20 February 2019

Wordless Wednesday

















19 February 2019

January Joy


January got away from me before I was able to share some of the sweet treats in my indoor garden. February is bringing a few new simple pleasures, so I'll combine the two months and show you how beautiful our indoor winter has been so far.

























































Simply Gorgeous





18 February 2019

Snowflake Monday


Another red flake for Layla. I was running out of ideas without inspiration and trying to stay off my phone. Wasn't too sure I liked this one when I made it, but it's beginning to grow on me.

I wondered what it would look like in yarn, so I pulled out a skein of sparkly stuff I bought in California several years ago during a November visit to my parents. My mom isn't happy unless she takes me to all the craft stores when I visit, even though I keep telling her I have enough stuff and really don't need any more! That's what moms are for, right?

I can't complain. I've found some awesome stuff in California that I've never seen in Colorado, including this Premier Spangle. I designed a snowflake pattern with this yarn the year after I got home with it but wasn't really happy with the stiffened flake back then, so the yarn has been collecting dust all these years.


It was fun looking up the yarn in Ravelry to see what others have done with Spangle because some crocheters have made snowflakes from my patterns with this stuff!!!

I decided to try the Spangle again with today's pattern because I wanted a snowflake mug rug for work to replace the flimsy cardboard logo coaster I've been using for years and years and years.

As I was working up the mug rug, I fell in love with the yarn all over again. I was thinking how perfect this particular motif would be in multiples as a scarf! I might try to do that as soon as I can find a couple more skeins (or perhaps just one more skein that harmonizes nicely with the two different-colored skeins I already have).

I snapped a photo of the mug rug before I soaked it in Mod Podge so you can see the softness and sparkle of the unstiffened motif.


Now that it's stiffened and ready for my desk at work, I'm happy it retained some of the sparkle. This stuff isn't too bad if you don't over-stiffen it.






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: 3.5 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


Chinook Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [3 sc in ring, ch 7] 5 times; 3 sc in ring, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 7 loop of Round. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: 3 sc over post of tr directly below, [ch 5, 5 sc in next ch 7 loop] 5 times; ch 5, 2 sc in next ch 7 loop; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: 1 sc in same sc as sl st, [ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in middle sc of next 5/sc group] 6 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting 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: Sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, [ch 5, sk over next 3 sc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp] 5 times; ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, [3 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc] 6 times, omitting last 3 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

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