I’ve been doing quite a bit of crocheting lately. Crochet is “hip,” sort of like knitting was a few years ago. They even have little signs in the windows of fiber shops now that say, “Crocheters Welcome!”. (Is crocheter even a word?)
Crocheting is also a stress reliever for me, and over the years, it has been a modest money maker as well. I used to crochet tiny hat and mitten pins when I was in high school and college back in the recession of the 1980s and would sell enough of them to finance Christmas presents for family and friends. One summer, I even went to Eleva-Strum Broiler Festival, bought a space at the craft fair, and sold enough potholders and worm bookmarks to pay for my next batch of resumes AND to enter the 5k!
I have been having fun crocheting these pastel snowflakes. I’m acutally using vintage cotton to create these ornaments. I found all of this colored cotton cheap at antique and collectible shops and malls. (The dealers pick it up for probably a buck a lot at the tail end of estate auctions.) The colors remind me of spring. We get quite a bit of snow in spring around here, so they don’t seem out of place to me.
I picked the branch from a snowdrift in the backyard after a late-winter ice storm; filled the hand thrown vase with stones picked from the stony beaches of Lakes Superior and Michigan, topping it off with pine cones from various Wisconsin state parks; and hung the designs that held their shape without stiffening. It turned out pretty nice. What have you been working on lately?