22 August 2011

Snowflake Monday

Ojos de Dios Snowflakes
Twenty days before this year's ride up Pikes Peak, I learned the 7.5-hour time limit has been shortened by an hour. Instead of trying to be 15 minutes faster this year, I now must be 75 minutes faster.

I was hit with a tremendous wave of discouragement and sadness. So I made a snowflake. And then I made a bunch more. In many colors. As I've said many times before, color just makes me happy.

This snowflake is perfect for variegated thread because it shows off spirals of color so effectively. I was going to name it my Spirals of Hope Snowflake until I hung a bunch of finished flakes in my window. The shape reminded me of the Ojos de Dios I made while growing up in New Mexico. I decided that would be a much cooler name, as well as more symbolic.

When I showed the prototype snowflake to The Lizard, his first comment was, "It looks like a turtle!"

Fitting. I am as slow as a turtle.

Nevertheless, the tiny bubble of hope that found a way past my fears and doubts is continuing to grow, and I'm going to do my best to reach the summit of Pikes Peak this coming weekend. A turquoise version of this snowflake will be right there with me.

Ojo de Dios, or Eye of God, is the name of yarn and stick creations made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico and Aymara Indians of Bolivia. Two dowel-like long sticks (or Popsicle sticks if you are a grade school student in New Mexico) are tied together in the form of an X or cross, and yarn is wrapped around the sticks from the center out, forming a diamond design. The Native American custom of hanging these colorful creations above the fields or sleeping areas was thought to ward off evil spirits while allowing God to watch over the crops and the sleeping people.

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!

Ojos de Dios Snowflakes
hand-dyed Ojo de Dios Snowflake
Finished Size: 3.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 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

Ojo de Dios Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring, sl st in starting sc. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: *3 sc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc; repeat from * around 5 times. You do not have to join rounds on this snowflake until Round 7, but do mark the start so you will know where to begin the next round without having to count stitches repeatedly.

Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * around 5 times.
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: *Sk next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 2; repeat from * around 5 times.

Round 5: *Sk next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * around 5 times.

Round 6: *Sk next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 4; repeat from * around 5 times.

Round 7: *Sk next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 5; repeat from * around 5 times; sk starting sc; sl st in next sc.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *3 dc in next sc, ch 5, sl st in top of 3rd dc (picot made), 2 dc in same sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 4, sk next sc, 1 dc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with ch 4 and omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in starting 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.

Ojos de Dios Snowflakes


  1. Veeeery nice and color makes anyone happy ♥.

    I wish you luck with Pikes Peak, dont´t give up, just go on....

  2. Very nice. Lots of colours!! I hope that made for lots of happy! :') You can do it!!!

  3. I'm conjuring up a gale-force tailwind and zinging it right at your back for the duration of the climb. That's all I've got, my friend. In persisting, in determining to do this thing- you've done more than most people will ever, ever attempt. You have my utmost respect today, just as you are, for WHO you are. Everything else is icing on the cake. Climb well, climb strong.

    *Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.*

  4. Lovely... & all the best with your next race...

  5. I like these multi-color snowflakes! maybe is they fell like this once in awhile I wouldn't hate snow so much?? eh? No... LOL. Good luck at Pikes Peak, I know you will do the best you can, and that is all that needs to be done!

  6. Love all those cheerful colours, and the kind of flowery look in the center of the snowflake.

    I visited the Assault on the Peak website and found it ironic that they kept referring to it as a "Fun Ride". (It seems pretty serious to me.)

    If the wishes and hopes of your friends had any power, you'd be up that mountain in no time flat. I can't even begin to tell you how I admire your courage and determination. We're all behind you on this.

  7. Hi! I am new to this site. I love, love, LOVE all the different patterns for snowflakes available. Such imagination and talent!! I especially like this Ojo de Dios and I plan to make a bunch of them to include in Christmas cards this season. As I was reading over the directions, however, I came across the term "Magic Ring." What exactly is this, as it is referred to in almost every pattern, often several times?
    I hope your ride up the mountain was a success for you, whatever that might have entailed...

  8. Hi, Kristi, and welcome! I'm on the road to another bike ride and am losing signal fast, so I'm trying to type fast. Do a search for magic ring crochet on YouTube if you are able, and you'll never use a chain ring start to a circular project again. It's very easy once you see it being done. Good luck. I'll post a link to a tutorial here when I have Internet access again if you still need help.

  9. OOOh my goodness!! How slick is that!! Your're right--I won't ever use a chain again!!

  10. Sorry it took so long, but here is a link to one magic ring YouTube tutorial. There are many more available now, including left-handed versions.


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