23 May 2011
This coming weekend, I'm moving my blog to self-hosted space. Hopefully, if I've coded everything properly, the transition will be smooth, and no one will notice the difference.
However, it is entirely possible the migration could take up to 72 hours, and I think that means visitors could be treated to "Error 404 Not Found" or "This page does not exist." It is possible we may experience burps and regurgitation along the way. It is possible I may have entered something improperly, and it's possible I may have misunderstood directions or someone may have misdirected me.
If something does go wrong, please know we are working tirelessly and diligently to correct the problem. I'm not going anywhere; I'm just putting on my big girl pants. I don't intend to give up my blog, stop photographing and writing, permanently park my bicycle or quit designing snowflake patterns.
I have a snowflake ready for next Monday, which is a holiday here in the U.S. But I've never migrated a blog before, so I don't know what will happen when my first post to the new home gets published. So, fingers crossed, prayers said, all systems go. I'll do everything I can to be up and running as normal on May 30.
In honor of this frightening first baby step, I've named this snowflake Transitions. It symbolizes all the background work and preparation going into what I hope will be a smooth process and just another day in paradise...
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, 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 6, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.
Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Do not pull magic ring too tight.
Round 2: 1 sc in same sc as sl st, *ch 10, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, 1 trtr in starting sc (ch 5 and trtr counts as final ch 10).
Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over trtr post, *ch 8, 4 dc in next ch 10 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 4, 1 dtr in2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over dtr post, *ch 6, 2 dc in middle of next 4/dc group, ch 6, 2 dc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 2 dc in middle of next 4/dc group, ch 6, 2 dc in same sp as starting dc, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of last dc of Round 4, *1 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 hdc in next ch 6 sp, 2 sc in same sp, ch 14, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, 2 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 2 st, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, [yo and draw up loop in 3rd ch from hook, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (3 dc cluster made), ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, sl st in top of 3 dc cluster, ch 3, 3 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc in same ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times ending with last 3dc cluster on final repeat; sl 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.
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.