Monday, October 02, 2006

Snowflake hotpad & coaster

Ok... I'll confess! :D I haven't finished up the different color variation of my bag! I have all the parts done, and I just need to join them... :P

Anyway, crochet snowflakes have been in my mind a lot lately instead of the bag. :D
My initial plan was to make our Christmas tree full of crochet snowflakes this year, but I'm not sure that is going to happen... I will probably make a couple more for myself, and some more for my ESL teacher at my local church.
I'm just super busy everyday with contracts, and I want to stay that way. ;)

One new thing I started recently and truly enjoy is teaching crochet. Some of my friends come to my house on Mondays to learn crochet, and I just love it! :) We have met 3 times already, and all of them have finished at least one snowflake. Today was our last meeting to talk about crochet snowflake, and I wanted a pattern that uses worsted weight yarn. So... I visited Crochet Pattern Central first as always and found Linda's Snowflake Potholder pattern. I just made 1 layer instead of 2 so mine doesn't function as a potholder, but it makes a nice hotpad, I think. :)


I'm sure if I just use #10 thread and follow the pattern + make the loop longer, it must make a pretty snowflake ornament that require only light spray-starching and ironing... but this time, I decided to make a coaster instead. :P All I did was adding an extra round with color B(blue in this case) and the simple ch-&-sc edging instead of sc edging.


All of my students liked them, and they all decided to make either the hotpad or the coaster :) Next time, I am going to teach them symbols and diagrams, and after that, they are going to start whatever crochet project they like either with yarn or thread.

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Lastly, I just have to share my pretty dahlia with you all. :)

  

Hope you all are having a good week!

12 comments:

Kari said...

yay you and teaching crochet!
I love the hotpad!

Chie said...

Hi Kari!
Happy you like the hotpad! I'm glad you stopped by. :) Hope everything is well with you and your family. :)

Mimi said...

Would love to see all your recent projects, Chie...Anyway, so glad you're enjoying your work, and teaching crochet too!
The dahlias are lovely!

Ulla said...

Dear Chie

What a great idea to do an extra row around the snowflake.You can see the flake better .A sweet pattern too.

I'm happy you have met nice friends also loving crochet.And to be a teacher-you have so much experience and you can so much about crochet and design.

My best regards from a rainy north of Sweden
Ulla

Sharon said...

Chie, I love your Dahlia and the snowflake is lovely too. Thank you for giving us the link to the pattern. I'm looking forward to trying one.

Chie said...

Mimi -
Lots of my recent projects are on Stitch Diva Studios! ;) Mimi, I'm really relived to know that you are ok. *hugs* It seems the typhoon did lots of damage...

Chie said...

Ulla -
Hi. :) Thank you Ulla, you are so sweet! I just love teaching crochet, and it makes me so happy that many people want to learn crochet. :)

Sharon -
We love our dahlia too, especially my son! :) My mom gave me a bulb. I have other kind dahlia that's having buds, and I can't wait to see the flower! The snowflake hotpad is really easy and fun to make. Glad you like it!

JulieP said...

Love the snowflake hotpad! And your dahlias are beautiful.

Chie said...

juliep -
Thank you Julie! :) Glad you stopped by!

Sheryl said...

Chie, I have been to your blog before and have enjoyed it greatly. I added you to my bloglines feed today and will be back! I love the snowflake - I want to make a snowflake Christmas tree skirt for my yarn shop. This was great inspiration. Keep passing on crochet!

Chie said...

sheryl -
Thank you for your kind words! :)
I'm happy that you like the snowflake! Hope to see your tree skirt soon. ;) Let me know when it's done, ok? :)

Carissa Peck said...

I hope you still follow your comments to this older post. I just thought you may like to crochet another snowflake for Sandy Hook? The school has asked for donations of snowflakes to decorate the new building the students will enter in January. If you have a chance to make just one more snowflake you may like to look into it. http://eslcarissa.blogspot.com/2012/12/send-snowflakes-to-sandy-hook.html