Exploding Stars and Mountain Lakes

Here in Philadelphia, March came in like a lion. We have had several snowstorms, but all of them are mostly teasers compared to the Nor’easters we’ve had in years past.

I have been busy working on multiple projects: crochet, cross stitch, and “life” projects.  I would definitely place myself in the state of “Too Many WIPs” (Works-In-Progress.)  This includes positive additions, such as my addition of physical workouts in the form of a positive and encouraging program called YogaBurn, as well as other “life” Works-In-Progress.

If you are interested in my work, please know that I am still currently selling my HUGE and COLORFUL rainbow mandala.  You can find information about this on my Facebook.

And now, on to the yarn and thread!

I finished my third mandala, although this one is somewhat smaller than the others, (still around 5 and 1/2 feet across.)

I call it my “Exploding Star” mandala because I wanted to use colors that you might see in an exploding star.


One of the things I enjoyed most about crocheting this mandala was using only one brand of yarn: Caron Simply Soft.  Often, I will mix yarn brands to achieve the color combinations I want, but the piece lays so well when you have a consistent yarn weight throughout the project.

It is very difficult to capture the sparkly yarns I incorporated throughout the mandala, so I have also included a short video which illuminates some of the sparkles.




The second project I finished is a miniature Mountain Lake scene, using cross stitch.  Unfortunately, I incorporated DOUBLE the amount of threads I was supposed to use, so the definition of the trees is muddier and less defined than it should be.  However, I am happy with the outcome. I learned what I did wrong so that I will do it right the next time.



Here’s a sneak peek of my next cross stitch project.  (By the way, it’s not a lizard, although, it kind of looks like one right now.)


Working on darker Aida fabric is a new challenge, but life would not be rewarding without challenges to overcome!  Hope you are all happy and well!    – Molly


2 thoughts on “Exploding Stars and Mountain Lakes

    1. Thank you! I like to create with yarn and thread, but ultimately, I love to crochet the most. I am really excited about how these colors turned out. I am proud to say that it is my favorite color combination that I arranged on my own, not based on another crocheter’s color choices.


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