03 January 2022

Snowflake Monday

First up on my list of snowflakes to redo in 2022 is Rehab Blues, which I created while Lizard was in acute rehab following his back surgery, smack dab in the middle of lockdown. I was so grateful to be allowed to stay with him 24 hours a day for 14 consecutive days during a time when overnight visitors were not allowed (and daytime visitors were severely limited), and during the worst wildfire season I can remember, which meant we were free of smoke and heat during our stay. Yet, I was more depressed during that time than I think I've ever been in my life.

I think that's one of the biggest things that prevented me from going back and redoing the symbolically blue flake in white, as promised in that blog post, once we returned home. I wanted to forget rehab had ever been a part of our lives. I wanted to forget the wildfires, and I wanted to forget Covid. I wished we could walk away from Parkinson's the way we walked away from the hospital.

Nearly a full year later, Lizard and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the Denver Temple, and I'm so thrilled to report the white version of this snowflake now reminds me of that day instead of a time I still have difficulty revisiting.

I couldn't help but dress up the flake a bit after remaking it in white. Because, even though I'm amazed how much the original version does look like spines to me, the flake is skinless! It really needs to be dressed up!

The original pattern has been corrected, the white flake has been added, and the revitalized pattern is below.

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: 7.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 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

Popcorn Stitch (pc)

Work 5 dc in designated st, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc.

Dressed to Live Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [Pc in ring, ch 5] 2 times; pc in ring, ch 2, 1 tr in top of starting pc to form 3rd ch 5 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Pc over post of tr directly below, [ch 5, pc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, pc in same sp] 2 times; ch 5, pc in next ch 5 sp, ch 2, 1 tr in top of starting pc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 3: Pc over post of tr directly below, pc in next ch 5 sp, ch 17, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 tr in next ch 2, ch 2, pc in same ch 5 sp] 6 times, omitting last pc of final repeat; sl st in top of starting pc.
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Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), [1 tr in top of next pc, sk next ch 2 sp, in next ch 2 sp work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), in next ch 2 sp work (1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc), in next ch 2 sp work (1 dc, ch 7, 1 dc), in next ch 5 tip work (1 dc, ch 9, 1 dc, ch 11, 1 dc, ch 9, 1 dc, in next ch 2 sp work (1 dc, ch 7, 1 dc), in next ch 2 sp work (1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc), in next ch 2 sp work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), 1 tr in next pc] 6 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; 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.

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