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Snowy Day Craft

Snow day crocheting project (Maggie Bullock)
Snow day crocheting project (Maggie Bullock)

The snow has finally fallen (which, sorry readers, I love). Snowy days are magical to me and a reminder to slow down, make some cocoa, and read a good book (or blog). I have a few projects I’m working on, including a major clear-out. I need organization in my life and January is the month for making it happen. In the past few days, I’ve unearthed the remains of several old crafty hobbies, including: candle making, scented oils with dried flowers in old bottles, many old quilting and sewing projects, and the pattern book my Auntie Shari taught me to knit with when I was nine. Some of these I kept, some have made it to Value Village for someone else to enjoy.

Since the snow began falling, my clear-out breaks have been filled with yarn. I have a couple of knitting projects on needles and have had some fun experimenting with crochet. I have found many wonderful, free (!) patterns on Ravelry.com which have been keeping my yarn addiction satisfied.

If you’re a knit or crochet person and you haven’t discovered Ravelry, go there now. It is a free community for yarn folk and offers great tools to organize your project lists and yarn stash, as well as a library of projects and patterns.

While stumbling around the site, I found these fun flowers from Lucy of Attic 24. They are very easy (I did have to learn a new stitch, but YouTube tutorials took care of teaching me during a snow storm) and can be made with yarn scraps. I love the dimension of these flowers and opportunities they provided to play with colors and types of yarn.

I have already made package decorations, hair clips, and pins with these flowers and plan on much, much more. Leave your yarn ends long, braid them and knot the end; then pull the knot through a stitch on the back of the flower and put the flower over the neck of a wine bottle. Tada! Cute, fun, and unique!

What have you been doing with your snow time?
 


 



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Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at mebullock@gmail.com.