15 December 2014

Snowflake Monday!!!

I have another "Frozen"-inspired amigurumi I'd planned to share today, but that was before I realized last Saturday was 12.13.14, the last Tic Tac Toe day for 29 years and a month. The next ascending sequential calendar day will be January 2, 2034, or 1.2.34, and then January 23, 2045 will ring in 01.23.45. Then April 5, 2067, May 6, 2078, June 7, 2089, will finish out the century. Doubt I'll be around for those last two or three.

Is your head spinning yet??? Purists don't count any of those dates because we here in America officially record our dates in double digits, MM.DD.YY. Across the pond (and for most genealogists), it's DD.MM.YY. Either way, it's a long, long wait for the next REAL ascending sequential calendar day.

Supposedly, many brides tied the knot last Saturday to mark what sticklers consider the last sequential calendar day until January 2, 2103, or 01.02.03. Remember when we did that back in 2003???

The Lizard and I celebrated Saturday's Tic Tac Toe with a marvelous bike ride along a hidden bike path leading into a quaint little wilderness area we didn't know existed. 31 miles on the 13th. One mathematical charm after another! We won't be waiting until 2034 to visit our newly discovered paradise again, that's for sure!

I then celebrated again that night by finishing the design and pattern for this snowflake at precisely 10:11 p.m. Pretty cool, eh? I have a 12.12.12 snowflake, so it only makes sense I should create a 12.13.14 snowflake, too. My finishing time was a bonus!

The next mathematically symbolic day will be February 2, 2022, or 2.2.22. We'll see if I'm still designing snowflakes then...

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

Finished Size: 7 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 Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 7, 5 dc in ring, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in top loop of 1st dc of this 5/dc group, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through top loop of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 7 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight enough to make popcorn stitches poufy.

Round 2: 4 sc over post of tr directly below; * ch 3, 4 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 4 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 4 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in starting sc to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 15, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, [ch 3, sk next 3 ch, 1 dc in next ch] 2 times, 2 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 6, sk next ch 3 sp, 2 dc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 6 and last 2 dc of final repeat; ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 6 sp of Round.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 4 sc in next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next ch 6 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 6, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc in same ch 6 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 4 sc in next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 6 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 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 the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

12.13.14 Sunrise
12.13.14 Sunrise

12.13.14 ride and adventure extraordinaire
12.13.14 Bicycle Adventure Extraordinaire (story and photos to come)


  1. haha never really thought about tic tac toe days. I'll be 90 if I make it to the last one

    1. Certainly a few years younger than me, Pat!

  2. Did you hear about the baby that was born at 10:11 on 12/13/14!!

    1. Yes, I did, Charlotte! That's pretty cool, isn't it!

  3. Is that a heart tube I see laying there? It must have been those magical goat heads we managed to defeat -- for the most part. Nonetheless, the cold never bothered me anyway... Sorry, I couldn't resist.

  4. Ooh, I can't wait to hear about the new trail!

    I've always thought 2.13 was a pretty magical date.... ;)

    Another great flake - I especially like the shape of the arms.

    1. 12.13, Sue? :) 2.13 is pretty magical to me, too. BIG grin!

      The new trail... oh, it was awesome, but riddled with goat heads. Lizard said we can't traverse that one anymore with bikes, only on foot, because he ended up having to replace all the tires. And I got so many pictures, it's going to take me a month to get them all uploaded!


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