25 April 2022

Snowflake Monday

Lizard and I have been riding a few miles each day after work when the wind isn't blowing gale force. Because he does okay while I'm at work one partial day a week, I asked him if he would be okay if I rode in the morning before working at home. He has been wanting me to do that ever since his knee surgery in 2019. But I'd made the decision I would not ride until he could.

Last Friday, before our horrific winds moved in, I was able to ride 18 miles! (I forgot to turn on my Cyclemeter for the first half mile or so. The screenshot below reading 1.81 mph was snapped while I was standing still at the end of the ride. It probably picked up my lingering heavy breathing after that final climb!!!) I successfully got up three of four steep climbs near our home without stopping. The one I call the time trial ramp got me. But I almost made it to the top!

It's the first time I've done that many miles and any of those climbs in about three or four years!

I got home to find Lizard trying to surprise me by doing laundry. And now all our underwear has a very faint tint of blue. Looks very pretty!

Today's snowflake was inspired by both events. May there be many more such joyous occasions in our future!

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: 6 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.

True Blue Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [1 pc in ring, ch 8], 6 times, omitting last 4 ch of final repeat; 1 dtr in starting pc to form 6th ch 8 petal of Round. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dtr directly below, [ch 3, in next ch 8 petal work (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc)] 5 times; ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 8 petal, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 3: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, [ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work (1 sc, ch 10, 1 sc), ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work (1 sc, ch 5, 1 sc)] 6 times, omitting last sc and last 3 ch of final repeat; 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round.
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Round 4: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, in same sp work 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, [in next ch 10 loop work (1 tr, ch 5, 1 tr, ch 7, 1 tr, ch 5, 1 tr), in next ch 5 loop work (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, ch 3, * 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr) 6 times, ending * on final repeat; sl st in starting sc; 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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