A tisket a tasket, I start work on the eighth basket

The spring I feared might never arrive is here, and now that plants are beginning to bud and flower and leaf, there is not much I want too do outside of sit on my back deck and absorb enough of the warmth of this season to sustain me when the next winter arrives.

So while I was out on the back deck making my best effort to fully enjoy the increasingly longer, more languid days ahead of me, I decided that in addition to storing up warmth for the winter, I could also use the time to begin work on the eighth and final basket I need to finish in order to make progress on my efforts to get organized.

Yesterday, using a K hook and two strands of my beloved Red Heart Super Saver in the lovely spring-like color turqua, I got a start on my eighth (and for now) final basket:

Ikea Expedit crochet basket
I get a start on a turqua crochet basket

Today, I built on those efforts and got even further:

Ikea Expedit crochet basket
I finish the base and begin working up the side of the crochet basket

With substantial progress made on the basket, I then turned my efforts toward my 2014 World Cup soccer ball efforts. The challenge in front of me today: devise an African Flower hexagon based on the German flag.

After consulting with a friend about what color of Red Heart Super Saver yarns to use, I got to work, and here is what I came up with:

German flag crochet hexagon crochet soccer ball
African Flower crochet hexagon inspired by the German flag

The distribution of colors is not perfectly equal, but I preserved the shape of the African Flower hexagon, and successfully (I think) evoked enough of the design of the German flag it is meant to commemorate.

So now that I am making progress on the hexagons, I need to get busy and write the directions so that anyone who wants to crochet a 2014 World Cup commemorative soccer ball can do exactly that.