22 August 2022

Snowflake Monday

Oh, my, didn't Alexey preserve a masterpiece with this photograph?!?

I wasn't going to write much more today, but my snowflake needed a name. We recently visited the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs because the forecast was for a dusting of snow atop nearby Pikes Peak. I've shot some stunning sunrises of Pikes from Garden of the Gods, so it seemed worth getting up at 4 in the morning to be there in time for first light.

Clouds hampered the initial alpen glow, and there was no snow on the peak (although I'll bet it got a fresh dusting that night!!!). I got a few decent shots, and then we rode our bikes around the park. It was a very short ride, but exercise is good for Lizard, no matter how long or how strenuous. I'm so proud of him for trying! Neither of us had climbed like that in probably four years, so the ride alone was worth the trip. The scenery, though... You cannot go wrong with red rock!

Here are some photos from my most recent trip along with photos from other excursions when the sun did light up the Garden. One of the rock formation names seemed to fit for today's pattern. Can you tell which rocks are the Cathedral Spires?

orange glow lasted but a few minutes

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: 6.75 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

Spires Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), [1 dc in ring, ch 3] 5 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: [Ch 3, 1 tr in next ch, ch 1, 1 dtr in next ch, ch 1, 1 tr in next ch 1, ch 3, sl st in next dc] 6 times, omitting last ch 3 and last sl st of final repeat; 1 tr in same ch as Round 1 sl st; sl st in 3rd and 4th loops of tr just made.

Round 3: [Ch 5, sl st in middle ch of next ch 3, ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 18, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook and in each of next 11 ch, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, sl st in middle ch of next ch 3] 6 times, omitting last ch 5 and last sl st of final repeat; 1 dtr in middle ch of next ch 3.
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Round 4: [Ch 5, sk next dtr (next ch 5 sp in repeats), 1 dc in next ch 5, ch 5, sk next ch 5 sp, sl st in next dc, working up spoke [[1 sc around next sc into top of st on opposite side of spoke, ch 1, sk next sc]] 6 times, 5 sc in ch 5 point of spoke, working back down spoke [[ch 1, sk next sc, 1 sc around next sc into ch 1 on opposite side of spoke] 6 times, sl st in next dc] 6 times; 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 comment :

Dusty words lying under carpets,
seldom heard, well must you keep your secrets
locked inside, hidden deep from view?
You can talk to me... (Stevie Nicks)

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