall. I tried out some patterns from the Snowcatcher website, which has a lot of ideas to get you started.
The first step is to go ahead and crochet your little snowflakes. It’s tricky using such fine yarn, but it gets easier the more you do it:
The next step is to paint your snowflakes with a glue-and-water mixture, and pin them to some sort of drying rack. I put down a layer of wax paper, and pinned them to a bulletin board I use for blocking. One thing I learned the hard way: use straight pins instead of thumbtacks if you can! I used thumbtacks, and a few of the pieces have little rusty stains on them if you look closely.
After letting them dry for about 24 hours, carefully remove the pins and peel them from the wax paper. Here’s a close-up of one of my favorites:
Add a little string, and hang them in your window or on the tree. Voilà!
I recently got a few orders for my kitchen squares, and just made a big batch in a bunch of bright colors. 100% cotton. Absorbent and perfect for scrubbing, wiping, dusting, soaking up spills, and burping baby. Available for purchase here.
My hair stylist, Boswell (who works at Fox & Boy in Nolita), was given a set of knitted, cotton washcloths earlier this year. He uses them as scrubbies in the kitchen, and suggested I try making some. After toying with patterns for a while, I finally made a set. They’re a perfect gift for any occasion!
These are crocheted in 100% cotton. Kelly green and chartreuse.