21 May 2018

Snowflake Monday


I've been making a lot of little owls lately. I wanted to make one from each of the colors I dyed last year.

When it came time to make a snowflake, I thought it might be cute to incorporate some owls into the pattern. I did that once before six years ago... Twilight Peak Snowflake at the height of vampire movie popularity right around Halloween. Today's owl motif may be used as an applique or as a gift tag or as a jewelry charm.

I haven't run out of mountain names containing the word pyramid, but today's triangle-themed flake deserves to be named after its inspiration, which was the growing collection of colorful owls watching me crochet each day on the train.


After the prototype, which required quite a bit of frogging and reworking to make the six sides equal, I realized the motifs also could be smiley faces, bear faces, cat faces or even hearts. (And each of the motifs for each of those snowflake patterns are interchangeable with one another.) The below owlflake turned out pretty darned cute, but I had to perform a few more modifications to get the flakes that followed to lie flat without pooching in the center or extreme stretching during the pinning stage. That's why the pink one doesn't look exactly like the pattern.


I'm kind of hoping now I can come up with even more motifs for future flakes as I try to create another bevy of critters from my hand-dyed thread... Plus, those googly eyes are just so darned cute! Although when you order them 300 pairs at a time, you can end up with an odd set or two...


One of my co-workers the other day suggested we start publicizing our Christmas craft fair now so we crafters don't get caught at the last minute trying to make things in November for a pre-Thanksgiving event. I think today's snowflake pattern also is a great way to start stocking up for my annual Christmas gift to Children's Hospital (which I didn't get to do last year because elbow and neck pain kept me off the crochet hook for most of the year). I intend to make a personal visit to drop off my kid flakes again this year, and I expect the experience will brighten more Christmases than just my own.

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: 6.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two or more colors, size 7 crochet hook, optional beads, buttons, felt, embroidery thread, permanent marker or googly eyes for eyes, optional embroidery thread for beak and talons, 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

Owl Motif Instructions (Make 3.)

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring. Do not join on this or any Round for motif only. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12 sc.

Round 3: * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total; of 18 sc.
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: 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, to shape first ear, in next sc work 1 hdc, 1 dc, ch 2, sl st in top of dc, 1 dc and 1 hdc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, to shape second ear, in next sc work 1 hdc, 1 dc, ch 2, sl st in top of dc, 1 dc and 1 hdc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, [2 sc In next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc] 2 times, 1 sc in next sc, sl st in next sc; bind off. Weave in ends.


Owl Pyramid Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (beginning popcorn stitch made), [ch 2, 1 sc in bottom middle of owl motif and in each of next 11 st up side to ear picot, 1 sc in picot, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in same ear picot, 1 sc in each of 6 st across top of owl motif head, 1 sc in 2nd ear picot, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in same ear picot, 1 sc in each of next 11 st down side of body, ch 2, 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made),] 2 times; ch 2, work around 3rd owl motif same as 1st and 2nd owls, ch 2, sl st in top of starting popcorn st. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr and ch 3), [1 dc in 7th outline sc of next owl motif, ch 3, 3 dc in next ear picot, ch 3, 3 dc in same picot, ch 5, 3 dc in next ear picot, ch 3, 3 dc in same ear picot, ch 3, sk next 5 sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 3, 1 tr in top of next popcorn st] 3 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), [sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 sp (at ear), work 3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 3 dc; ch 7, in next ch 3 sp (at ear) work 3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 3 dc; ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next dc, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in next tr] 3 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
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 6 (counts as 1 tr and ch 3), [sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 sp (at ear) work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc, in ch 5 sp work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc, in next ch 3 sp work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc over both ch sp below, ch 3, at next ear, in each ch sp work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc, ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in next tr] 3 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6.

Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), [ [[(point sequence) sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 sp work 1 tr, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3 and 1 dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next gap between 3/dc shells, ch 5, in next ch 3 tip work 1 sc, ch 5, 1 hdc, ch 7, 1 dc, ch 9, 1 dc, ch 7, 1 hdc, ch 5 and 1 sc, ch 5, 1 sc in next gap between 3/dc shells, ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3 and 1 tr]], sk next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in next sc, repeat [[(point sequence)]] 1 time, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in next tr] 3 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; 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.

Apply eyes in desired manner. I glued googly eyes on with Elmer's Glue-All.

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.



17 May 2018

Catch a Wave


This project is not a quilting WIP, but boy, oh, boy, has it been sitting in the "to do" pile for quite a few years!

I bought this fabric on the Big Island in 2004 after winning a supposedly all-expenses paid trip at a singles dance. I keep promising to tell the tale of the trip that ended up costing a pretty penny, but it's yet another WIP I've not quite finished. One day...

Suffice it to say, I had to mail home my package of Hawaiian fabric because I didn't have room in my shoestring luggage!

Now that I don't have any quilt gift deadlines (other than my sister-in-law, whose birthday is this weekend, and I've already told her it will be a bit late, but it's almost done!!!), I have a little more time to work on things for me, such as my pile of dresses, all cut out and just waiting to be sewn. This was one of them.

On a lark, I decided after getting home from work late one night that one of the dresses in the stack needed to be done by the next morning so I could wear it to work. This one was super simple. I did modify the pattern a bit, cutting out pockets, because I don't carry a purse anymore. Crochet bag, yes. Purse, no. Pockets are so handy for phones, car keys and wallet.

The dress was done by 11 p.m. Lizard was already asleep; he has to be at work about four hours before me, so I didn't dare wake him. I thought perhaps I could get some photos of myself on the greenway the next morning before work by using the camera's self-timer. That way, I could show off my new dress with a few anti-selfies, and I also could show why I love to walk along the greenway before going to work each morning if I can.






I wasn't too sure I wanted to spend time on the greenway. I hadn't seen any wildlife the last three times I went. Wildlife is plentiful in winter, when most patrons are staying warm at home. The bike path sees much more traffic in good spring weather, both foot traffic and two-wheeled traffic. The foot traffic runs, splashes, and brings pets that like to chase anything that moves, and hands connected to foot owners like to throw rocks in the river.

But now I know the secret. Just wear a new dress, and vow to take pictures of it. Wildlife comes out of the woodwork (or perhaps the waterwork...) to pose and distract the photographer!!!










No, this isn't my new lens. This is the good, old point-and-shoot. Because it can do movies.


Dad and Mom

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

15 May 2018

Blooming Indoors


Each of the last few years, I've dreaded when my tulips began blooming because I knew the deer would eat them, often before I could even enjoy them.

So last year I began a new tradition, and this year, I followed suit. I've been clipping many of the tulips (and sometimes other flowers, too) to enjoy indoors.

This provides many hours of happiness and joy after the sun goes down in the evenings, plus, it gives me the opportunity to polish my indoor photography skills!









14 May 2018

Snowflake Monday


Today's snowflake is yet another pattern built upon a triangle, and it's small, so I decided it could share the name with my Dwarf Pyramid Snowflake.

The original Dwarf Pyramid Snowflake was designed to top the mini cakes I shared last Monday. Today's snowflake was spur-of-the-moment inspiration when I opened my newest package of Lizbeth thread. I'd ordered four balls of the new metallic thread the day I learned they were available, and even though the blues are more green than blue to me, I still couldn't wait to sink my crochet hook into that luscious thread!

I crocheted a snowflake within minutes of opening the package!


I enjoyed working with this new thread. It has a slight elasticity the Coats & Clark and Aunt Lydia metallics were missing. (I believe they've all been discontinued now.) I've never had the opportunity to try the Nazli Egyptian metallic, and my preferred method of adding metallic sparkle (other than beads) to my snowflakes was adding a strand of metallic sewing thread, which has more of a Saran Wrap texture than a metallic texture.

The new Lizbeth metallic thread holds its shape nicely and may not need to be stiffened. I stiffened one snowflake to see how it would look and feel, worried the stiffening might dull the pretty sparkle. You may judge for yourself if you think the flake looks better with or without.


unstiffened


stiffened

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: 2 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

Dwarf Pyramid II Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (beginning popcorn stitch made), [ch 5, 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made)] 2 times; ch 2, 1 tr in top of starting popcorn. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, ch 3, [[in next ch 5 sp work [1 dc, ch 3] 3 times, ch 3]] 2 times; 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.
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 dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * In next ch 3 sp work 1 sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc, in next ch 3 sp work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc, in next ch 3 sp work 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc; 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.

12 May 2018

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