18 February 2013

Snowflake Monday

Kokopelli Sunset

When I first saw this particular thread colorway, perhaps years ago in Hobby Lobby, I didn't like it. It's rare for me to walk away from multi-colored thread!

The Lizard accompanied me on a thread-shopping trip last fall, and he fell hard for this particular colorway, called Aspen. So I bought some.

He approved of my idea to make "manly" flakes with what I considered a masculine colorway. We spent Thanksgiving weekend in Grand Junction and did a bit of mountain biking near Loma. It was my first time on single track since… Well, I can't remember when I last rode The Lizard's Green Queen on single track. (Yes, he names each of his bikes.)

I had to walk the bike a lot, but I did navigate three different short, beginner trails while The Lizard rode advanced and technical big loops averaging up to 35 miles per day. Of course, this means I finished long before him each day, and I made "manly" snowflakes while I waited for him at the trailhead.

mountain biking outside of Loma

Horsethief Bench

Loma desert color

juniper blue

The Green Queen

overlooking the Colorado River

The Lizard commented this thread colorway matches the desert, even though the colorway is named for a mountain town known for radiant aspens in autumn. This colorway features the off-white of desert rocks and mountain bike trails, the brown of sand, sage green so prevalent in the desert, the blue-gray of juniper berries and limestone and the minty green of the collared lizard. My Lizard even gave this set of snowflakes a group name of their own: Manflakes!

Loma, Colorado, is the start (or end, depending upon which way you travel) of the 140-mile Kokopelli Trail stretching across the desert and often hugging the Colorado River all the way to Moab, Utah. Average cyclists better than me can ride the entire trail in five to six days, but some super cyclists do it in a day. Whew! The Lizard hopes to be counted among that number one day. (!!!)

I designed five "Manflakes" in Loma last Thanksgiving. As a special treat, The Lizard will be presenting the rest of this family of snowflakes in the next four weeks of Snowflake Mondays, along with photos and commentary on the trails from which the snowflake names are taken.

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!

Snowflake Stockings

Loma Snowflake

Finished Size: 4.5 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

Loma Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 8, sl st in top of dc just made, * 3 dc in ring, ch 8, sl st in top of dc just made; repeat from * around 3 times; 3 dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3, ch 3, 1 dtr in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form final ch 8 loop. Do not pull magic ring too tight.
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 2: 1 sc in loop just made, * ch 12, sl st in 7th ch from hook, ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 8 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc. (To keep the ch 8 loops open on the rock, I worked 5 sc instead 1 of in each loop.)

Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 6 dc in next ch 6 loop, [ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made, 3 dc in ring] twice, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made, 6 dc in ring, ch 3, 1 dc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc and ch 3 of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6; 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.

nice and warm

cold and shivery


  1. Lovely snowflake! I have that thread! I love the color of it!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Now you have to share what you've made with YOUR Aspen!

  2. Fantastic shots that really match the cute snowflake :)

  3. The Goatmother is aiming for hair like on that little metal biker statue. :) Can't you just picture it?

    1. Marigold, I wish you could see how hard you made The Lizard laugh with that comment! Thanks for making his whole week!

  4. Fantastic photos again and the colorway is 100 % perfect.

  5. Yes, a perfect colourway. And the flake is somehow cycling-ish ... can't put my finger on it but it makes me think of sprockets or some of the creative spoke arrangements you see on those really expensive funky wheels. Very manly!

    The one photo of Brett negotiating the rocky curve reminds me very much of a trail we off-roaded in California (in a Jeep pickup). Technical was the very word - more boulder than trail, and I had to get out and spot Mr. M several times as he picked his way over the rocks. It was a ton of fun, but I don't think I could face it on a bike. :)

    Love the dusty blue of the juniper berries, and that shot of the placid river winding around the bluff.

    1. Thanks, Sue! I was indeed trying to use boyish things as inspirations for all five of the snowflakes in this series. I tried to capture the essence of sprockets, cassettes, pedals, stirrups, lassoes, saddles, blacksmithing tools and bike tools in their creation. I had to make them look like "manflakes." :)

      I think The Lizard is going to detail in a future post how the interpretive trail designed to teach beginners how to maneuver difficult things like ledges teach me to avoid difficult things like ledges!

  6. I love the photos of GJ mountain biking in shorts! We get to visit that area and further west in a few weeks... I am anxiously looking forward to it!


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