My mom frequently complains about hating her flabby arms and is always looking for a way to cover them up. Since her birthday is next week, I found this pattern: http://www.naturallycaron.com/projects/aphrodite/aphrodite_1.html
and made it for her.
Most important lesson learned with this project? Uh, lay off the wine which I'm trying to figure out a pattern. Despite seeing a picture of the shawl and knowing that it should be somewhat of a triangle in shape, I decided that I should slip stitch and connect the rows instead of that pesky "turn" thing it was telling me to do, thereby making a circle. "How's this gonna work?" I'd think to myself, slogging through a pattern that didn't make a whole lot of sense. I made it all the way through an entire skein
before I realized my fatal error. I went through the 7 Stages of Grief, and then set about ripping out a week of crocheting and starting completely over. The good news is the pattern made a whole lot more sense the second time around!
I used Patons Candiana which is pretty soft but, alas, acrylic so I can't really block it. Eh, I'm just glad to finally have finished it!