Everything that I have read tells me that crochet is “faster and easier” than knitting. Well, I’m still not convinced of the “easier” part. But I did find a project that fulfilled the faster part.
In April one of the many treasures that I brought home from the Yarn Shop Hop was some ropey t-shirt yarn.
I was novelty kind of thing that I would normally not even look twice at. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a yarn snob. Well….unless it has the world silk in it. And honestly. Is there anything better than adding silk to yarn??? But I digress.
What got my attention at the store was the samples. There were bright colored crocheted baskets. I was in the midst of Grandma’s flowered afghan, so my crochet skills were flowing. :) I was already wondering if I should make myself my own granny square afghan and here is the perfect bright-colored, small project! Much easier to tackle vs. a large color-filled afghan! And “Tee Cakes”? The name makes me smile and that is what anything yarn related does for me. Makes me happy in my happy place.
So a bright “cake” of green came home with me. I did not splurge on a designer hook. Instead I went to the ever-trusted Michael’s and got a gigantic size N. I was ready, but there were so many other things to do that came into my summer until about a month ago.
I streamed a classic Bing Crosby movie, Top o’ the Morning….which incidentally had knitting inspiration provided. This lady looks all smug with herself. :)
And while I enjoyed a little Bing, I started and finished my own crochet basket!
It was quick. But I have not fully embraced the “easy”. I had forgotten how to single crochet! So back to all of my helpful blog resources for a refresher. Then using this large of a hook made my hands cramp like you wouldn’t believe! Most of that is due to the fact that I am a VERY tight hooker (I think people crochet because it’s so easy to sound dirty :) ). But I was determined and persevered!
I tried to follow the pattern, and in fact tore it out after finishing it once because I didn’t think the dimensions were right. But sure enough. Doing it the second time resulted in the same dimensions. It looks a little larger in diameter and shorter in height than the ones on Ravelry and in the pattern picture. But I don’t care. I eliminated the handles and it is perfect for my guest bathroom!
All of the toiletries that you might have forgotten to pack in your suitcase can now be pulled out of the drawer and set on the counter. I love it!