It’s been almost three months since moving back to Toronto and yet it feels like I was just in Vancouver last week. Before leaving Vancouver – or I should say at the beginning of this year – Jay asked me to make a bag for him. “What kind of bag?” I asked him all those months ago. I was probably watching Murder, She Wrote on Netflix (why did they have to remove it!!!) while crocheting something and Jay said, “I want a giant squid…bag.”
My interest was piqued and I quickly did a Google search for crochet squid bags. I did not find what I was looking for, which meant I needed to create the pattern from scratch. I thought, “No problem! I’ll have this figured out in no time.” Sometimes I can be a little cocky.
About a month after making the first several stitches I realised it would take much longer to design – this being my first serious pattern design. I started and re-started the body of the squid but it just did not look right. So I put it aside for several months and sort of forgot about it.
Back in Toronto, being unemployed and looking for work, my motivation to work on the squid was reignited – I did after all have a bit of free time.
It took nearly two months to finish the squid. Two months of unraveling and starting over, searching for how-to’s on crochet shapes and techniques, hashing out details with my “client” and his demands, and of course crocheting like my life depended on it.
Now that the squid is 98% completed (I still need to figure out the bag function although from what I’ve witnessed, Jay is happy to just hang out with his new bud) I’m feeling a little sad that it’s over but so relieved that it’s over. I’m still working on writing the pattern and I will either post it here or put the pattern up for sale on my Etsy shop. But for now, feast your eyes on my greatest creation to date!