The hospital where I work was holding a Charity Carnival to raise money for its Needy Patients Fund and it put out a call. I answered and managed to contribute 8 hats that raised close to SGD500. It was done in record time, in my records anyway, finishing them in just under 4 weeks. Seven were crochet and 1 a knit.
All the patterns were experiments and spontaneous creations. Because I was tight for time, I didn’t put the patterns down in my notebook. Usually I try to at least draw the pattern on a card for reference later on should I want to repeat it. But I believe it shouldn’t be a problem if you are more than just a beginner crocheter. The patterns aren’t all that complicated, in my opinion.
I prefer to create as I go along because it gives me lots of space to really make something of my own. It doesn’t bother me if I have to unravel and do it again. I can accept that totally.
In fact, I call that the brain-tickling part. It stimulates me to look at where I went wrong, and to think things out logically before I continue with the construction. I must say, there’s quite a bit of engineering going on here. And maybe that’s where the appeal really is.
After the 8th hat was finished, the pain at the bottom of my right forefinger had gotten so bad that I had to hang up my hook for a bit. But it’s for charity and so it was totally worth it.
Picture on the right shows the stash of leftover yarn at the end of this project.