Taking a short break from the simplicity posts to share what I have been doing lately. It seems that I am thoroughly hit with the crochet bug. I have always loved to crochet, but never had the time to really play with it as much as I would like to do. In the evenings, I have been sitting near my 18-gallon sized tote filled with yarn as I crochet on one project or another. Most recently, I have been working on making some baby blankets for gifts. I am nearly done with the last of those, finally! I am really a perfectionist when it comes to crocheted gifts. I can’t believe the number of times that I will frog a project until I get it looking the way I want it to.
Over the past few days has been a great example of my frogging. I am making 30 crocheted slings/bags for young girls to carry their water bottles in at a Jr Youth camp our church sponsors each spring and autumn. Little Miss will be attending the Jr Camp, so I thought it would be fun to make each of the girls in the dorms a little something to use at camp and take home. Thus, the idea of the water bottle sling came to fruition. I found what looked like a fun and easy pattern online. After three tries, I finally gave up. I used the hook size and gauge they suggested, but the bag was huge! Another pattern yielded similar results. I finally realized that they must crochet a LOT tighter than I do. Having arthritis in my hands, I cannot crochet that tightly. So, I finally got irritated with myself enough to just design my own pattern. I absolutely LOVE the results! These bags are far faster to make as well as being a very forgiving pattern. I use a much smaller hook than the other patterns called for. They used a size I (5.5mm) hook, while I am using a size F (3.75mm) hook. I am nearly done with writing the pattern and will share it in a couple days, after I finish the strap on the bag and take a picture.
It has been a long time since I have written a pattern, so this has been fun for me to do. It takes me back to my years as a craft designer, when I used to write and package patterns to sell. Times have changed a lot since then. After having written this one, I am thinking of writing patterns again and possibly selling them through Ravelry or Etsy. When I wrote patterns and did work as a designer for manufacturers years ago, it allowed me to tap into my creativity in a way that I found to be very enjoyable. I loved designing projects for others to enjoy making. Often, I would design projects for kids as well as those for adults. It feels good to get back in touch with that part of my life.