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Melissa Rookman

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Melissa Rookman


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Whimsical, relaxing, crafting.

My mother taught me when I was young how to crochet and I never really did it seriously. I would make a few things here and there but nothing really came of it. Until I moved out on my own with my husband.

Suddenly I started to crochet more and more, making gifts for people I knew. Around the holiday season I would get very busy and then I would let it die off and pack my yarn up.

During the summer I would make stained glass with my father for his business, so being crafty continued for me. Until a few years ago while I was pregnant with my daughter. It dawned on me that when I crochet I am incredibly relaxed (plus there's the added bonus of no harsh chemicals (like with stained glass), and I didn't have to be on my feet!).

Now that she is here, I also find it harder to make time to go into the glass studio since you can't just put down what you are working on and scoop up your little one like you can with crochet. I find my favorite time to create is as I'm putting her down to bed and she's drifting off with me nearby.

The name is inspired by the movie My Neighbor Totoro. Which is a Studio Ghibli Children's Film and my favorite film growing up. It reminds me of a whimsical safe place under such a tree and I hope that my creations can take you there and inspire you.

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    My husband, I and our two children live going to shows. My kids are my inspiration. I learned to crochet at a young age and then took to spinning and now adore the simple joy of weaving on our weaving sticks.

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Last updated on April 6, 2013
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