Yee-haw! I had a ball making her! Of course there was plenty of cussin' and swearin' going on at times, but it was all worth it in the end. I learned a few things that I'll apply when I make another one, like not using a mixture of glue and water to stiffen her. She really didn't get stiff enough that way even though I slathered it on heavily. I'll use a commercial spray stiffener next time. I ordered some online so it should be here tomorrow. The second thing I learned was not to use Red Heart thread. Ugh! It was so stiff and yucky. I was shocked at the difference when I started my second one using a higher-quality thread. It makes a world of difference! Believe it. It's definitely worth an extra dollar or two you'll pay for better yarn.
Pattern: Pineapple Cascade Angel by Cylinda Mathew's
Yarn: Red Heart #10 in White
Hook: 1.75 mm (Pattern called for a 1.5 mm, but I wanted to use my favorite 1.75 hook from Australia, so I did! It didn't seem to make a difference in her size.)
I crocheted silver beads into her hem instead of pearls because I couldn't find any pearls that had a large enough hole for my thread. I continued with the silver theme by using silver ribbon in her bouquet and halo. She stands about 12 inches high.
I took a one-day break from crocheting and then...
Because I'm nuts.
She's made with a different pattern and I'm using Nazli Gelin Garden 10 yarn, which I love because it crochets like a silken dream. I buy mine online from Jimmy Bean's. Her face and wings will still be white, but her dress is this silvery-gray this time. I'm hoping to find some pearls for her this time.
Five days til Christmas!