Another birthday we have this month is our little month is our sweet little Lily. She asked if I could make the Pokemon character named Skitty for her. There are some really clever people in this world–and I’m not one to reinvent the wheel…so to speak. So, I found the perfect pattern at Sabrina’s Crochet. Thanks Sabrina, for saving me time–and well, just saving me–if you know what I mean.

Yeah, I know. Pokemon are very strange creatures. But this one wasn’t so bad, in fact it was dang fun…

and not nearly as weird as some of them that I’ve seen.

Thank Heaven no one has asked me to make something, you know… creepy.

But then, I’m not finished yet.


Mystic Mermaid Cocoon


Have you EVER seen anything so adorable in your life?!!

I found this sweet little fishy baby on b.hooked crochet and I just keep staring and staring at it. The pattern is there for FREE too. And you know what I say…you can’t beat free.

If only I knew someone who was having a baby girl soon.

Oh, wait…

I do.

Gr Signature

That Pretty Little Snowflake

A very popular post from a while back is the Snowflake Potholder. Since that time, we’ve had lots of people make the pattern as well.

Joyce's potholder

Look at this lovely one that my friend Joyce made. It’s the perfect project for a cool Autumn evening. If you decide to try one yourself- or any other project you find on GraciousRain, for that matter– I hope you’ll share it with us by emailing the photo to me at

I’ll love it. You’ll love it. And if it gets posted, we can ALL love it!


Lacy Baby Shawl


Feeling just a bit clever right now. This last little while, I was in the mood to do something I’d never done before even if it was hard. You know how every now and then a project needs to be especially intricate and elegant to fit the occasion? That’s how it felt with this project. Luckily, as with most crochet work, once you get past the 3rd or 4th row, your fingers find the rhythm and the rest is a breeze…a lacy, lovely breeze.


Then there was the edging. “Do a row of crab stitches around…” were the only instructions in the pattern. What the heck is a crab stitch?! Had to Google it to find out, but I’m now completely in love.


Turns out that the crab stitch makes a curly, rope-like edge that lays flatter than most edgings are inclined to do and I just kept setting it out to stare at it. I decided that a row of single crochet inside the double crochet row, just below the crab stitch gave it the finishing touch.


If you’re feeling adventurous or in the mood to make something a bit, well, stunning–this may just be the thing. I used this pattern from Lacy Crochet.

Go ahead. Fall in love again.


One Very New Trick


 I have seen so many crochet projects, over the years, that have been intriguing to me for one reason or another, but nothing like changing colors on the same row. I was certain that there was some kind of magic to it, a secret, perhaps that has been ferreted away by grandmothers throughout the whole history of crocheting…stuff.


So, when I found this pattern for a lovely Chevron handbag that was too dang cute to resist, I figured now must positively be the time.


Then, checking in my closet yarn stash, I found that I had EXACTLY the right amounts of EXACTLY the right colors of yarn. The stars were alining just as they should! So, I started one evening and discovered to my utter astonishment, that it was…easy.  Oh, happy day~ oh, happy da-ay!

I believe I am now officially addicted.


So, if you’re calling, or coming over or looking for me or wishing I’d answer my email or the phone or the door or make my way to the surface or call the mothership or come up for air…

I make no promises.

This old dog has learned a new trick.

And I’m pretty darn happy about it.

I’ll send up a flare when I’m finished.

Watch for it.