That got me to thinking about what I could come up with to fix this dilemma. I had seen a package at Target for a bun shaper that was just a foam version of a rolled up sock, but as it only came in the more traditional hair colors (blonde/brown/black) I wasn't interested. Hmm... But maybe I could come up with something myself...
Then I did a google search for hair rats. Uh, yeah, they used to call them hair rats. Apparently there's all kinds of awesomeness out there for diy-ing your own hair rat (or hair shaper, if you prefer a less disgusting phrase) out of your own hair! Rad! Perfect match! But that takes months, and I really needed something that I could use right now...
Crochet to the rescue! I had a giant bag of left-over pink yarn from the Think Pink blanket, and one of them was a dark pink cotton that was a close-enough match to work for my ratty purpose!
I crocheted myself a pink bun shaper (the coolest part was that I was able to make it much larger than the shapers that are for sale right now)! I like it even better than my previous rolled up socks, because you couldn't bobby pin the sock into place, but with a crocheted shaper you can bobby pin right through the stitches. It feels much more secure, which I didn't even realize I had worried about before (but duh, who would want a rolled up sock to fall out of their hair in a meeting? LOL!)
I love mine so much, I had to make one for Mims. If you want to make one too, this is how I did it:
Better Than a Sock Bun: Crochet Bun Shaper
Worsted weight cotton yarn
Size G crochet hook
R1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across (27 st)
R2-16: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each st across (27 st)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Starting at ch end, roll up the crochet piece into a long tube. Whipstitch the tube closed so that it's nice and smooth.
|I used pink yarn so that you can see where the whipstitching should go.|
When you make yours please use the color that matches the bun shaper! LOL!
Now curve it around and whipstitch the tube ends together to make it into a donut shape. Make sure the ends are really securely stitched. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.
|See! You can't see the whipstitching when you use matching yarn to stitch it together!|
Yippee! Now you can use it to make your bun look amazing and huge. Because this is the one place in a lady's life that having huge buns makes us happy! LOL!!!
If you've never done a sock bun before, here's a quick rundown of the steps:
1. Put your hair into a ponytail
2. Pull the ponytail through the bun shaper
3. Wrap your hair around the bun shaper to cover it up
4. Bobby pin the hair into place around the bun shaper
5. Show off your awesome HUGE bun! :D
**If you're not familliar with Sock Buns, there's a great set of instructions HERE that are crochet free and you can be out the door in 3 minutes!