04 February 2013

Snowflake Monday

NOTE: This year's fund-raising has concluded; a new donation page (and snowflake pattern booklet!) will be available in about December.

hibiscus

Today's snowflake was inspired by the hibiscus colorway by Sara's Colorwave Yarn, and hibiscus seems like a pretty good name. I tested the pattern with a Lizbeth colorway, raspberry frappe, very similar to my own hibiscus in my backyard each summer.

This pattern is featured in this year's snowflake pattern booklet benefiting the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The 25-pattern booklet includes my turtleflake pattern (of which I provided a sneak peak last Wednesday), 16 of my personal favorite Snowflake Monday patterns previously published here on my blog but not included in the previous two pattern booklets, and seven brand new two-color snowflake patterns I am not planning to publish anywhere else. Today's pattern is a sneak taste of the seven new patterns, five of which are featured on the booklet cover.

I Dream in Sixes

To obtain a copy of the PDF booklet, please make a tax-deductible contribution either in my husband's name or my name. Each time a contribution is made, the NMSS notifies us, and then I send the PDF to the email address provided to the NMSS at the time of donation.

We both try to check our email accounts each day, but please don't be alarmed if you do not receive an immediate response. Sometimes we have no internet signal, sometimes during the workday we are unable to do personal things, and every once in a while (about twice each year in the past), the NMSS email notification system burps and doesn't get through. If you do not hear from us within three days after making a donation, please contact me at the email address in the sidebar to the right.

We do not make one penny from doing this. All donations go directly to the NMSS, which helps people afflicted with multiple sclerosis. These donations enable us to ride in the annual MS-150 (now called BikeMS) in June. Each rider must raise at least $400 just to participate. We pay our own registration fees, we pay our own way to get to and from the ride, and we pay all our own expenses associated with participating in the event. None of the money donated is given to us.

We provide this booklet to donors as a special way of thanking them because this is a tough economy for both donors and us. Without this fund-raiser, we probably would not be able to raise enough money, and we'd have to pay the required donation amount out of our own pockets. OUCH.

This is only one of several charitable causes we support throughout the year. This one is near and dear to our hearts because two of my co-workers battle multiple sclerosis and two of my husband's family members are afflicted with MS. We also have a number of friends who have relatives with MS. Colorado has the highest concentration of people with multiple sclerosis in the country. We hope to one day see an end to the devastating effects of this horrible disease. We're trying to do our part to bring that about.

5 NOV 2013 UPDATE: I'm now registered for next year's ride. My new fund-raising page is located here.

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!

Hibiscus Snowflake

Finished Size: 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter (I did not glitter this flake), small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Hibiscus Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: With main color, 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Don’t pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: 1 sc in same st as sl st, ch 1, 1 dc in next st, ch 1, *1 sc in next st, ch 1, 1 dc in next st, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 6 points; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: Ch 1 (does not count as anything), 1 hdc in next ch 1 sp; 1 dc in next dc, 1 tr in same st, 1 dc in same st, 1 hdc in next ch 1 sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting hdc.

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in same hdc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in next tr, ch 1, 1 tr in same st, ch 1, 1 dc in same st, 1 hdc in next dc, *1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in next tr, ch 1, 1 tr in same st, ch 1, 1 dc in same st, 1 hdc in next dc; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next hdc; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 5: With contrast color, 1 sc in any hdc on left side of point, *[yo and draw up loop through sc on Round 2 below, yo and bring through 2 loops] 3 times, yo and bring through all 4 loops on hook (drop cluster made), 1 sc in next hdc, 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, 3 sc in next tr, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in next hdc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc instead of final sc of final repeat; bind off.
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 6: With main color, 1 sc in any 2nd sc after drop cluster, 1 sc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, ch 1, 1 tr in same st, ch 1, 1 dc in same st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, sk next sc, drop cluster and sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc instead of last 2 sc of final repeat.

Round 7: *1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next hdc, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in next ch 1 sp, 2 dc in next tr, ch 3, 2 dc in same tr, 1 hdc in next ch 1 sp, 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in next hdc, 1 sc in next sc, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 8: With contrast color, 1 sc in any middle sc on left side of point, *1 drop cluster into space above drop cluster below, 1 sc in next middle sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next hdc, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 1 sc in next hdc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc instead of last sc of final repeat; 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.

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.

Hibiscus Snowflake

28 comments:

  1. I read your blog post before checking my email and was going to comment about how I am so looking forward to receiving this year's booklet Deborah... then I checked my email and discovered it's already there! Thank you thank you! Joy and excitement- what a great way to start a Monday! continued love and prayers dear one!

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    1. Thank you, Cara! You were one of my first donors when I first started our very own team, before I'd ever started the booklet, so thank you for being so patient while I got this labor of love done!

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  2. These are cool. Wonder if I could figure out how to make a granny square with one of these as the center... food for thought!

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    1. Thanks, Marigold!!! Guess what... there's a snowflake inside a square in this booklet!!! (See, I anticipated your need before you even expressed it! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!) (Actually, if I had anticipated your need, I would have sent a bag of peanuts, huh?)

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  3. Is it possible to get all three booklets with three separate donations, or could I just give one large donation and get all three? I love your patterns very much.

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous! And yes, you can get all three booklets. Anytime someone makes more than the standard donation, I offer the previous year's booklets if they haven't already received them. So you may do it with one donation, and thank you so much for even thinking about it!

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  4. Just donated! I do it in Brett's name, again. So glad to hear you are riding again. All my best! Craftknowitall.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I hope you enjoy the booklet!

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  5. So glad to hear you are back riding. Love you. I needed a doily for a craft project so I am tatting one. IF you want a tatted snowflake, let me know. Love, Craftknowitall

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    1. A tatted snowflake?!? I think I'd be in heaven! I wish you lived closed enough to teach me, Susan...

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  6. Stunning beauty on a Monday morn, but it's just as lovely at nearly midnight!

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    1. Cranking out the midnight oil, eh, Karen??? :) Thanks!

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  7. Oh gosh, what gorgeous colorways.

    I love the creative cover to your book - turtles and floating snowflakes! Good luck with the fundraising. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I approved your comment from my phone, and I tossed and turned that night wondering what in the heck colorways you were talking about! Because I'm usually a week ahead on snowflakes, and the one for this week doesn't have as many colorways. duh...

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  8. you've been shared on my blog Deborah! love and prayers as always
    http://carascrochet.weebly.com/1/post/2013/04/sisters-in-thread-crochet-thursday.html

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    1. Thanks, Cara! That was a beautiful write-up!

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  9. Hi me again Deborah... I dips me hat to you & Mr Lizard as you embark on another grueling bike ride for MS, come June... I'm thinking you would be madly training even now, this w/e, so I don't expect to hear from you yet. I am looking forward to your gorgeous looking SnowFlake book for this year... they are always such a pleasure to have, peruse n work with... Thank You & All the very best & I do hope your affected family & work-colleagues are coping with their pain... fingers crossed for a cure or some relief soon... Bethel

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    1. Thank you so much, Bethel, for your loyal support every year! I hope you enjoy this year's patterns!

      My husband's family members with MS are coping as best they can; work colleages too. I, too, hope a cure is found soon. For MS and for many things ailing the world...

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  10. how much do you consider someone has to donate to be sent a booklet?

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  11. Hi I have sponsored you in the past to get my hands on your great booklet. I was wondering what you were asking this year for us to be in the running to receive the booklet of snowflakes. I know it would be a certain amount as you can not expect to get it free but with things as they are i need to know what the least amount would be.

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    1. Hi, Lillibetfairies, and thank you for your support in the past! I appreciate it!

      I believe the new MS-150 site doesn't have the $10 minimum anymore. I believe you may donate whatever you wish.

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  12. Hello Snowcatcher.

    A little bit harder to donate right this year, but I finally got it right now I hope.
    It was more fun the last years, when we could see that we donated directly to you.

    I wish you will Reach Your goal this year too.

    Best wishes from Norway, Marianne

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    1. Thank you, Marianne, for helping out again! I appreciate your kindness.

      I'll be at girls camp this week, and then the MS-150 is this weekend. After I get back to a computer, I may try to build something to show the progress, because I miss that little thermometer, too! On the bright side, the new MS website is so much easier to access. I used to be unable to access it from home, and now I can. But we'll have no computers at camp this week...

      Thanks again, Marianne!

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  13. Being a newbie to the crochet world(2mos, self taught) & lover of snowflakes, just want to say a BIG thank you for all of these wonderful patterns. My one of many problems, I want to make the Oh Be Joyful flake but when I bring up the pattern it gives the Hibiscus flake directions, what am I doing wrong & how can I get the right pattern? Love your work & aspire to be half as good as you someday. Practice, practice, practice. Again, thanks a million, Ilene

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    1. Hi, Ilene, and welcome to the wonderful passion of crochet! I hope you will get many years of enjoyment!

      You are not doing anything wrong. The Oh Be Joyful Snowflake is only in the booklet I put together to raise money for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. I try to do a few patterns in the booklet each year that are not on my blog so donors get something special no one else has. Oh Be Joyful is one of them!

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  14. I can not seem to get a donation input it will not recognise your name or the team name or your husband name so I am at a loss. I wanted 2012 booklet again and 2013 as my computer crashed with the 2012 booklet so I was going to make a double donation to get both but now i am stuck please hellllllpppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hi, Lilibetfairies, and thank you for trying! I appreciate your efforts!

      Apparently donations for this year have concluded, but they supposedly are going to open up our new donation pages for next year soon. I am sorry that I don't know when that will be.

      Please email me at snowcatcher at att dot net (with the symbols instead of the words, of course), and I'll work this out with you.

      Thank you again for trying! I so appreciate it!

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    2. PS: It sounds like your timing was extraordinary. The donation pages were still active this morning; and now nothing works! They did warn me three weeks ago they would be closing out their books for 2013 after September 30 this year; typically they have been closing out right after Thanksgiving, so this was a big shock!

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