18 July 2011

Snowflake Monday

Autumn Gold below Cinnamon Pass
I've always wanted a snowflake purse. Who knew I'd come up with a tasty one!

I've about run out of Middle Fork peak names, and the colors in this project reminded me of... dare I confess??? Chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, chai... heavenly scents. Yes, that's the ticket. Scents. Not flavors.

Thanks to scrumptious (did I really say that?!?) colors of Peaches & Creme and Sugar & Cream, I decided to name this pattern after a pass on the other side of the Cimarron Ridge. Cinnamon Pass, between mountain towns Lake City and Silverton, holds yet another romantic memory for me.

Uncompahgre PeakWhile The Lizard and I were flirting but not yet dating, I climbed Uncompahgre Peak, one of the most gorgeous mountains as seen from anywhere high along the Cimarron ridge. In my trip report, I commented on lovely waterfalls along the dirt road leading to Nellie Creek, the Uncompahgre trailhead. I didn't know the the pass had a name back then. Actually, I didn't know there was a pass. I just wanted to climb a mountain, and I had to take a dirt road to get there.

The waterfall conversation evolved into a list of waterfalls The Lizard thought I should see, including several along nearby Cinnamon Pass. "Plenty of magic to be found along Cinnamon Pass," The Lizard commented. Cinnamon?!? I couldn't believe we had a landmark by that name. A delicious name! My curiosity and imagination spun out of control.

Cinnabon!!!I boldly suggested Cinnabon as a fitting treat atop the Pass. The Lizard didn't bite that day, but I think I did cause a bit of drool. We enjoyed our Cinnabon cinnamon rolls atop Cinnamon Pass about two months into official dating. The San Juan magic was indeed powerful, with or without calories! Cinnamon Pass remains a favorite destination to this day.

Cinnamon Pass is the seventh highest automobile pass in Colorado at 12,615 feet. Unpaved, it connects with neighboring Engineer Pass (and the Uncompahgre trailhead) to form the popular 4WD Alpine Loop, which is one of The Lizard's favorite mountain bike rides, all 70 miles of it! Cinnamon Pass offers access to trailheads for 14ers Handies, Sunshine and Redcloud before leading into American Basin, one of the most beautiful wildflower viewing areas in the San Juan Mountains. Many of the roads in the San Juans were built by miners seeking gold and silver, and many remnants of mines and mining towns along the Alpine Loop offer a peek into Colorado's rich history.

Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse below Cinnamon PassThe Lizard and I spent the sixth anniversary of our wedding training on the Alpine Loop over the weekend. Photos from along both Cinnamon Pass and Engineer Pass will be featured in Wordless Wednesday this week.

I considered taking the Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse up Cinnamon Pass in my pack, but The Lizard pleaded, "No, please don't do that. It's too nice. I don't want anything to happen to it." So I shot it where we started up the pass.

The Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse is not lined in these photos, but I've come up with a great way to recycle the plastic in large milk or orange juice jugs with a custom lining, and I'll share those instructions plus the decoration snowflake pattern next week. (You'll never guess what I'm naming that mouth-watering snowflake!)

Reader Beverly pointed out last week's kitchen set is missing beverage coasters. How could I have forgotten those?!? I've included a matching pattern below. Because the pattern is identical to the El Punto Snowflake, just worked with cotton yarn and a large hook, I'm not changing the name.

El Punto Snowflake Coaster and Afterthought Snowflake Coaster

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from these patterns, but you may not sell or republish the patterns. Thanks, and enjoy!

Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse
Finished Size: Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse, 16 inches from point to point; El Punto Snowflake Coaster, 6.5 inches from point to point
Materials:
Purse: Two 56 g skeins worsted weight cotton yarn, one skein contrasting color if desired; button or small amount of stuffing for purse closing if crocheting bobble; two sheets of paper paper large enough to trace finished snowflake if you plan to line the purse
Coaster: One 56 g skein worsted weight cotton yarn, and one of contrasting color, if desired, will make six coasters and a Redcliff Hot Pad, featured in last week's Snowflake Monday
Both Projects: Size H crochet hook

Instructions

Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse
Cinnamon Pass Snowflake Purse

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [1 dc in ring, ch 1] 11 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Sl st into next ch 1 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc between 2/dc groups directly below; ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, *1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1, 1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1, sl st into 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 4: Sl st into next ch 1 sp (immediately next to final sl st of Round 3), ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 5: Sl st into top of next dc, sl st between 2/dc groups directly below, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, *ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1] 3 times, 1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1] 3 times, sl st into 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 6: Sl st into next ch 1 sp (immediately next to final sl st of Round 5), ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 7: Sl st into top of next dc, sl st between 2/dc groups directly below, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, *ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1] 5 times, 1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1] 5 times, sl st into 2nd ch of starting ch 3. Bind off here if making a round in complimentary color. Do not bind off if making solid color dish cloth.
Round 8: Sl st into next ch 1 sp (immediately next to final sl st of Round 7), ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 9: Sl st into top of next dc, sl st between 2/dc groups directly below, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, *ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups] 4 times, ch 4, sl st in top of dc just worked (picot made), ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1] 4 times, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups, ch 1] 3 times, ch 4, st st in top of dc just worked, ch 1, [1 dc between next 2/dc groups] 3 times, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3. Bind off here if using contrast color for final round.
If you plan to line this purse, make a paper pattern now by outlining the snowflake on piece of paper, ignoring picots. Cut out pattern and set aside for Part II of these instructions.
Round 10: Sl st in next ch 1 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) (use chainless dc start instead of sl st and ch 2 start if working in contrast color), 1 dc in same sp, *ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp in main body of flake, [2 dc in next ch 1 sp] 3 times, 1 dc in next ch 4 loop, [ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in same loop] 3 times, sk next ch 1 sp, [2 dc in next ch 1 sp] 4 times; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last 2 dc on final repeat; bind off. Weave in ends.
If you plan to line this purse, make another pattern by tracing finished snowflake on paper, ignoring picots and points. Cut out and set aside for Part II of these instructions.

Strap

Leaving long tail, ch 100 (or desired length).

Round 1: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (2 ch skipped will be connecting point after joining strap to first snowflake) and in each ch across. To connect to purse, working on back side of one snowflake, continue dc across top of 9th Round, starting at any point. Work 1 dc in each ch 1 sp on each side of each lone dc of 9th Round for four sides, leaving two sides unworked. In essence, you will have 2 dc between each 2/dc group of Round 10. While working final dc on 4th point, taking care not to twist strap, draw up loop through top ch of starting ch 2 (counts as 1st dc yo), insert hook into final ch of ch 100 AND into bottom ch of starting ch 2, draw up loop. YO, draw through 2 loops, which secures strap to purse body. YO and draw through final 2 loops on hook. Sl st in top ch.
Round 2: Ch 2. 1 dc in each dc around. Sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 3: Ch 2. 1 dc in each dc around. Sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Bind off, leaving long tail (about 3 feet). Use ending tail to sew just completed purse sides and bottom to 2nd snowflake, matching points. Use starting tail to weave together the two stitches between the strap and purse when initially joined. Weave in both tail ends.

joining strap
Bobble

Make magic ring, and leave long tail. 6 sc in ring. Do not join. Pull magic ring tight. 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12 sc. 1 sc in each sc around twice. 1 sc in every other sc around for a total of 6 sc. Stuff lightly. 1 sc in every other sc around for a total of 3 sc. Draw up loop in each sc around. YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Bind off, leaving long tail. Use tails to attach to one top point on one snowflake. Weave in ends. Top snowflake point on other snowflake will loop over bobble to serve as closure. Large button also may be used instead of bobble.

Part II instructions for lining have now been published and are located here.

El Punto Snowflake Coaster
El Punto Snowflake Coaster

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [1 dc in ring, ch 1] 11 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3. If working 2nd round in contrasting color, bind off here. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Sl st into next ch 1 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, *ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp in main body of flake, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last 2 dc of final repeat. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Afterthought Snowflake Coaster
Afterthought Snowflake Coaster

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [1 dc in ring, ch 1] 11 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3. If working 2nd round in contrasting color, bind off here. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch 1 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Bind off.

Round 3: With contrast color, 1 sc between any 2/dc groups, *1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked, 1 dc in next sp between 2/dc groups, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next sp between 2/dc groups; repeat from * 5 times, ending sl st into starting sc instead of final sc of last repeat. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Afterthought Snowflake

UPDATE: I made the Afterthought Snowflake in thread for my 2014 special project, and I think it turned out rather cute!

Whitmore Falls

6 comments:

  1. "flirting but not yet dating", so cute...:)

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  2. Ooh, I love the coasters! How cute!

    I know what you mean about calling yarn "scrumptious." I avoid it when I can, but sometimes there just isn't any other word for it!

    The purse colors remind me mostly of coffee. =]

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  3. I'd love to step right into the frame on that last shot- the waterfall looks so enticing.

    Now, about that cinnamon roll... my stomach just growled so loud it echoed. Hmmm... I guess if I want to eat one of those, I better figure out which summit I'll be savoring it on.

    You sure took the sting out of this Monday- this post is delicious all the way around.

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  4. I'm with Titanium on the waterfall - we're on day 2 of a week-long extreme heat and humidity wave that makes cool water look extremely enticing indeed.

    The Lizard is definitely a keeper - any husband who not only notices a purse but compliments it is rare and precious.

    Okay, time for some dessert now. Too hot to bake cinnamon rolls, but there's a donut calling my name. In fact it matches your adorable purse!

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  5. Nice purse :') and I really like the El Punto coaster - I like the quality of the blues in the yarn.

    I have picked up my old disused blog again and now have managed to post to your blog before you've even made the Ravelry snowflake post. What a topsy-turvy world :').

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  6. that´s a gorgeous place. But I can feel my thighs aching for that steep side. And I only looekd at it. :)

    The nice bike isn´t mine. I happend to pass by it and stepped back to take some shots. But I wish it was mine.

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