07 February 2011
I have two heart-themed snowflakes this week. Both are named after treasured Colorado landmarks, and one was inspired by a drinking glass that inspired another flake more than a year ago.
Loveland Pass is the middle mountain pass of the Triple Bypass, a 120-mile bicycle tour that scales three mountain passes (10,000 feet of climbing) in a day. I've never participated in the Triple Bypass, but I've trained with The Lizard as he prepares. I've ridden the other two passes of the Triple, but not Loveland, the most difficult.
Loveland Pass, as well as the city of Loveland, which sits nearly across the state, did not get their name from anything romantic; both were named after William Loveland, late 19th century president of and one of the founders of the Colorado Central Railroad.
Nevertheless, you can send your valentine cards in a package to the town of Loveland, where they will be postmarked with the famous cancellation stamp and cachet. Or you can climb 13,117-foot Cupid, which was intentionally given the fabled name to take advantage of romantic potential offered by the names of the pass and ski area.
At 11,990 feet, Loveland Pass is the second highest paved pass in Colorado (105 feet lower than Independence Pass) and the highest mountain pass in the world that stays open most of the winter. On the east side of the pass is Ski Loveland. Prior to the completion of Eisenhower Tunnel in 1973, Loveland Pass was the primary auto route over the Continental Divide via Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Loveland Pass is popular with backcountry skiers and snowboarders. In heavy snow years, trailhead parking becomes limited when plowed snow piles up to 10 feet high on the road's shoulder.
Overlooking the pass, Cupid, a ranked 13er I've climbed in winter, sits upon the Continental Divide and is the 555th tallest peak in Colorado. That doesn't sound like much, but it's taller than the highest points in 41 other states. Its summit provides gorgeous views of popular Front Range 14er Torreys Peak. (That shot of Torreys Peak up above was taken by me from atop Cupid as close to Valentine's Day as I could get, on March 5, 2005, on the four-month anniversary of emergency back surgery that changed my life.)
On the MS-150 front, I've been totally amazed by the generosity of crocheters (and stained glass artists!) who've opened their hearts to help me raise money for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As of last Friday afternoon, my team, which isn't even fully formed yet, is 12th best in fundraising so far among 38 teams registered to date, and I'm also nearly halfway to my personal goal of $2,000. That's because of YOU! The Lizard has been tickled yet shocked that anyone who reads my blog would contribute in his name, so an extra special thanks to those of you who have been bumping up his thermometer!
I've also been overwhelmed by the number of readers who have written to tell me they have MS, especially those who are struggling with the symptoms but keep crocheting because they want to make as many snowflakes as they can while they still can. You've touched my heart deeply. I hope I can keep designing flakes, and I hope what we do helps make it possible to find a cure soon!
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: 6.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line
Ch 12, sl st into 1st ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, 1dc in same ch as sl st, 1sc in same ch, *1 sc in next ch, [1 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc] in next ch; repeat from * 4 more times, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sc in same ch as starting 2 sc; sl st in starting dc.
Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), 1 dtr in same st, ch 2, sl st in top of dtr, 1 tr in same st, 1 dc in same st, *1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 tr in same st, 1 dtr in same st, ch 2, sl st in top of dtr, 1 tr in same st, 1 dc in same st; repeat from * around 4 more times; 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in same st as starting ch 4; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4.
Round 3: Sl st to top of picot point, ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), *sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, ch 3, 1 dc in next snowflake tip (lower heart top made), ch 6; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 9.
Round 4: *Ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 10, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, [1 dc] in next ch, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, 1 dc in top of [1 dc], sl st in 5th ch of ch 10 (heart made), ch 4, sl st in 1st ch 10, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in body of snowflake in top of dc/ch 3 that counts as dc, ch 15, sl st in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 6, sk lower heart top, sl st in next dc; repeat from * around 5 more times for a total of 6 hearts and 6 spokes; 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.
Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. 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.
Loveland Pass Snowflake
Finished Size: 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 0 hook and fine Jelly Yarn; optional carabiner
Ch 36. Taking care not to twist work, sl st in starting ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, 1 sc in same ch as sl st, *1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch; repeat 5 times, ending with 2 sc in same ch as starting sc instead of 3 sc in next ch on final repeat; sl st in starting sc. NOTE: Work will be curly this round but will straighten out during next round.
Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same sc; *1 tr in next hdc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 sc in next tr, 1 dc in next dc, 1 tr in next hdc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 2, [sl st in next sc], ch 2, 1 dc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with [sl st in next sc on final repeat. Bind off. Weave in ends.
NOTE: I made a ch 6 loop before binding off to make a loop for a key chain.
This snowflake will not need to be pinned, blocked or stiffened. If it is a little curly when finished, just leave it between two heavy books overnight, and it will be flat the next morning.