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!
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!