06 August 2012

Snowflake Monday

Mount Evans Lookout
Mount Evans is a great training ride for cyclists (as long as they have tough rims), an awesome training climb for runners, a wonderful place to see wildlife and the quintessential drive for tourists wanting to see the summit of a 14er without the huffing and puffing required to climb it.

That's because a paved road goes almost all the way to the top. The Mount Evans Road is the highest paved road in North America and the second most popular tourist attraction in the Denver metro area. (Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, ranks at the top of the list.)

the edge

big training day

first ascent of the year

thin air training


Elk on Mount Evans

Run, Run, Run!

We are Family
Mount Evans wasn't always named after the second governor of the state of Colorado. The mountain started out as a girl, named Mount Rosalie by Albert Bierstadt in 1863, during what may have been the first ascent by a white man, in honor of the tallest peak in Switzerland but also as a token of admiration for the wife of Fitzhugh Ludlow, Rosalie, whom Bierstadt would later marry. (Yes, scandalous!) The Colorado legislature changed the name of the 14er closest to Denver in 1895.

Mount Evans is connected via a jagged ridge called the Sawtooth to another 14er, Mount Bierstadt. How fitting that Bierstadt and Rosalie once were connected by a serrated line. The name Rosalie now graces a subpeak of Mount Evans, a rounded and lofty hill gazing directly across Abyss Lake at Mount Bierstadt.

The ten-year construction of the now buckled and potholed paved road up Mount Evans was completed in 1927. The Ritchey-Chrétien telescope atop Mount Evans has been used to study Comets Kohoutek and Halley. Meyer-Womble Observatory was the highest optical observatory until 2001. Now it is third highest.

On July 30, 2012, a tornado nearly touched ground at approximately 11,800 feet on the slopes of Mount Evans, the second highest tornado known to man. Katie T. captured it on video. Check out the storm-accompanying hail on the ground! (The video I initially liked to in 2012 is no longer available, but the news report of the event is!)

I planned to make only one project for the 2012 Ravellenics, but after a week solid of working on my Lanesplitter skirt, I was missing my thread! Plus, I had to cover another river rock for my garden to keep one streak alive. (I've made a snowflake for a rock every week this summer except while I was pedaling across the state, and I made two the week before and two the week after to make up for it.)

Lace LongjumpHome Stuff Hammerthrow
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!

Mount Evans Snowflake
Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 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

Mount Evans Snowflake Instructions

Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: * 2 sc in ring, ch 10, sl st in 10th ch from hook; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting sc, ch 4, trtr in starting sc to form last ch 10 loop. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
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Round 2: 3 sc over trtr just worked, * ch 13, sl st in 10th ch from hook, ch 3, 5 sc in next ch 10 loop; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 13, sl st in 10th ch from hook, ch 3, 2 sc in next loop, sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: 1 sc in same sc as sl st, * ch 4, 11 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd sc of next 5 sc group; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * Ch 4, sk next dc, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 8 times, 1 dc in next dc, ch 4, sl st in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in same sc as final sl st of Round 3.

Round 5: Ch 5, sk next dc, [1 dc in next dc, ch 3] 6 times, 1 dc in next dc, ch 5, sl st in next sl st; repeat from * around 5 times; 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.

Mount Evans Snowflake Rock

my rock garden


  1. Good Monday Morning! As usual for a Monday first place I headed was here and I was not disappointed. I love this little flake and the stone is wonderful too. I need to update my blog and show you what I made yesterday. A snowflake that I started from someone else's design and just didn't like the way it was headed so I finished the last 3 rounds my own way! And I need to share the couple of stones I have covered thanks to your pictures. Love this site, love your designs!

    1. Thanks, Brenda! I can't wait to see your own interpretation of someone else's design! You may end up being a designer! Can't wait to see your stone photos, too!

  2. I never tire of looking at your beautiful photos!

  3. Thanks for the snowrflakes, especially this one- it's a beauty!

    I also appreciate seeing the landscape of your part of the country. I live in western North Carolina, and while we have mountains, and they are beautiful, they are totally different from the beautiful mountains there.


    Kim in NC

    1. Thanks, Kim! I love our mountains. Love sharing them, too!

  4. Ah,the *dangerous* mountain goats. :) What a beautiful shot with the clear blue beyond...and the babies. Aren't goat babies cute? :) Your snowflake is an awesome blue, by the way - like the sky!

    1. I could watch the baby animals all day. Doesn't really matter what variety. As long as I have a camera... :)

  5. Beautiful snowflake....just beautiful. Breathtaking photos.....I like the "We are family" one...and pretty soon your yard will be the most desired with all those crochet covered rocks!

    1. Thanks, Maria! That's the goal... I want my yard to be the knockout of the neighborhood.

  6. Lovely photos and snowflake ♥

  7. It's even more gorgeous (if that were possible) wrapped around a rock! And so many incredible photos in this post. :)

    Seriously, Coors Field is more popular than this? What's wrong with those tourists?!?

    1. I was shocked to find out it was Coors Field. I figured it would be the Mint or maybe even Pikes Peak. But I'm a Rockies fan, too, so I can't complain too much.

  8. I was smiling before I got to the final photo, thanks for sharing how the lizard is doing


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