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Month: August 2016

Crochet Organization

For the rest of 2016, our family theme is organization as we are looking to move in a year we need to take care of our clutter. Since we will be knee deep in stuff we might as well organize it. I mean seriously organize it like put stuff in boxes, writing down was in in said box and put that info in a database.

One area for me personally that would be so much easier to use is all of my craft stuff which is primarily yarn. To better get a handle on just how and where to store my yarn, I have decided to think of the projects I am likely to do in the next six -eight months.

I like to do something for Halloween and for Valentine’s Day. I’ve done small monsters, gnomes, and even more monsters in the past. This year I have two ideas that would both be cute.

One is Pokeballs building on my Gen Con venture. The other is snakes and possibly some dragons. The snakes I had made for a girl and her brother since they have a pet snake making one to look like her snake and one to favor a Ninja Turtle since the boy loves Ninja Turtles. Since I plan on making more Pokeballs for PaxSouth, I am leaning towards the snakes and adding some wings for a few dragons. Wow. I think I’ve made my decision. It’s amazing what just talking (or writing!) it out really helps bring clarity.

Projects I know I will have within the next six months:

Halloween happies
Valentine’s Day happies
Pokeballs for PaxSouth
Baby Gift (x2)

Holiday Crocheting
Mermaid afghan (possibly 2. Large project. I’m terrible with large projects.)
Crochet Hats

So yeah for a lot of this I don’t have the yarn yet or maybe I do once it is all organized. I may have more yarn than I realize.

For my actual yarn organization, I am using clear, shallow, plastic boxes with the idea that only one layer of yarn will fit. I’ve tried larger boxes but find that after time the yarn will tangle once I start going through the boxes to find something. I had tried using gallon Ziploc bags so the yarn wouldn’t unravel but find that solution tiring. Maybe a better organization system would mean grouping better yarns together. Before I had just done it by color which – in hindsight – wasn’t the best. This time I plan to group by weight and projects.

Gen Con Pokemon Crochet

Crafters are pretty cool people. Not only do they make creative things but they are also very generous. A while back I had seen a Twitter post from a fellow crocheter who spent the last year making cute, geeky amigurumi to hide at a con she was attending leaving each one with a note to tag her on Twitter to see where her creation would wind up in the world. I just thought that was the coolest thing and vowed that I would do the same.

So I had planned on doing all these great amigurumis for Gen Con but then procrastination and a general lack of desire to crochet took hold. The months passed and I still hadn’t made any amis as Gen Con just got closer and closer. Then, a bit of inspiration happened with the release of a mobile game called Pokemon GO. I could crochet Pokeballs for people to find. Pokeballs are basically a ball made up of three colors – red, white, and black – with the white and black button in the center. I had all the colors in my stash and could easily buy more if I ran low on the long car ride to Gen Con. So our journey to Gen Con began and so did the crocheting.

pokemaking

I tweeted it out and realized the power of the hashtag as I quickly had two likes! I continued to crochet Pokeballs and halfway through our journey I was up to 8.

pokemake8

Our trip took so long because we made a few stops to pick up the rest of our crew. By the time we rolled into Indy I had 16 and decided to stop there meaning that we could hide four pokeballs a day.

pokeballsready

We concentrated on places that were Pokestops to increase the odds a player would find them but really it seemed every other person was swiping their phone to catch Pokemon all over the convention center. It was so much fun to hide Pokeballs and then to see people find them. Good stuff. We did get a few tweets back from those who had found them which was awesome. Some Pokeballs we did give away to kids dressed in Pokemon attire which was too much fun.

I will definitely do this again next year. It was a blast from crocheting for hours in the car to hiding the balls to reading tweets from others. I will be doing more Pokeballs for PaxSouth in January. I can’t wait to get started.

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