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Jane the Virgin: Alba, Don’t Hate on a Rogelio Gift Basket!

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I love Jane the Virgin. When I saw Gina Rodriguez win that Golden Globe in 2015, I was elated! She was my next America Ferrera. (Don’t worry, America, I still love you and will watch everything you’re in. Ugly Betty FOREVER!) I love telenovelas, and since I don’t speak Spanish, Jane the Virgin was a great way to get my fix. Was I embarrassed by the title? Of course, but so was everyone. Was I prepared to be mad at the show over a Rogelio gift basket? No.

This season has been rough, but I’ve been through rough seasons before. After the season one finale I couldn’t sleep because I was so worried about Mateo. The second season, my mom was Team Raphael and I was Team Michael — it was not easy. But this season … ugh. Michael and Jane’s fights are pretty similar to my fights with my husband. He usually writes in his office while I watch the show, but still listens in. Their relationship fights were either a sign of what was to come for us, or a disagreement we had had before.

The point is we identified with them as a couple A LOT. So (SPOILER ALERT) this season when Michael died – look, it was bad when he almost died. It was hard watching Jane be a caregiver. (Been there, girlfriend!) This hit close to home. And yeah, I know it was bound to happen — thanks, Narrator, for the ominous, “And for as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath, he never did” — but I was still heartbroken. I lost sleep.

I think the show is rebuilding itself wonderfully post-death with the flash forward. Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t yell “I’m not ready yet!” at the TV when Jane went on her first post-Michael date. I mean I’m happy for her, but, seriously, I’m not ready.

Yes, I’m aware they’re fictional characters with story lines involving evil twins and mastermind criminals. I don’t care. It has heart and the sweet, realistic parts keep the show grounded.

My point is, I’m clearly invested in this show. So when Alba threw shade at her Rogelio gift basket …

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OK, the arthritis cream may not be top notch gift giving.

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… I simmered with the usual “fiber art is cool, guys” resentment that comes up now and then. I didn’t want to write about Jane the Virgin with anything other than high praise. But, Jane, you’ve forced me into calling you out. I can’t help it! You don’t wear enough knitwear because you’re set in Miami!

Knitting, and crochet doilies, aren’t only for old ladies!

They’re for anyone who wants to play with yarn and sticks and make beautiful handiwork for themselves and their loved ones.  Alba, obviously Rogelio should have bought better knitting needles, like something from Knit Picks. But I’m still disappointed in you. Maybe send me a Rogelio gift basket?

In honor of all those crochet doily lovers out there …

Crochet Ideas for Doily Filled Rogelio Gift Baskets:

Above I’ve linked to Grace Fearon’s digital patterns on Ravelry. You can also check out some of her free patterns on her website here. Clearly she’s a mega-talented designer, who, shockingly, is younger than Alba.



My name is Monica Rodriguez and I can’t stop fidgeting with yarn. I live in Albuquerque, NM with my husband. We belong to two terriers who manage to cuddle us just enough to keep us from revolting.

Let me know what you think!