This year, I had the urge to crochet some snowflakes.
I dived into my stash and found some white yarn that was sprinkled with glittery thread, from Poundland, of all places and on a visit to Faith and Fabric, bought a beautiful ball of pale, dusty blue, with silver running through it. The blue yarn is James C Brett Twinkle DK in TW18.
A number of years ago, I learnt one snowflake off by heart and would take a ball of yarn, a plastic crochet hook and a floss reel onto my flights to Munich for work. Floss reels are great because you can cut yarn with it and don't have to worry scissors on a flight or security.
I'd sit on the flight and crochet the snowflakes then give them to people as gift tags.
After I'd created 6 of that pattern, I knew I needed some more ideas. So, it was of to the bookcase for inspiration.
I grabbed out Caitlin Sainio's 100 Snowflakes to crochet and go to work.
The book is divided into different levels so whatever your crochet ability, there are patterns for you to work.
Nearly all of the patterns start with chain 6 and most have between 4 and 6 rows taking around 6yds of yarn. So, you can get a lot of snowflakes out a ball of double knit (8ply).
The book is out of print but you can find copies on all the usual sites.