Well if I can’t crochet at least I can work on patterns!
This pattern has now been published on Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/real-snowflakes
I have to say that my attempt at enrolling pattern testers was not very successful. Even the internet let me down by losing two emails with attachments!
However nothing daunted I put on my ‘US terms’ head (shades of Worzel Gummidge*) and settled down to work through the US version of my snowflakes pattern. It wasn’t as hard as I imagined and I managed to make a few improvements in the process.
So following on from that I am now ready to publish the final copies of the pdfs for both UK and US versions.
My aim had always been the end of July or August so I am pretty much on track.
Here I include a photograph of a comparison between snowflakes made with a 3.5mm hook (central circle) and those made with a 4mm hook. I found the central snowflake came out a very similar size with both hooks. For anyone who has not seen these before: they are all based on photographs of real snowflakes. You can find them at http://snowcrystals.com/ Kenneth G. Libbrecht kindly gave me permission to use them on my blog and in this pattern. The ones in the above photograph are made in Stylecraft Special DK but they can be made in a variety of other yarns as you can see in my angel wreath. And a full set in a two tone crochet cotton. *[Worzel Gummidge is a living breathing scarecrow from the books of Barbara Euphan Todd. Although I never read the books as a child they were made into a TV series with Jon Pertwee which I watched with my children. He had several heads which he changed depending on the needs of the current situation.]