17 September 2012

Snowflake Monday

Puget Sound Wedding

Earlier this month I returned to my kids' favorite vacation destination for the first time in a decade. I have missed my Seattle trips and drives up Mount Rainier. Now, equipped with just a four-day sneak peak, I can't wait to schedule another vacation there, so I'm naming this week's snowflake after my former co-worker's wedding backdrop.

Puget Sound was named by George Vancouver, captain of the HMS Discovery, to honor 3rd Lt. Peter Puget's exploration of the waterway by small boat. Puget went on to explore the Columbia River and later became captain of the HMS Chatham. He completed his sailing career as captain of the HMS Goliath following lengthy recuperation from a serious injury. He and his wife, Hannah, had seven sons and four daughters.

Puget Sound provided one of the most beautiful wedding venues I've ever seen, perhaps even rivaling my old favorite, Arrowhead Golf Course, right here in good old Colorado. I've always loved the lush forests of the Seattle area, the fabulous sunsets everywhere along the Sound and the Olympic Peninsula, and I have been drawn to Mount Rainier ever since long before I knew what a 14er was or that one day I'd be climbing or cycling them.

This was the first time The Lizard and I have been to the Pacific Northwest together. He earned his master's degree in Oregon, and I explored as much of Washington state as I could with two kids and no other adult to help with driving. I truly can't wait to go back again one day, and hopefully have more time to explore it all over again with the love of my life. Today's snowflake shall long be a symbol of that quest.

The Sound

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!

Puget Sound Snowflake
Finished Size: 5.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, 6 loop holders (I used straws cut in half), 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

Puget Sound Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: 9 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Pull loop on hook big enough to place on holder, twist twice and place on loop holder, draw up loop in each of next 2 sc, twist each loop individually twice and place on loop holder, [pull up loop in each of next 3 sc, twist each loop individually and place on next loop holder] 2 times. (nine loops on three holders)
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: Draw up thread to height of loop as if to make sl st, give it an extra twist; * [gently slide next loop off holder and work 2 sc into top of loop] 3 times, ch 6; repeat from * around 2 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: 1 sc in same sc as sl st, * 1 hdc in next sc, 1 dc in each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 6, 1 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V made), ch 6, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st into starting sc.

Round 5: Pull loop on hook big enough to place on holder; twist twice and place on loop holder, draw up loop in each of next 5 st, twist each loop individually and place on loop holder, draw up loop in next ch and use it to begin ch, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp (top of V), ch 5, sl st in next sc, [pull up loop on hook, twist twice and place on next loop holder, pull up loop in each of next 5 st, twist each loop individually and place on loop holder, draw up loop in next ch, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, sl st in next sc] 2 times, omitting last 1 dc and ch 5 of 2nd repeat (working only 2 complete dc in top of last V); yo and draw up loop in top of V, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook (half of a dc made and 2 loops remaining on hook), 1 trtr in starting sc to form last ch 5, working last 2 loops of half of dc into top of trtr.

Round 6: * Ch 7, 1 sc in each of next loops, ch 7, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 2 dc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in same dc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in same sc.

Round 7: * Ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V made), ch 5, sl st in next sc, pull up loop on hook, twist twice and place on loop holder, draw up loop in each of next 5 st, twist each loop individually and place on loop holder, draw up loop in next ch to start new ch; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with new loop on hook to start new ch.

Round 8: * Ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp (top of V), ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, sl st in next sl st (at base of next loops on holder), ch 6, 1 sc in each of next 6 loops, ch 6, sl st in next sl st (at base of loops just removed from holder); repeat from * around 5 times; 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.

A link to the blocking template I use is located here. That website has some of the most helpful snowflake information I know of. I also have a link to it on my sidebar to the right. I try to keep all the important links there so everyone will be able to find the information they need.

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.

Puget Sound Sunset

9 comments:

  1. Hello, wonderful snowflake as per your usual. This morning I wanted to share with you the 3D snowflake I made from your Feb 14, 2011. I love this flake and it works great for a 3D. Feel free to share if you want to.

    https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10151404775633047&saved

    Thanks again for all the wonderful snowflakes.

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    1. Brenda, I LOVE the video, showing it twirl! I love the Bierstadt flake, too, so that really made my day. Thank you!

      PS: I tried to leave a comment on the video, but I guess you have to accept me as a friend, first. I don't get on there often at all, so I'm sorry I didn't do that sooner!

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  2. Beautiful backdrop! I have been admiring your tiny teddy bears and wondered how you manage to crochet such tiny perfections. Doesn't it hurt your fingers to work such tiny things?

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte!

      So far, no, the tiny stuff doesn't hurt my fingers. I take frequent breaks, and I bend my fingers in the opposite direction of crocheting once in a while to keep them from getting stiff. Those are tips I got from Ravelry when I was having problems with my elbow, which turned out to be NOT from needlecraft but from mousing.

      I did have a lot of pain when I broke my wrist last spring, and I found I just couldn't do that much with the cast!

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  3. I wanted to say a huge thank you for such an amazing page, and making me feel like I'm closer to home. I am a native of Ft.Collins, but haven't been able to move home yet after going to school out of state. I'm a beginner crochet thread gal, and I am determined to make some of your beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing your patterns. Love the names too! Cinnamon Pass- one of the coldest places in July! ; )
    Blessings to you & yours

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  4. WHAT a gorgeous setting for a wedding. I love how you echoed the garlanded arch (well, square arch I guess) in the snowflake.

    Washington and Oregon are fascinating states - I would love to go back and explore them too. (Haven't been since I was a pre-teen.)

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  5. Beautiful snowflake, gorgeous sunset. The view for weddings is outstanding. one I'd consider if I ever decide to marry again. Meanwhile, I'm happy with the husband I've got. :))

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  6. Magical photos! Particularly the sunset. How peaceful. Hmmm... I guess you and Mrs. Micawber will just have to come visit me! :) Bring Peanuts.

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  7. As a born-and-raised Seattleite, I love the theme of this snowflake! Thank you so much for your blog - I came across it when I needed something to do while hanging out in a hospital waiting room two years ago. My father-in-law had been in intensive care for about a month, so I taught myself how to thread crochet to pass the time. Everyone who came to visit him raved about how beautiful the snowflakes looked, and soon I was teaching a bunch of family members how to crochet in the hospital waiting room because they wanted to make snowflakes too. It was a great way to be together and it was nice to have something to do when you feel so helpless. Before he died, I showed him my very first snowflake that I made from your blog and he said it was beautiful. For a lot of the family, the snowflakes have become a symbol of that time, which is sad but also beautiful, because he was a wonderful person and we all came together to celebrate his life. I still make them and give them to people for Christmas. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift.

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