Glitter Snail Ornament by Stephanie Pokorny

Glitter Snail Ornament

November 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
3.75 mm (F)
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This pattern is available for free.


“Where does glitter come from?”, my children asked me the other day. It is a well guarded secret, but today, I will let you in on the secret story. Pinky promise you won’t tell anyone? Good. Here we go…..
Note: for outdoor sprinkling be sure to use biofriendly glitter or sub in sugar!*

As Mother Nature ushers in Winter with her first snow, so comes the return of the elusive Glitter Snails! They are not your regular average snails. Where a shell usually rests, these creatures opt for a twirly candy shell in its place. No slimy head here, these snails bodies are instead made of sugar filled gumdrops! Teeny antennae rest atop their tiny head guiding them as they creep across newly fallen snow. I was lucky to able to capture these cute little baby snails as I was outside with my children the other day, a rare occurence no doubt. One I will treasure always. But what do they do?!?

As they move slowly across the snow, a trail of shiny gem-like glitter trails behind them; no slime for these magical creatures. This is why snow glistens! Then, farmers, long done with their final crops for the season, come and collect that glitter and after carefully washing it, send it off to craft stores to be distributed to glitter addicts like you and I! They are held to a oath to never share the secret of their winter crops, but I trust you, so here I sit, sharing Nature’s secrets with you. Do not worry, this does not harm the snails, it is a natural part of their life and actually harvesting the glitter helps them make more sparkle and magic!

A little worsted weight yarn and an F hook is all you need!