11 August 2014

Snowflake Monday

Mount Sneffels Snowflake Rock

Back when I still had time to make at least one snowflake rock a week for my garden, I decided to make four rocks from my Mount Sneffels Snowflake, one ending on each round of the snowflake pattern.

The first Mount Sneffels Snowflake rock inspired this pattern.

Now that we've finished all but one of our charity bicycle rides for the year, we can spend more time hiking, photographing wildflowers (or, soon, autumn leaves) and climbing a mountain or two, I hope.

Mount Sneffels is one I hope to climb, perhaps not this year, but definitely a goal. This is The Lizard's favorite peak. He has climbed it and skied it. Yet one landmark on the peak has not seen his feet. 13,694-foot Kismet, a subpeak, might be easy for him to scale while I slowly make my way up the classic route on Sneffels. Kismet also is one of The Lizard's favorite peak names.

Kismet as a word means destiny or a predetermined course of events, but it also is the name of an Australian rock band, a 1911 play made into a movie five times, tiny towns in New York, California and Kansas, and a Finnish chocolate bar! I was not successful in my attempt to discover how the name Kismet landed upon the east ridge of Mount Sneffels.

Because this snowflake was inspired by a rock, and Kismet is a whale of a big rock, the name perfectly suits this snowflake.

Kismet and Mount Sneffels

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!

Kismet Snowflake

Finished Size: 4.5 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

Kismet Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 5, * 3 dc in ring, ch 5; repeat from * 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 2: * 3 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 19, sl st in 9th ch from hook, ch 2, sk 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, 3 sc in same ch 5 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.

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.

To test this pattern, I made another snowflake in white for my special project!

Kismet Snowflake

6 comments :

  1. That is sure a challenge indeed I bet, climbing that and skiing it too, hopefully he'll get the last peak.

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  2. Peace be with you too! Enjoy your day.

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  3. A very properly rocky-looking snowflake! It suits the name.

    Wow, you've surpassed the 1000-mile mark - good work in this hectic year! And the 4-million mark is getting closer by leaps and bounds.... :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I don't know if I'll hit the 2,000-mile mark this year, but I do feel like training is going well, even though I can't ride as often as I'd like. I did my challenging Loop C yesterday for the first time in more than a year and a half, and I climbed the steep grades! I'm so excited!

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