That loud grinding noise you heard a while ago was me changing gears from knitting to crochet. (Yes, I am ambicraftous.) My mom belongs to this Sekret Klub, and every year in early December they have a fund-raising auction. The members bring things to auction off, pay inflated prices for each other’s stuff, and the money goes into a college scholarship fund of some sort. Last year, I made her four buttoned cowls. This year, I’m making her three sets of five crocheted snowflakes. I’m also making several sets of three for hostess gifts.
Tuesday after knitting group, I need to dash over to Michael’s and get some stiff stuff, some opalescent embossing powder, a container of sewing pins, and a paint brush. I’m pretty sure I already have enough crochet thread in my thread stash. In order to turn the snowflakes into tree ornaments, which is the goal of the exercise, they have to be blocked (stretched and pinned into shape), then soaked in the stiff stuff and sprinkled with opalescent embossing powder to give them just the right amount of sparkle. When that side is dry, you flip them over and repeat the process. Once they’re thoroughly dry, you hot glue a little loop of the narrowest white satin ribbon they make to one “point” so an ornament hook can be attached for hanging it on the tree.
One down, many to go.
I googled crocheted snowflakes and found this website that has a whole slew of free patterns for them. More than enough for the 15 I’m making for my mom. I’ll choose the 15 I like best, and do them.
I was searching for “Russian waltzes” on YouTube yesterday (because I couldn’t remember whether this one waltz was written by Prokofiev or Khachaturian)(It was Khachaturian.) and found this serendooglously*.
And yes! It’s from a Russian film. And yes! An English language version is available on Amazon, . . . And yes! It’s been shipped! (It’s dubbed in English. I wish it had been in Russian with English subtitles, but I may just turn the sound off and gorge on the video.)
Here’s the Russian language trailer.
*serendoogle — something you find serendipitously while googling for something else. I made this word up by mashing “serendipity” and “google” together.