01 April 2013

Snowflake Monday

Mount of the Holy Cross

"There is a mountain in the distant West
That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines
Displays a cross of snow upon its side."
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Cross of Snow”


Today being the memorable day it is, I couldn't resist pulling this snowflake-flavored little prank. April Fool's Day won't fall on a Monday again until 2019, and heaven only knows if I'll still be making snowflakes every week then.

Did you know April 1 also is International Tatting Day, Sorry Charlie Day, St. Stupid Day, Tater Day and US Air Force Academy Day?

Today's snowflake is named after an unofficially named peak in the Holy Cross Wilderness, which also makes this particular mountain appropriate following the religious significance of yesterday.

(Erosion has now diminished the appearance of a snowy cross on the east face of Mount of the Holy Cross, but the springtime cross was highly visible in the 1800s, and tourists came from across the country and around the world to view the cross in its heyday.)

The nearest summit to 12,953-foot Fools Peak is called Gold Dust Peak, to me symbolizing treasures perhaps await those willing to conquer what might seem nothing more than silliness.

Although I was unable to determine how Fool's Peak received such a name, I suspect unfulfilled dreams of miners, magnified by the difficult terrain of the mountain, played an important role. Early in the 19th century, one homesteader of the picturesque basin at the foot of Fool's Peak called the area Skyland. Too bad the name didn't stick. But then we wouldn't have a humorous name for today's snowflake, would we?

Much gratitude goes out to The Lizard for covering for me during the last five weeks while I was piecing, basting and quilting on deadline, trying to get my book "Heels Over Head" e-published, and sweating and stressing over tax deadlines. Oh, and making baskets...

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!

Fool's Peak Snowflake

Finished Size: 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, 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

Special Stitches
Starting Cluster: Ch 2, [yo and draw up loop, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and bring through all 3 loops on hook.
Cluster: [Yo and draw up loop, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and bring through all 4 loops on hook.

Fool's Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in ring, * ch 5, 2 sc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 2, 1 dc in starting sc to form final ch 5 loop of round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Starting cluster in loop space just made, ch 7, * dc cluster in next ch 5 loop, ch 7; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting cluster.

Round 3: Starting cluster in same cluster, ch 9, * dc cluster in top of next cluster, ch 9; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting cluster.
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 4: Starting cluster in same cluster, ch 11, * dc cluster in top of next cluster, ch 11; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting cluster.

Round 5: Starting cluster in same cluster, * ch 3, sl st in top of cluster just made (picot made), [ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times, cluster over 3 ch spaces below, [ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times, cluster in top of next cluster; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last cluster of final repeat; sl st in top of starting cluster; 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.

Fool's Peak Snowflake Rock

10 comments:

  1. Another great one, talented indeed and that mountain shot is awesome too.

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    1. Why thank you, Pat! I hope to get back to that mountain one day...

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  2. This is such a pretty one ... very appropriate too.

    Amazing mountain photo! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Again, I'd love to spend more time in the Holy Cross Wilderness. The names of the features there are as inspirational as the views.

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  3. I just came across your blog - and I'm OBSESSED! I love all of the snowflake patterns. I am having a winter wedding, January, 2016, and am making pretty much every one of your snowflakes to use as centerpiece/coverings on the tables for the reception. Thank you SO much!!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! Congratulations! What a beautiful idea! I hope you will share photos before and after! (Snowflakes, whether in progress or done, make me drool!)

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    2. Oh I will! I LOVE that you have provided a directory. I just completed my 4th of your beautiful snowflakes. I plan on making as many as I can, all of them different of course. This is such a great find and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you fueling my creative-wedding dreams. (Although the Fiance thinks I'm insane. ;) )

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    3. If you didn't have as much time as you have, Erin, I might think you were crazy to spend so much pre-wedding time making tiny things. But I know how much joy making them brings me, so I know it must be doing the same thing for you. Good luck!

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