Thursday, 12 March 2015

Day Four

Today is the last in my little mini crochet marathon that has been going on this week - thank goodness I hear all the non crocheters shouting!!  I didn't actually have anything crochet to share with you today until I had a wonderful surprise when I arrived home yesterday.

There was a package waiting for me - don't you just love getting nice packages in the post instead of just bills!  It was from the wonderful Gillian at Hookin a Yarn.  Gillian recently had a giveaway of some crocheted socks.  You can see her wonderful post about them here.  I was so delighted when Gillian announced that I was the winner of a pair of her crocheted socks.  It is one of my greatest dreams to have handknitted socks and these are a wonderful first step along that journey.

Thank you so much Gillian!!!  I realise that it was all down to chance, but you cannot know how delighted I am that the socks came to me!!!  They have been worn already, but I am trying to keep them and not wear them too much as I love them so much and want them to last forever!

I expect that you want to see these wonderful socks...  I have to warn you that these pictures are not the best, if you want to see them in all their glory - and the others that Gillian made too! - then pop over to her blog as her photos show the colours much more accurately.

Here they are though!


I think that these show the colours best of all - above - but I tried lots of different views!


Socks..


Wonderful, cosy, comfy, cuddly, wonderful socks!!!!!


What this does show is how different lights and backgrounds make a big difference to what your finished pictures look like!!


Thank you so much Gillian!!!!

I also want to thank YOU ALL so much for the lovely comments on my crocheted things from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  You are all so very kind.  I am glad that you have enjoyed everything.  It makes me so happy to be able to share with you and also to receive your encouraging comments which spur me on to try new things and to keep experimenting with my crochet.

Yesterday several of you asked if I used a particular pattern to make my basket.  The answer is no.  As with most of my things I made it up as I went along, having learned a few lessons from other baskets that I have made before.  I am absolutely rubbish at following rules and that follows through to being rubbish at following patterns - I hate being told what to do!  So I generally make things up as I go along or adapt things.


However, if you want to make a bowl or basket and want some instructions Jacquie at Bunny Mummy has a great tutorial - here - and you can simply make it as big or small as you want.  Otherwise, you could search for a pattern for a flat circle, then when the circle is big enough, simply stop making the increases and just keep working.  The sides will start to rise upwards.  When you have reached the height you want stop working and you are done!

To add the shell border skip a stitch, TR x 4 into next stitch, skip a stitch, slip stitch into next stitch and repeat until you are all the way around.

To make this basket I used a 5mm hook and four strands of mercerised 4ply cotton.  It made for a much stiffer basket than the previous one where I used three strands with the same sized hook.  The best thing is to experiment with the number of strands and/or hook size.  The more strands, the bigger the hook, the stiffer you want it the more strands you need and or smaller hook size.  So if you want something floppy, a large hook and less strands, for a stiffer basket a smaller book and more strands.  Remember, this I just crochet, you can rip it out and start again.  It is also a great way to use bits and bobs, so you really can experiment!

Have a go and share how you get on!

Amy

37 comments:

  1. What a wonderful giveaway win, your tootsies will be lovely and cosy. There's nothing quite like hand made socks.

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  2. I meant to comment yesterday on the basket but got waylaid, its lovely and now you've made me want to make one. I am trying to finish up some other projects that have been lying around at the moment but will certainly have a go at this. I like the pattern around the middle it makes all the difference.
    Do you know where the pattern is for those lovely socks, I knit mine but I'm sure crochet would be much quicker.
    Hugs
    Briony
    x

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  3. Just been catching up with your crochet posts....you have been busy! Love the wreath...(so pretty) and your basket, you are clever! Your socks are gorgeous and if they are anything like the knitted ones I was recently given they will be uber warm. Happy Hooking. x

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  4. I've been feeling rather crotchety lately. But I think that's something different. Love the socks!

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  5. CUTE socks! So cheerful! Interesting how the background changes the photos so much. Thanks for doing that demonstration for us. =) blessings ~ tanna

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  6. I sense happy feet when wearing those! A friend convinced me to buy some sock yarn and try knitting some socks - it is going very slowly! I keep leaving the yarn bowl with them around the house to spur me on to do more - but it's not working at the moment! x

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  7. Lovely socks, Amy. I bet they're rare and cosy! :o)

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  8. Amy they are gorgeous socks....lucky you.
    and having made two pairs myself I can see she has done a wonderful job too....
    enjoy them
    Daisy j x

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  9. Hurray for giveaways, they are fab socks, and you already know that I love your basket :)
    Jillxo

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  10. Ooh, crocheted socks! I've never tried those. They're very pretty and I'm sure you're going to love wearing them. I'm having a Sockalong on my blog shortly so this could be your chance to have your hand-knitted socks! :-) xx

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  11. Such a wonderful and generous giveaway, perfect in readiness for next winter. I love the idea of crochet socks I might be tempted to give that a go. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Those socks are so cute. I bet they're nice and warm, they look very cozy.

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  13. I'm not so sure about the socks, but I love your basket.

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  14. I love those socks. They are such happy colors. I had no idea you could make "granny square" into socks. I hope you enjoy them FOREVER!

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  15. Those socks really are lovely, they look so cosy and gorgeous colours xx

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  16. I really must try crocheting a basket, they always look so effective. There's a yarn shop near here that has some on their counter for pens and things, it's such a good idea. CJ xx

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  17. Oh my goodness - those socks are adorable!! Such talent folks have don't they?

    And especially you dear Amy! Love seeing your crochet projects and wish you weren't so far away so you could teach me! Lol

    xoxo

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  18. Lucky winner. I have never seen crocheted socks, but these look so warm and too good to hide under shoes.

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  19. Fabulous socks! I have serious sock envy.... xx

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  20. oh such cute socks, you'll have very happy toes xxxx

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  21. Hey! For just a moment there I thought we were going to have a 'What colour are the Socks?' debate like the one surrounding That Dress a few weeks ago! Haha! Lovely cosy socks xx

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  22. Hi you can never show toooo much crochet,love it.Those socks are gorgeous.x

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  23. Those are the cutest granny socks! Lucky you!

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  24. Lucky you - those socks are cute !!!
    Xxx

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  25. What great socks. I'd not really thought about crochet for socks, as most people seem to post about them as knitting and on four needles. I must try an easy pattern in either format as winter is just around the corner here. Thanks for showing us your crochet marathon and take care.

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  26. I'm so glad you like the socks - and that they fit well.

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  27. I like the idea of crocheted socks. I want to knit socks one day but I don't get on with double pointed needles at all so perhaps crochet is the way forward given that is something I know I'll manage. I'm off to visit Gillian now! X

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  28. Those socks are so cute! Glad you got them!

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  29. My goodness, Amy! You've been a crocheting fool lol Seriously you've, made so many darling things, I almost want to take it up myself :)

    Love those socks!

    xo

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  30. Well my goodness you have been so busy. The basket is really fantastic, love the shade of pink. I am happy for you that you won those socks but have to also admit I am a bit jealous, I love them.
    Gillian is the best.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  31. Your crocheted socks are adorable. Love the colors! Congratulations on the win. The crocheted basket is lovely and would be so useful for storing bits and pieces.

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  32. I need to get on with my classes so that I can become better at crochet! You have officially inspired me! And those socks are awesome! What a fantastic gift! Happy weekend buddy! Nicole xoxo

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  33. Hi Amy,

    Love the fabulous socks and such bright and colourful ones.
    also enjoyed seeing all your wonderful crocheting - you have been busy.
    Enjoy the weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  34. I like them! I have never seen crocheted socks. Nice colors :)

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  35. How lovely for you, Amy! You'll be quite cozy in them.
    Amalia
    xo

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