Although I don’t do it as often as I’d like, one of my hobbies is amigurumi – crocheted animals. I love the meditative way my hands work the wool, and the pure satisfaction when it creates something good. After sewing a fabric tray, juggling balls, and a couple of face masks, I’ve really started to enjoy hand-sewing in the same way. So today, I was looking forward to seeing what I could create out of a pair of socks and a needle and thread.
I’d bought a pack from a local shop that has everything in for only €3. I could have used a pair of my own socks, but I like them too much to cut up!
I put a show on Netflix and started cutting and sewing to create my new friend, confident it would only take me a couple of hours. I always seem to have confidence in the wrong things…
Six hours later I ended up with this. I think it looks cute, and I did enjoy it, but oh wow did it take forever! As I was rushing to get it finished, I can see that things aren’t quite looking right – why are the ears longer than the arms? The zebra was meant to have a woolly mane too, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it for the life of me, and literally tied myself up in knots (of wool) trying to figure it out, so this zebra has just had a hair cut.
I enjoyed the process of making this, and I think it’s really a fantastic and cheap way to up-cycle a pair of socks. Although I’m not so proud of my work, I’ve kept the pattern so I can have another go at this and not rush to get it all done in a day.