25 July 2022

Snowflake Monday

It's difficult right now to find time to crochet because I'm still fighting to get my blog back on my domain. More than two weeks now!!! Wednesday will be Day 20.

When my web host upgraded/updated whatever it changed back on July 7, something on the server end didn't convert my Blogger blog properly. My blog instantly disappeared. I've been communicating with web host techs ever since, and they've been making DNS changes for me (because I don't know how to do that) and promising me my blog will be back online "in 48 hours" after it propogates. Each conversation I've initiated (because my blog still was not visible after 48 (or more) hours), the techs have asked why I changed DNS settings. I haven't changed a thing. Again, I don't know how!

Somehow, changes keep reverting back to whatever they were that caused this. I wondered if my blog had been hacked. I eventually lost access to my email, too, and then my main website went down. Then, one of the techs scared the daylights out of me when he said I have no content at all on my blog. (He did not have access to my Blogger account, and he didn't know I am not using WordPress.)

I suggested to the fifth tech I spoke with (who wanted me to run a 48+-hour backup from waybackmachine.org, which archives only my most popular posts) that we totally disconnect my blog from my paid domain, then start over in 24 hours, linking my blog to my domain like it's a first-time transfer. I noted that I would need help because I knew only how to unlink Blogger from snowcatcher.net, which is my paid domain. No problem, he said. Disconnect away. I did. And I was tempted (by all the heartache this whole mess has caused) to leave Snowcatcher disconnected from my domain, forfeiting the money I've paid to keep the domain and keep it secure until next April.

My blog was accessible again! Via a different link, but at least it was up and running again! Then Sisters of the Snowflake began informing me my most popular posts are being blocked by various security software... which is why I bought a secure domain in the first place. Well, plus, I wanted my own website with my own name.

Here are the links, working and not, I hope might help. PLEASE SAVE THEM!!! My private domain is www.snowcatcher.net. My main website (where my snowflake directory resides) is www.snowcatcherphotos.com. In case my blog disappears again, most of my most popular posts (mostly snowflake patterns) are available at waybackmachine.org. When I disconnect from my domain (which I plan to do only if these problems persist), my blog should be visible again within 48 hours at www.snowcatcher.blogspot.com. While my blog is not visible, I am mirroring my posts to www.snowcaught.blogspot.com. I don't plan to keep posting at both places because I just don't have time. But I won't shut down the mirror site, and when I have time, I will try to copy snowflake patterns to that location.

However, Snowcaught will not be connected to a private domain, so that link could potentially trigger security filters. It does exactly that every single time I post a snowcaught.net snowflake pattern link to our Sisters of the Snowflake group on Facebook. (Oh, and I am no real fan of Facebook, but FB *sometimes* is a convenient place for widely scattered people with like interests to gather and discuss topics such as website outages and bot censorship. I'm in several quilt groups on there, and scrolling through quilt masterpieces can calm even the most frustrating moments!)

If and when I get hooked back up to www.snowcatcher.net, blogspot links SHOULD still work. They should redirect without much of a hiccup. The blogspot link should be good no matter what in the future. But, there's a reason I'm not an IT tech. And, we all know my crystal ball has not been functional for quite some time now.

Day 20 of no domain access gives me a tiny little bit of inspiration in naming today's snowflake. It was inspired by the hexagon quilt block in my block-a-day hexi calendar by Katja Marek. I didn't actually start the snowflake until July 21. I kept both my perpetual quilt block calendars on July 20 until I could make both of them. One as a snowflake, and the other as a block in my nephew's quilt. I guess I'm kind of stuck in time, not only trying to get my blog back on the web, but also trying to create July 20-inspired projects!

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: 3 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

Vicenary Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr in ring, [ch 6, 3 tr in ring] 2 times; ch 3, 1 tr in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form 3rd ch 6 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and ch 1), over post of tr directly below work [1 tr, ch 1] 2 times, [ch 1, 1 sc in middle tr of next 3/tr group, ch 1, in next ch 6 tip work [[1 tr, ch 1]] 3 times, ch 2, in same ch 6 tip work [[1 tr, ch 1]] 3 times] 2 times; ch 1, 1 sc in middle tr of next 3/tr group, ch 1, in next ch 6 tip work [[1 tr, ch 1]] 3 times; 1 dc in 4th ch of starting ch 5 to form 3rd ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 3: 3 sc over post of dc directly below, [3 hdc in next ch 1 sp, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, 3 tr in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 3 tr in next ch 1 sp, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, 3 hdc in next ch 1 sp, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 sc in same ch 3 sp] 3 times, omitting last 3 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends. If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

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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