16 September 2019

Snowflake Monday


Can you stand one more anniversary this year??? A whole decade ago this week, I published my first snowflake pattern and first crochet pattern ever. Who knew it would last this long?!?

The best thing about my snowflakes is the fabulous friends I've made via this blog during the last ten years. Not all crochet. Not all quilt. Not all are photographers. Only a few rhyme. I've seen many blogs come and go during this decade of adventure. Last year, I wasn't sure I could keep going.

I don't know how much longer I will be able to keep going. But I do still have a few snowflake patterns up my sleeve. Actually, 48, to be precise. And I probably have about two zillion inspirations I've not adequately churned.

So we'll see what the future will bring. I hope we see it together. Thanks for hanging in there with me through my growth as a designer and pattern-writer.

Today's pattern is the prettiest one from my unpublished stash. I've been saving it for something special. This week's anniversary qualifies nicely.

This pattern was written on the first day of spring in 2012, just days before I wrecked my bike and my crocheting arm, along with my camera and my self-confidence. I went on to finish Ride the Rockies that June, but crocheting after the cast was removed hurt a whole lot until about August.

I forgot all about this snowflake until I started looking through my unpublished stash last month to see if anything stood out. I'm so happy I saved a special snowflake pattern for today, even though I didn't know I had!

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 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

Jubilee Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, * ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: * 1 sc in next dc, 2 sc in next ch 7 loop, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, 2 dc in same ch 7 loop, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc in same sp, sk next dc in ring (and dc forming ch 7 loop); repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 hdc in each of next 2 dc, 6 dc in next ch 7 loop, ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, 6 dc in same ch 7 loop, 1 hdc in each of next 2 dc (skipping dc forming ch 7 loop), 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, sk next 2 sc, 1 dc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of staring ch 2.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 hdc in each of next 2 dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of 2 dc, 6 dc in next ch 7 loop, ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, 6 dc in same loop, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc (skipping dc forming ch 7 loop), ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc in each of next 2 dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 hdc in each of next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 8 loop, [ch 3, 3 sc in same loop] 2 times, sk next 2 dc (and dc forming ch 7 loop), 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (sc picot made), ch 1, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 7 loop, 3 hdc in same loop, 2 dc in same loop, ch 2, sl st in top of dc just worked, 1 dc in same loop, 3 hdc in same loop, 3 sc in same loop, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc (skipping dc forming ch 7 loop), 1 hdc in next dc, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, sk next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 7 loop, [ch 3, 3 sc in same loop] 2 times, 1 hdc in each of next 2 dc (skipping dc forming ch 7 loop), 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from* around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.





11 September 2019

Never Forget

Today 343 firefighters from all over Colorado and surrounding states will climb the stairs twice in the building where I work in memory of the 110 flights of the World Trade Center. There are other Memorial Climbs all over the United States. They do this in memory of the firefighters who gave their lives that fateful September 11. But they also do it to symbolically and powerfully come together. Remember the days that followed in 2001??? We came together as a country, a world, a people. We showed love and compassion for one another. We grieved together. We were brothers and sisters. We still are.

We need to be that way again.

10 September 2019

Tight Squeeze


How much can you cram into one four-day weekend???






An early morning sunrise hike...






The airport...


The mall...


Homecoming dress shopping...


Indoor skydiving...




Torchy's...


State park drive-by...


Temple drive-by (because it is closed for renovations for one more month)...


A baptism...


Pasta...


Hot air balloons...






Church...


Hotel wildlife...


Air Force Academy...




Garden of the Gods for half of us...




And back to DIA for the other half...


A balloon glow gone bad...


Family...


More balloons...






More family...


Selfies...






A peaceful sunset...


And now I have to go back to the daily grind?!?





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