October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I had a couple of back-to-back scares earlier this year, and my heart and my snowflakes go out to all those who don't get the relieving test results I did.
I was admiring the gorgeous Pink Wave Sticky Notes I designed last summer, trying to come up with a cool blog giveaway so I can share the five extra samples I bought when I got hit by another tremendous Pink Wave. I didn't even think twice. No, I post haste applied for the next Wave lottery, which just happened to be in January. That's the same month we'd been drawn for in 2014, so I couldn't help but think perhaps we might get lucky again...
And then I remembered our September camping trip to Grand Teton National Park. I was writing in my paper journal one night during that awesome vacation when my pink Wave permit fell out of my journal pocket. I scooped it back up and tucked it back into the book. No way I'm ever letting go of that precious memory!
And that's when a blog giveaway finally hit me. I'll give away a Pink Wave sticky note pad on Sunday, October 11, 2015, to the best pink vacation memory in the comments below.
Initially I thought I'd be like everyone else and do a random drawing, but I decided I want to read about pink vacation memories that knock my socks off. Because, you know, I have to get revved up for The Wave, just in case we DO get drawn again... (We'll have to try again this month; we didn't get drawn for January.)
If there are too many fantastic pink vacation memories to pick just one, I might have to come up with a few extra pink prizes and award some runners-up. So please don't be intimidated by someone else's pink vacation memories.
After all, who could top my best Valentine's Day ever?!? (Okay, so that permit actually was green, but it's till my favorite vacation of all time, plus, The Wave is pink, and Valentine's Day is associated with pink!)
NOTE: If you are outside of the US and win a prize, I may have to send you an electronic gift certificate instead of a physical post. The last international package I sent was three ounces and cost $24 just for postage, plus all the crazy customs paperwork. Also, I am not Google+, so if you are and don't have a blog and Google+ is the only way I can contact you if you win, please check back at next Monday's snowflake pattern to see if I need your email address. I'll announce the winner(s) and if I can't find a way to communicate with you.
You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 6.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line
Pink October Snowflake Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, * ch 8, sl st in 7th ch from ring (loop picot made), ch 1, 5 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 2 sp of Round, ch 2, 1 dc in top of hdc just made to form 6th picot loop of Round. Don't pull magic ring too tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of hdc directly below, * ch 6, 3 dc in next picot loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same picot loop; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 3 dc in starting picot loop, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 5 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 5 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 1 dtr in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dtr in same sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dtr in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dtr in same sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 5 dc in next ch 5 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 5 dc in next ch 5 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 13, 1 dtr in 12th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 tr in same ch, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch, ch 3, 1 tr in same ch, ch 3, 1 tr in same ch, ch 12, sl st in same ch, ch 1, 3 dc in same ch 3 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.
Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.
If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.