31 July 2023

Snowflake Monday

What a cool mountain name!!! Not sure the 13,960-foot high point on the ridge between El Diente and Mount Wilson had a name back when we were still climbing 14ers, but I had been researching cool names in the San Miguels for this month's snowflakes when I came across this gem.

Pin Point Peak on the way to El Diente, photo courtesy of Lizard

Lizard climbed all the 14ers in the range (and Pin Point!) before we met. He said the day he climbed Wilson and El Diente was one of the scariest days of his life because the downclimb was horrendous. Too much loose rock after a physically demanding ascent.

Lizard Head Peak Meets Lizard

I have not climbed any peaks in the San Miguels. For years, I couldn't wait for the day Lizard would return to those summits with me. I foolishly believed I'd be able to do such difficult climbs. (I'm a wuss. Hmmm, should I give a snowflake that name?!?) I longed for the day Lizard could climb Lizard Head Peak, which is highly technical.

San Miguels photo courtesy of Lizard

Those days are long gone now, but memories and photos remain. And now I have yet another snowflake to help commemorate these glorious but difficult peaks.

my autumn photo of Sunshine Peak in the San Miguels

My co-workers and I moved into our new office space last week, and I wasn't sure I'd have time to write today's pattern. I wasn't sure I wanted to make time to write a pattern. Work hours were so long and so draining all week long, I was SO tempted to do another No Flake Monday. But Lizard accomplished a pretty big goal on Saturday (no, he did NOT climb Lizard Head!!!), which I'll share here on my blog tomorrow, and it got me thinking I need to accomplish a goal, too.

So here's a fun flake with a fun name (because it took so many pins to shape) following a fun weekend of precious memories.

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, 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

Pin Point Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 1), 1 dc in next dc] 11 times; ch 1, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [in next dc work (1 dc, ch 7, 1 dc), 1 dc in next dc] 6 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 4: [1 sc in next dc, in next ch 7 loop work (4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc), 1 sc in next dc, sk next dc] 6 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: [Ch 8, in next ch 3 tip work (1 sc, ch 8, 1 sc, ch 12, 1 sc, ch 8, 1 sc), ch 8, sl st between next 2 sc] 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 :

  1. What an absolutely perfect name for a crochet snowflake! Lovely mountain photos too.


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