Saturday, 15 November 2014

A little bit of Xmas crafting . . .

I can't remember what led me to Little Treasures shop/blog on Thursday, but whatever it was it led me to purchase a lovely pattern for crochet snowflakes, which I spied previously.  I know you can get lots of free snowflake patterns on the internet, but her patterns are so beautifully written and illustrated, they really are for keeps :)  I wasn't disappointed with my purchase, and it came with a freebie 'holly and berries' pattern - how cute was that!

It was great to just get on with some self-indulgent crafting!  I set to making the snowflake (there are two in the pattern BTW) straight away, using some 4 ply cotton yarn from my stash.  Later in the evening, I couldn't resist having a go with the holly and berry pattern, using some DK acrylic yarn and a 3.5 mm hook.


A little close-up of both creations (the berries are filled with polyfil stuffing) . . .


and the snowflake (I used a 3 mm hook and Lyric Puppets cotton 8/4) . . .


Just for info - I spray starched the snowflake once it was finished using Dylon spray starch - it worked quite nicely.

Some possible uses for the holly and berry decoration - adding them to one of my crochet slippers perhaps, hehe  . . .


A little bit OTT, but I was having a bit of fun by this point!

A little summary . . .


I had a little play-around with adding one snowflake to a card, which worked quite well too :)

I'm so chuffed with both these patterns!  Great for adding to Chrismas gifts, or just to add a little festive touch around the house - I'd definitely recommend trying them out.

It's a stunning, calm day here in the Hebrides - you can see the Scottish mainland hills very clearly, just gorgeous!


Wouldn't it be nice to get some lovely, mild winter weather - we'd better make the most of today in any case!

Cheerio an Drasda :)
Alison x

5 comments:

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

the holly&berry + the snowflake are so festive!!!! You did well in buying those patterns!!!!
We are having a grey morning, but I imagine not so cold as the one up thete in the Hebrides!!!! ;oD
xxxxxxx Ale

crazydaisycrochetcottage said...

Hi there, I do love a snowflake or two, the pattern you chose is very, very nice.
The holly and berries are cute, they would look fun on your slippers.
Enjoy the calm, we are doing quite well here in Wales but like you hoping for a mild Winter like last year, just makes life easier doesn't it.
Helen

june at noon said...

Fun! I did crochet snowflakes for ornament gifts one year, and we dipped them in a mixture of glue/water/glitter to make them sparkle. :)

Claire said...

Love the snowflakes Alison and the Holly berries look lovely too....
Hope you got a couple more days of fine weather so you could really enjoy it. It's warming up here 36deg. bit too warm too early for my likin. but next week should be a little cooler. Enjoy your weekend....

Claire Xx

Little Treasures said...

My Gosh! What a pleasant surprise this is!
Thank you so much for the purchase and the beautiful feature. The snowflakes turned out fantastically. I am so, so happy you are satisfied!