Some people crochet yarmulkes, or scarves. Yael Falk crochets dreidels, made out of wire.
The delicate, multi-color spinning tops can’t really be used for games of dreidel, given that they’re not four-sided with the traditional letters of the Hanukkah game.
Instead, Falk, who uses her nickname, Yoola, for her design work, uses the gossamer-thin dreidels as a way of learning how to crochet with wire, one of the many paid tutorials she offers, based on her developed technique.
The industrial designer first discovered her muse while living in Montreux, Switzerland years ago. She was looking for something to do in addition to caring for her kids, and took a course in silversmithing, along with some beading and wire work.
Using thin, delicate wires and a crochet hook, she first wove bracelets and earrings, and eventually began selling her tidy geometric shapes on Etsy, the design website. She also got many requests for how to crochet with wire, so she “started to give directions,” said Falk.
“All the patterns were mine, and there’s a limit to what one person can create and I didn’t want to be a factory,” said Falk. “I love to crochet for myself, and there are lots of people like me in the world. So I share my knowledge.”
Falk sells her work, including the dreidels, in museum shops around Israel, and offers workshops most Fridays, at her studio in Yehud. (This Friday’s class on dreidel making is full.)
But if you want to make a dreidel, this could be your opportunity, by downloading Falk’s $9.90 DIY tutorial. Give it a spin.