23 May 2011

Snowflake Monday

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
This coming weekend, I'm moving my blog to self-hosted space. Hopefully, if I've coded everything properly, the transition will be smooth, and no one will notice the difference.

However, it is entirely possible the migration could take up to 72 hours, and I think that means visitors could be treated to "Error 404 Not Found" or "This page does not exist." It is possible we may experience burps and regurgitation along the way. It is possible I may have entered something improperly, and it's possible I may have misunderstood directions or someone may have misdirected me.

If something does go wrong, please know we are working tirelessly and diligently to correct the problem. I'm not going anywhere; I'm just putting on my big girl pants. I don't intend to give up my blog, stop photographing and writing, permanently park my bicycle or quit designing snowflake patterns.

I have a snowflake ready for next Monday, which is a holiday here in the U.S. But I've never migrated a blog before, so I don't know what will happen when my first post to the new home gets published. So, fingers crossed, prayers said, all systems go. I'll do everything I can to be up and running as normal on May 30.

In honor of this frightening first baby step, I've named this snowflake Transitions. It symbolizes all the background work and preparation going into what I hope will be a smooth process and just another day in paradise...

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!

Transitions Snowflake
Finished Size: 6.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Transitions Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Do not pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: 1 sc in same sc as sl st, *ch 10, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, 1 trtr in starting sc (ch 5 and trtr counts as final ch 10).

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over trtr post, *ch 8, 4 dc in next ch 10 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 4, 1 dtr in2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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 dtr post, *ch 6, 2 dc in middle of next 4/dc group, ch 6, 2 dc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 2 dc in middle of next 4/dc group, ch 6, 2 dc in same sp as starting dc, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of last dc of Round 4, *1 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 hdc in next ch 6 sp, 2 sc in same sp, ch 14, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, 2 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 2 st, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, [yo and draw up loop in 3rd ch from hook, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (3 dc cluster made), ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, sl st in top of 3 dc cluster, ch 3, 3 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc in same ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times ending with last 3dc cluster on 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.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. 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.

a new beginning


  1. I am sure, everything will be ok and no reader would mind of minor difficulties...

    A stunning pic, again.

  2. I've changed blog-hostings a number of times now. Mostly - it's gone quite smoothly. Wishing you luck with yours..and what a perfect name for the beautiful snowflake!!!

  3. That is just beautiful snowflakes and photos!

  4. Good luck Deborah! I hope all goes well, with minimum hiccups!
    (will you archive the previous posts in your new location?)

  5. Thank you, everyone!

    Anna, I've been trying to make backups of everything, just in case, but I've been told the links shouldn't change. Everything should be the same. Fingers crossed...

  6. Man, I realized I totally forgot about Snowflake Monday until I saw it on Rav. The sunrise (sunset?) shot is seriously beautiful.

    I hope your move goes well!

  7. That's a great photo, your pattern was easy to follow, too. It's ready to be pinned to dry - and next year we'll be enjoying it on our tree, thanks! ... Mattenylou from the 'ville..

  8. Good luck with the transition...if anything happens I'll keep looking for you LOL!!! By the way, I love the color and design of your latest snowflake. Fantastic!! Cheers! ~M

  9. Wow. You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din (Kipling). Good luck and hats off to you! (Or should that be helmets off?) I can't even begin to imagine how to self-host.

    Great quote of the day too.

    Ditto to all the compliments above on the snowflake and the stunning opening shot!

  10. Transition it is! That opening photo is breathtaking. I had to sit and just inhale it for a few moments. And then do it again.

  11. How on earth did I miss THIS one?! It's beautiful!


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