A recent trip to Ikea sparked the inspiration for today’s post. As Jason and I wandered through the comfortably chic room layouts of the Ikea showroom, I noticed they had small crochet baskets for bathroom organization. The baskets were made of a very chunky and stiff cord with tight stitches making the fabric very sturdy. After inspecting the handiwork I naturally checked the price and was disappointed (but not surprised) to see that they were $12.99 (CAD) for a set of two. I won’t go into my usual rant about a) outsourcing artisanal work and b) not paying the crafters what we deserve but I will say that I absolutely wanted (needed!) crochet baskets.
This is my sixth pair, you guys. Sixth. I have six pairs of crocheted socks just hanging around, waiting their turn to be worn. For the most part I’ve felt confident throughout this Year of the Sock challenge, knowing I’ll finish before the month is over. Don’t get me wrong, I did have my doubts now and then, especially in the beginning when I had no experience in sock making. But now I’ve got six pairs under my belt and I definitely feel more sure about my skills 😀
Crocheting socks is becoming much easier and I understand the components – toe, foot, heel, ankle, cuff. Top-down or toe-up, I’m getting better and better. This month, I felt I could start to experiment with sock patterns, very much the same way I experimented with designing amigurumi patterns. I used the same pattern from July, which can be found here on Red Heart, and I made some adjustments to it. The test was to make the socks without looking at the pattern and see if I truly did understand the pattern. And I did it!
I know it’s been forever since I finished school but every year when August comes to an end I find myself craving a back-to-school shopping trip. And I’m talking stationery – erasers, pens, glue sticks, notebooks…
I’ve already amassed quite a collection of school supplies over the years so instead of going in search of more scholastic materials I’m going to change things up a bit. I believe, as a crafter, it’s fair to gather all sorts of **necessary materials for the coming year. In my case I’ll be searching for more sock yarn and miscellaneous notions like buttons and a set of whimsical scissors. Of course I’ll need some sort of portable storage, something like a pouch or a bag? Perhaps something like these crafty projects:
The lace crochet top is still going. Remember how I pointed out the second half was so much smaller? Yeah, that’s one reason I haven’t worked on it as much. But there’s no way I’m going to frog it now! What I’m thinking is that I will turn the second smaller piece into the front part, frog the shoulders on the first piece and make that the back.
For my August socks I’m going back to the same pattern I used in July because it was just so much fun and I really loved the afterthought heel. This month, though, I’m playing around with the pattern to experiment – more on that in a later post.
Last week I did something fun. I hid crochet Poke balls around Toronto harbourfront! At first I was worried someone would see me and spoil the surprise but I managed to be as inconspicuous as possible. If you didn’t get a chance to go on a Pokeball hunt, don’t worry! I’ve got a free pattern for you!
Crochet Pokemon Ball
For these Poke balls I went back to the Crochet Sphere Calculator I used to make the Death Star (if you’re not a fan of this method stay tuned for a standard amigurumi ball pattern). I played around with the number of sphere circumference stitches to make different sizes. You can do the same as well as use different hook sizes (suggest between 3.00mm to 4.00mm for worsted weight yarn). The following variation uses a 3.75mm hook and worsted weight acrylic yarn. It doesn’t matter if you start with red or white yarn but if you do prefer a smoother look then start with red as that is the top colour on a Poké ball. There is only one “work even” round and that is when you will switch to black yarn to make the middle stripe. Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join or turn at the end of the round. Use stitch markers to keep track of beginning/end of round.