Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Grandma's Snowflake

Many years ago at a Christmas party my grandmother gifted several crocheted snowflakes to whoever wanted one. My grandma has created a large family ( 6 children, 19? grandchildren, more great-grans than I can count!). Obviously, she doesn't gift to everyone, that would be insane. Instead she would make something or give out calendars. I have always treasured the snowflake.

This year when putting up the tree I pondered Grandma's snowflake. Hmm, I wondered if I could find a pattern and make my own snowflake. That same week, Colleen at my knit night brought us a snowflake crochet pattern. Her timing couldn't have been more perfect!
Let it Snow Doily by Susan Lowman; AuntLydia's bamboo crochet thread natural (Sorry for the blurry photo)

I have made 2 snowflakes so far. I'm not sure how many more are in my future. This snowflake thing was harder than I thought! Crocheting into tiny stitches was not soothing. The second went much faster/better. And thank goodness, once you get them wet and block them everything smooths out and it looks like a snowflake!

Grandma's snowflake browned with age.

Thanks for coming by. I'm enjoying blogging through the holidays. Someday when I'm older and have forgotten the little things I hope to look back and remember.


cinnamongirl93 said...

I love the snowflake and the story about your grandma. How wonderful to have one of her handmade ornaments. That is so special.
You did a beautiful job on the snowflake. I'm sure it wasn't easy. I knitted a mini mitten out of sock yarn and size one needles. Boy, was that hard!

Wool Winder said...

You can be the one to carry on the tradition now. Did you stiffen the snowflake with starch?

meredithr said...

I love these snowflakes! Colleen did good. I am making many more and hope to give them as sets of 4 or 6 as gifts next Christmas. We will miss you tonight, have fun at the concert.

Debbie said...

The snowflakes are wonderful...what a nice memory to bring to mind every time you look at your tree and see your Grandma's snowflake, and now it's got some snowflake buddies :-)

Ellen said...

What a wonderful story! Beautiful snowflake too. :)