Thursday, March 24, 2011


Hello Everyone!!  I hope you are all doing well!  That's my Mickey Mouse mug that my sister got for me filled with my latest obsession, Chai Tea.  Yummy!  This picture was taken at work, where you get a small glimpse at my messy desk.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. It's already Thursday, which means the weekend is almost here.  What do you have planned?  I think we are going to wing it and see what happens.

As the title implies, I've started a new project.  It's from Kristen Omdahl's book Crochet So Fine.  If you ever get a chance to, be sure to check it out.  She has some of the most beautiful designs and the ones in this book are all done with lighter weight yarn.
The one I'm working on is called the Starry Night Wrap.  I found this really pretty lace weight mohair like yarn at Big Lots for $1.00 a skein!  It's an acrylic yarn, but doesn't feel like it in that the yarn is sooo soft.  Here's a picture of the first few motifs. Unfortunately, you really can't see the colors in this picture, but I'm using two separate colors and alternating them.  We've had some rain, so the lighting was terrible.

Speaking of books...I met Tuesday night with my friend Dawn to share a little hooking time and met her friend Melanie.  I was in desperate need of some estrogen time (girl time) since I'm surrounded by males all the time.  We had a wonderful time and I think we might actually get Melanie to put down the needles for a little bit and turn her into a hooker like us :-) Anyway, back to my original point of books....Dawn purchased a new crochet book this week, sat down to look at all the pretty things and get inspired and realized that she already has this book!  Instead of taking it back to the store and getting her money back she brought it with her Tuesday night and gave it to me! It's Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagan and it contains a TON of eye candy.  Aren't I so lucky!  Isn't she so sweet?!? I can't express how thrilled I was to receive this!  I don't know how many of you are part of a knitting or crochet group, but I have to say, I'm really enjoying being the new kid with these ladies.  They are so sweet, hysterically funny and we speak the same language....we share a love for yarn porn and that's a wonderful thing.

Since my Sainted Mother's birthday has come and gone, I can finally show you what I was working on for her.  I was afraid to post anything earlier for fear she might pop in and see it - Yikes!  I would have hated to ruin the surprise! The pattern is Blue Curacao by Doris Chan and is in her Amazing Crochet Lace book. I used three different variegated yarns and if I do say so myself, it turned out beautifully!

Well, I think I'm all caught up in telling you what's been going on around here.  I'm off to see what the rest of you have been up to.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and get to enjoy your week-end!


  1. Melissa, I just love your post.. crochet friends, a new book and most important I think the shawl you made for your sainted mother is absolutely brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

  2. Gosh I don't think I can add any more than what Teresa has already said, I do like the look of that book and your shawl is beautiful.
    x Sandi

  3. Teresa did say it beautifully but I'm playing catch-up. I did have enough sense to stop myself at 3 posts for fear I'd write you a book. First..the post of your mother and her sweetheart..don't they look like they are so smitten with each other. Love is such a wonderful thing and they truly look more dreamy.:)
    I LOVE your mothers gift! Job well done. I'm sure it was a pleasure to make simply because of who it was for.
    I am in a "crochet get together" as well. I love it. There are only 4 of us but small is good. Good friends..good food..good hooking! We don't even let the little comments from our partners get us down. In their minds woman between the ages of 30 to 40 just don't belong in a "crochet club"..we're not old sad for them!
    Your 3rd to most recent post made me sad. I wanted to just hug you. Like my hubby has been saying to me may be super mom and super wife but you can never be super human. I think this weather gets us down..but guess what..we are allowed to have down days..grouchy days..sad days. We do the best we can for our children and hubbys..and because of that, they will understand :) As my love always tells long as the good days out number the bad, we're beating the odds :)God I love that man..hope your feeling better..warm hugs your way!..and so sorry to be so long winded, I wrote that book after all! lol

  4. Hey funny that you bring that up..the diagonal shelves..I found a Flickr page with these and fell in love. The key now is to talk my handy-hubby into just buying the box shelves and turning to the side like a diamond instead of trying to make them :) He means well..I also need to get ride of the two desks (work and home computer)..I think my room is like 12 by 16 but I'd have to ask him. :) I'm so clueless.
    My hand is so much better..thanks :) Nasty scar but hopefully it will fade, if not I guess it's like a good old truck with dings and me more character:)
    Hope you are well! Hopefully the blahs will be fading for all of us! Take care!xx