Ok, so maybe I have huge plans for 2021 that are over my head. I am actually thinking of doing a year long KAL called Basket of Socks. It’s like the 52 weeks of socks or the box of socks KALs that many have been doing but this one is a basket that you buy or find or make yourself. And you do one pair of socks per month until you can fill the basket by the end of 2021. You can add any other item or fill it with other items as long as it is DK, fingering, sport or lace weight in a small accessory or toy or anything you knit or crochet to fill the basket with. You can use a kitchen towel or pretty cloth or anything you can to keep the dust out but you can keep photographing the items or the basket as it fills up.
I am looking on Instagram for basket of socks and there isn’t a lot but there is basket of yarn pics. Of course you can put the yarn in the wicker basket, basket bin or basket bag as you get it. I don’t have money for prizes and this is only an idea in my head but I’m going to keep going with it for 2021 and in December 2021, I hope to have at least 1 giveaway prize. I think the hashtag should be #basketofsocks without the year to take off pressure off when to complete this. During the year we can do related projects, prospects and prizes.
Maybe we can even have a way to merchandise it or sell our work. The are many possibilities. Let me know what you think. Connect to me on WordPress, Instagram and/or the MeWe Joyful In Tribulation Group to see more as it blossoms and more information comes out.
I have a Ko-Fi donation page! I want to get a Chicken Lady Fiber Arts or Cedar Hill Farm Company hand dyed skein of yarn for the #basketofsocks Sock Along here on Joyful In Tribulation presented at the end of the year.
Foundation: Loosely chain 92 (82 for L-hook), sometimes it helps to use a larger hook that is 1-2 mm larger for the foundation chain only.
Row 1: Starting from 2nd chain from the hook, *sl st 1, hdc 1* sl st 1, repeat this to the end (91/81 sts), ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: * 1 hdc, 1 sl st * 1 hdc , repeat to the end. Ch 1 and turn. (91/81 sts) [note: make sure you are going through the back 2 loops when you do your slip stitch because it looks like there are 3 loops to put the hook into but this is just the texture of the pattern]
After you do two rows, check to see if it is 34 1/2″ wide. If it is way off, unravel and go back to the foundation chain and add or take away stitches to get close to this number. Continue repeating Row 1 and 2 until you have reached a total of 35 1/4″ in length. In last chain do a cluster of (1 hdc, ch1 , 1 hdc) to turn to unworked side. Continue Row 2 around all three unfinished sides of blanket making a cluster of stitches at each corner to turn work. Your finished blanket should be approximately 36″ square. Each row is approximately 3/4″
For an heirloom quality blanket, try organic cotton or a soft fine merino wool. Acrylic is best for charity blankets because it can be washed in hot water and put into a dryer, but if it is for your own kids or someone you know, they probably would appreciate a nicer yarn with gentler care. A very soft acrylic chunky yarn is Bernat Softee Chunky but there are other really soft bulky yarns that might be more expensive but may be worth it.
These are not my patterns but these are so nice and I can’t wait wait to make a pair! If you would like to join me, please join the Joyful In Tribulation Ravelry Group and Hook the project. Please share your pics with our group! I have never made a pair of fingerless mitts and I can’t wait to start mine!