Today was one of those days when it seemed everything and everyone who crossed my path (me included) had been touched by the wand of a mischievous fairy out to wreck as much mayhem as she could before sunset.
In an attempt to salvage the day and get something done, I turned to the work of Melinda Miller, crochet designer and proprietress of MoCrochet whose tagline proclaims “Calmly crocheting in the midst of insanity.”
I could have done with a bit more of the calm crochet, and a lot less of the insanity, but among Ms. Miller’s crochet designs, I am particularly grateful for a small bag she calls the “Kit Kat Purse.”
Coming out of the Japanese tradition of Maneki Neko, also known as the “beckoning” or “welcoming” cat, these harbingers of good luck are typically made from ceramic, but for those of us who believe that crochet is the true essence of life, crochet is a natural choice to create a cat who is a harbinger of only good.
Using a 4.00 mm hook, and Red Heart Super Saver soft white yarn, I was able to get this far in the small window of time I had to crochet:
The ends are not woven in. I have not added the eyes or the nose or the whiskers, and this kit kat still needs a bow and a back side, but my hope is that this cat is able to summon the force of all the Maneki Neko that have come before her and help me welcome a new day in which I am able to get done everything that I didn’t finish today, as well as everything that is on tomorrow’s list.
In the meantime, I will content myself with some candy that coordinates with the bag:
while I listen to what turned out to be my favorite jingle for Kit Kat candy bars.