27 March 2017

Snowflake Monday

Hunchback Sunrise

We were focused on photos of the Weminuche 14ers when we traversed Hunchback Pass into the Vallecito drainage. I'd just finished a quilt with photos of Colorado's 14ers, and I'd had to borrow a few photos, including Sunlight, Eolus and Windom, in the Weminuche, because I'd never seen them. We wanted to make sure I had my own photos, in case I ever make another 14er quilt. (Which, yes, I do plan to do one day...)

We spent our time trying to get me in position to take the best photos I could of the 14ers, and I all but ignored the other peaks surrounding us.

Weminuche 14ers

I managed a few "accidental" photos of Storm King Peak, Mount Silex and The Guardian because they happened to be in the background for some lovely wildflower shots.

We camped at the base of 13,684-foot Mount Nebo, near Rock Creek, and not once did I get a decent photo of the thirteener above us! The sun was in the wrong position for satisfying peak mug shots along the east side of the drainage.

We had planned to stay in the Vallecito drainage four or five days, but biting flies were so bad, we decided to seek out friendlier camp spots after I obtained usable photos of the 14ers. (Which resulted in wonderful impromptu excursions to the Castles, Blue Lakes, Highland Mary Lakes and Ice Lakes, as well as an unplanned hotel stay and a much-needed hot tub soak after my first – and so far only -- 50-plus hiking miler! If memory serves, I think we hiked a total of 56 miles that week.)

We did try hiking up the Rock Creek trail because it was right there. The upper reaches may have provided a spectacular view of Nebo. Plentiful bear scat made us a bit nervous and caused us to retreat and head back up to Hunchback Pass, where I may have accidentally snapped a peekaboo photo of Mount Nebo while admiring vast daisy meadows.

Utah's twin nearly 12,000-foot Mount Nebo summits were named after the biblical 2,680-foot Mount Nebo, which overlooks Israel and may have been where Moses died. I've driven across the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway outside of Payson. I've probably seen Utah's Nebo, but I don't have pictures of it.

There's another Mount Nebo in Arkansas, near the city of Dardanelle, and its 1,345-foot summit is nearly 5,000 feet lower than where I live! It is said that from the summit, on a clear day, two other peaks more than 36 miles away, Mount Magazine and Petit Jean, may be seen.

I suspect our Mount Nebo got its name the same way Utah's did, but I couldn't find any evidence. Kind of like looking for pictures of Mount Nebo in my archives. I'm definitely going to have to make sure I and my camera look up as much as down next time I take it hiking!

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!

Finished Size: 4.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, 1.25-inch 2-holed button, 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 Nebo Snowflake Instructions

Round 1: * 1 sc in button hole, [ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times (double dc picot made), ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 5, 1 dc in same ch, ch 5, sl st in same ch (lacy tri-picot made), [ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times (double dc picot made), [[1 sc in same buttonhole, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times (double dc picot made), ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 5, 1 dc in same ch, ch 5, sl st in same ch (lacy tri-picot made), [ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times (double dc picot made)] 2 times; repeat from * in next buttonhole, sl st in starting sc.
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Round 2: Ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and ch 3), 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), * 3 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 3 sc in next ch 5 sp (top or middle point of lacy picot), ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 3 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 1 tr in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 7; 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. Sure quite the peaks indeed. Names arise through many a way, can be interesting to see where they came from, if one can find it that is.

    1. There have been so many peaks I've researched, Pat, and sometimes all I can find is 100 plagiarized copies of one name explanation. I probably ought to make a list and publish it... I will try to correct misinformation as I go if I can.

  2. If you keep photographing flowers you'll eventually catch all the peaks! :D

    Great blocking variations on this lovely snowflake!

    1. Thanks, Sue. I really can't wait to get back out there. It is a magical place!


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