Sometimes you learn by doing

The stealth project is done.

All done.

Every stitch is crocheted, every seam is joined, all of the ends are woven in, and this time, I even got the pattern done.

I don’t remember the sequence of events that led me to this project, but I do know that it was shortly after I made a list of 51 projects I have made that are all done but the pattern, that this one came to me.

The vision was complete, but the details — not so much.

I had thought they would sort themselves out more quickly than they did, that I would finish the project and get the pattern written. In my head it was a one week project, two tops.

In reality it has taken me 30 days from inception to completed pattern to get this project ta-done.

Here is what my first effort to bring my vision to reality looked like:

first crochet peace sign
My first effort

It had the general espirt I was after, but it didn’t look in life quite as it had in my head, so I continued in my efforts, and I crocheted this:

crochet peace sign evolves
A few days later

I was definitely getting warmer, but I wasn’t quite there.

Then, after one more detour:

crochet peace sign evolves
A design detour

I had it figured out, and hook in hand, I moved forward until I found myself on the back deck with all of the pieces laid out and ready to be joined:

Crochet hexagons and crochet pentagons for a crochet soccer ball, crochetbug
Crochet hexagons and crochet pentagons

I started by piecing together the hexagons into panels, and eventually, I had three of them done:

peace sign crochet hexagons, crochet soccer ball, crochetbug
Three peace sign crochet hexagon panels

I continued with my yarn and my pieces and my seaming, and eventually, the soccer ball was ready to be stuffed:

peace sign crochet soccer ball, crochetbug
Crochet soccer ball surrounded by stuffing

So I fluffed, and I stuffed, and I fluffed and I stuffed, and I got closer to my goal:

peace sign crochet soccer ball, crochetbug
Stuffing the crochet soccer ball

I went to sleep, I woke up, I made coffee, I continued stuffing, and eventually, I finished the soccer ball:

peace sign crochet soccer ball, crochetbug
A crochet soccer ball in the wild

and now the soccer ball, like me is ready for the next adventure:

peace sign crochet soccer ball, crochetbug
A crochet soccer ball ready for adventure

And if you want to make your own peace sign soccer ball, you can find the pattern in my Ravelry shop.

Related information: Peace Sign Soccer Ball pattern for purchase

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