An idea takes root

Sometimes an idea grabs hold and will not let your rest.

On December 17 of last year, I came across this picture in the Los Angeles Times:

Cookies featured in the Los Angeles Times around Christmas of 2010

It was about the time I purchased Twinkie Chan’s book Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies.

It was also around Christmas, and I had myriad other projects I was trying to finish before the big holiday, and I did not do any work on rendering the above plates of cookies into crochet.

Next, I toyed with the idea of a cookie scarf to mark the occasion of the annual Girl Scout Cookie sale. This is about the only fundraiser on the planet that I like, but I like it a lot.

Each year when our neighborhood Girl Scout and her father appear my door, they know I am good for at least ten boxes, and this year, I was able to order even more as the Girl Scouts now have a program that allows purchasers to donate cookies to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

So, I got my cookies, but as I was working on organizing my crochet empire before house guests arrived, I made no more progress on the Girl Scout cookie scarf than I had on the Christmas cookie project.

Then, the day before yesterday happened, and the project came to me in its entirety except for the yarn and directions.

If I were to be logical, I would not be working on this project at all.

Having made a list of the cookies that have been my favorites throughout my life (Oreos, snickerdoodles, peanut butter, and chocolate chip), and having done some primary research at the supermarket, I realized that the most beloved and popular cookies come in varying shades of brown and beige.

The unfrosted cookie palette is not one that is familiar to me, but sometimes a woman is called to do what she is called to do, and while I did not make anywhere near the progress I had hoped to today, the seed of an idea that was planted last December, has begun to take root this spring, and for me, there is no turning back.

two crochet cookies
Two prototype crochet cookies for my cookie project