13 February 2017

Heartflake Monday


If you ever in your crocheting thought your craft doesn't bring love and sunshine wherever you send it, particularly when you send it anonymously, please listen to this podcast at about 49 minutes. You don't even have to listen to the whole thing. Just listen from 49 minutes to 50:05 minutes.


No, I didn't send those snowflakes, but I know who did. I made the snowflakes, and I sold them. I didn't know until later what they were being used for, or I never would have accepted a penny for them.

Comedian Heather Snow was approved for bone marrow transplant and was scheduled to leave for that procedure on January 2. But she died on New Year's Eve.


A celebration of her life will take place this weekend, and more snowflakes were purchased to be auctioned off in benefit of Dear Jack, an organization that helps young adults with cancer. When I learned what the snowflakes were going to be used for, I tried to return the money. The buyer said simply I wasn't charging enough in the first place. So I'll be making a donation in Heather's name.

This is what the buyer did with the snowflakes to be auctioned.




Heather wanted to do a comedy show to raise money for Dear Jack, but her illness prevented her from completing this item on her bucket list. At the fundraiser this weekend, Love, Hope, Strength will be swabbing cheeks for guests interested in donating bone marrow. How's that for making a difference from beyond the grave?

There is some language in the link I'm about to share, but if you'd like to learn more about Heather, Westword wrote about her last weekend.

I didn't know Heather, and my husband and I have never been to a comedy club. But both of us love to do what we can to help others. It's the best kind of love there is.

I had been trying to figure out what to write today, with Valentine's Day being tomorrow, when I learned where my snowflakes were going.

This story might encompass more love than anything else I could have composed for today.

Oh, and this is my 500th written pattern.


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!

Finished Size: 7.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 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

Amore Snowframe Instructions

Ch 32, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook to form top heart point (picot made); ch 31. Taking care not to twist ch, sl st in starting ch.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 12 sc, [2 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch] 4 times, [yo and draw up loop through next ch, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 5 times (3rd repeat will be through sc of picot to form top point of heart), yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, [1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch] 4 times, 1 dc in each of next 13 ch; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form heart bottom point.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below,[ ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc] 11 times, [ch 1, 1 dc in next dc] 11 times, ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, [sk 1 dc, yo, draw up loop through next dc, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (dc dec made), ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, [ch 1, 1 dc in next dc] 11 times, [ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc] 11 times, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form bottom heart point.

Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 30), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, ch 5, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, [ch 5, sk next ch 1 sp, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp] 11 times, ch 5, sk next 2 ch 1 sp (and dc dec), 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, [ch 5, sk next ch 1 sp, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp] 11 times, ch 5, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form bottom heart point.
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: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over dc post directly below, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp] 2 times, ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work [1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] (shell made), [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp] 3 times, ch 5, shell in next ch 3 sp, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 4 times, shell in next ch 5 sp, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 4 times, shell in next ch 5 sp, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 4 times, shell in next ch 5 sp, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 3 times, ch 5, sk next cfh 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same ch as sl st, [ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 4, sk next 2 ch 5 sp, 1 dc in next sc, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sk next 2 ch 5 sp, 3 dc in middle dc of next shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same dc] 2 times, [ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sk next 2 ch 5 sp, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sk next 2 ch 5 sp, 3 dc in middle dc of next shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same dc] 2 times, [ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sk next 2 ch 5 sp, 1 dc in next sc, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sk next 2 ch 5 sp, 3 dc in middle dc of next shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same dc] 2 times, omitting last ch 3 and last 3 dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form bottom heart point.

Round 6: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * [ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 4, 1 sc in next dc picot] 2 times, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, 1 dc in n3xt ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (sc picot made), ch 4, 1 dc in same ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc and last ch 3 of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 5; bind off. Weave in ends.

I typically like to add my blog Easter eggs a few weeks or months after a snowflake pattern is released. But this one is applicable to tomorrow, so now you know, there are Easter eggs buried throughout my website! Here's a new favorite!


Amore Heart Frame Instructions

Ch 33, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook to form top heart point (picot made); ch 30. Taking care not to twist ch, sl st in starting ch.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 11 ch, [2 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch] 4 times, [yo and draw up loop through next ch, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 5 times (3rd repeat will be through sc of picot, holding picot pointing toward center of heart as you stitch through sc, to form top point of heart), yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, [1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch] 4 times, 1 dc in each of next 11 ch, 2 dc in next ch, 1 dc in same ch as sl st at start of Round, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form heart bottom point.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc in next dc, [ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc] 9 times, [ch 1, 1 dc in next dc] 7 times, [ch 1, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc] 2 times, [ch 1, 1 dc in next dc] 3 times, ch 1, [sk next dc, yo and draw up loop through next dc, yo and draw through 2 loop on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (dc dec made), ch 1, sk next dc, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 4 times, sk next dc, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc] 2 times, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 8 times, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 10 times, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form bottom point of heart.
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: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, [ch 5, sk next ch 1 sp, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp] 12 times, ch 5, sk next 2 ch 1 sp (top point of heart), [1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, sk next ch 1 sp] 10 times, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in bottom of heart tip, ch 5, 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

2 comments :

  1. Never knew her either, but that is great what she was doing and that others are now following in her footsteps. stupid cancer sucks every which way.

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  2. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing this. Your beautiful work could not have a more fitting purpose.

    ReplyDelete


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