19 March 2012

Snowflake Monday

Citadel Sunrise

This snowflake is featured on my still nameless and still not-quite-done snowflake quilt, my snowflake-surrounded Wave blog header and this year’s Snowmon badge. It was inspired by a real life snowflake captured for eternity by Pam Eveleigh.

strips pieced

Given the name of the photographer, Mount Eva seems a fitting name for this snowflake, particularly because I couldn’t find a Mount Pam or Pam Peak or any Pam-flavored landmark in Colorado.

I thought I had a photo of Mount Eva, taken from Loveland Pass many years ago, when I learned a metal building near the top of the peak can be seen from miles away. While scanning the landscape via my telephoto lens from atop the pass, I thought I had captured a heretofore unrecognized (by me) hump of rocks with that very pile of metal. The clouds above The Citadel, a nearby summit, however, apparently snared my camera’s attention and refused to share. I did not get a photo of Mount Eva (here is a nice photo by "notracks"), and now that cycling season is back in full force, I haven’t had a chance to run up Fall River Road to snap a shot of the correct peak. So you’ll have to live with my swirly cloud Citadel portrait and just trust that Eva is nearby, screaming to be photographed too. I’ll get you one day, Eva, I promise!

Turns out that metal building atop Eva once was telecommunications equipment which has since been abandoned. The collapsed building, combined with my lack of forethought in getting a shot of Mount Eva when I had the chance, perhaps appropriately symbolizes the mistake I made not once but twice while making the first and second snowflakes with this pattern. Two prongs melted on each of those flakes!

Melting Mount Eva Snowflake

13,130-foot Mount Eva lies within the James Peak Wilderness and along the Continental divide. The peak is a popular backcountry skiing destination and was named after his wife by "King of Colorado Botany" and surgeon Charles Parry, who also named two mountains after himself. He had a penchant for naming Colorado’s mountains after friends and associates; he is responsible for the botanist-theme peak names Grays, Torreys and Engelmann.

Winter Park has since named one of its groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails Forever Eva, further immortalizing the nickname of Emily Parry, Charles’ wife. I found no explanation for how Emily became Eva, but Parry’s preserved letters and writing frequently refer to his wife as Eva.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

pre-appliqué

Finished Size: Version 1, 5 inches from point to point; Version 2, 4.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 20 crochet thread, size 12 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, school glue (make sure it is water soluble), water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line
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NOTE: These snowflakes may be made with size 10 thread and size 8 crochet hook and will be slightly larger.

Mount Eva Snowflake

Instructions, Version I

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc, ch 10, * 2 dc in next sc, ch 10; repeat from * 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 3: * 2 sc in next ch 10 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), [1 dc in same ch 10 sp], ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 9, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in top of same [dc] prior to ch 3, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 8, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 6, 1 dc in [[3rd ch from hook]], ch 9, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in same [[ch]] as dc picot prior to ch 9, 1 dc in same ch 10 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Mount Eva Snowflake

Instructions, Version II

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc, ch 10, * 2 dc in next sc, ch 10; repeat from * 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 3: * 2 sc in next ch 10 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), [1 dc in same ch 10 sp], ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 9, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in top of same [dc] prior to ch 3, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 4, 1 tr in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 6, 1 dc in [[3rd ch from hook], ch 9, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in same [[ch]] as dc picot prior to ch 9, 1 dc in same ch 10 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; 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.

appliqué is the hardest part

7 comments:

  1. You are so talented! I have thought about making a quilt with some of my crochet but haven't attempted yet! Have a great week.

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  2. Beautiful! Can't wait to see that finished quilt!

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  3. Such a gorgeous flake! I like that you can block it in different ways and it still looks amazing.

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  4. Oh yeah, those snowflakes look very nice.

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  5. Oh, that snowflake photo. Who can look at a snowflake and not believe in God?

    Beautiful crochet version too. :)

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  6. Many pretty snowflakes at once :)
    This week I have a flower theme in my blog. I went to a plant store with my camera.

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  7. lol. I would not mind having those snowflakes floating outside my window. :)

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