I've been posting a lot of Christmasy things lately, haven't I? It's April, for heaven's sake. I actually have been doing something seasonally appropriate, but I can't show it just yet. Oh, OK, here's a taste:
So, back to Christmas. A few months ago, I designed a snowflake. I made several of them, and gave them all away without ever writing down the pattern. Ooops. Fortunately, I had a scan that I was able to enlarge enough to see the stitches.
Yarnplayer's "Winter Blend" size 40. This one is in DMC white size 80, doubled with Kreinik Blending Filament metallic thread in white, which you can't see except a little at the picots, but trust me, it's nice and sparkly in real life. The blending filament is a pure nuisance to work with, but it does add just the right element of sparkle to a snowflake. Here it is on the spool:
Designing this snowflake was a lovely experience. I simply picked up my shuttles and started tatting, with only a vague idea of what I was aiming for, and this came out. I hardly had to redo anything, and on the first try my stitch count came out so that it doesn't even need blocking. I don't know about anyone else, but that NEVER happens to me, and I doubt if it ever will again.
Alas, the luck that was with me in the tatting eluded me when it came to coming up with a name. I like to give anything I design a title that describes it in an interesting and attractive way. I've made snowflakes I call "Crazy Daisy", "The Twist", and "Star-Crossed", for example. For this one, all I can come up with is SCMR Snowflake. It's accurate enough, but hardly catchy.
Now, I happen to have an extra copy of this book:
So here's the deal. You name my snowflake, and I'll send you the book and the snowflake pattern. The contest is open to anybody except my family members. Just leave your suggestion in a comment on THIS post, and include a valid way for me to contact you if you're the winner. You may e-mail me with questions, but only entries made as comments on this post will be considered. I'm looking for something catchy and poetic that captures the essence of this snowflake. The one I like best will be the winner. Yes, it's subjective, but I promise not to play favorites. If two or more people happen to come up with the same title and it's the one I choose, then I will use a random number generator to pick the winner of the book, and the others will also get the pattern. The contest will close on Thursday April 22 at noon Mountain Daylight Time (2:00pm Eastern Daylight Time). The winner will be announced on Friday April 23.
Put your thinking caps on, and good luck!