Crochet project #5: FINALLY done!!

Wow, this hat took a shockingly long time to complete. I am terribly sorry, fellow crafters: I’ve just been so busy and it’s been difficult for me to find time to crochet. I hate to say it, but I think that I’m only going to be able to get 6 hats done this summer. I’m panicking too badly about my work load next semester, so I am trying to get as much of my comps reading done in the next three weeks as I can… My next (and probably last) hat will be the cute baseball hat I posted about several weeks ago.

Despite the fact that I am falling short of my crocheting goal, I am proud of everything I have done so far, and hopefully this winter– and definitely next summer– I will be able to make even more stuff to give away!

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Ravelymp… I mean, crocheting during the Olympics!

Crochet project #5: Baby girl’s flower hat

I would have loved to have gone to an Olympics crafting party last night, but working on my hat at home was very nice too. I know that I was thinking about starting the baby’s baseball hat the other day, but my antsy feeling to try a new kind of stitch overwhelmed me (not really, but you know). Here, I used a back post double crochet stitch, which creates a nice texture for the brim and will be flipped up. The Olympics Opening Ceremony is a great time to get some crafting work done, because a) it’s long, b) it’s entertaining television, and c) I can’t read and watch TV at the same time because TV is usually more stimulating.

I have to admit that when the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics was just getting started, I was a little unimpressed. Granted, I may be biased because I don’t think that the opening for the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be topped for a long, long time (and Danny Boyle himself said that he was glad that their opener was better because he knew he couldn’t top it, meaning he could do whatever he wanted). I get that it was meant to trace London’s history from egalitarian to industrial revolution to modern day, but the history geek in me was like, “Where are the medieval castles??” I also thought that the beginning part of the industrial revolution segment was a little, well, dumb, but once the drums came in, it got a lot more entertaining. The appearance of Voldemort and other villains was very cool (especially given that JK Rowling was one of the cast and I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd), and I did love the dancing in the “modern era” segments. There were a few parts that were a little odd, like the giant baby in the middle of the stadium, but overall, I ended up being impressed. So kudos, Danny Boyle, ya did good.

I wish I could do nothing but crochet for the next 2+ weeks and watch the Olympic games, but unfortunately it is almost August and I am feeling a little anxious about my current state in relation to comps. While I have my 5 major questions decided upon, I only have 2/3 minor questions solidified. I also need to start writing 3 page papers on each of my questions so that I’m not in full-on panic mode when school starts. Too bad I’m not inspired to do a read-athon or something– that would be awesome to do while having the Olympics on in the background (if I were capable of such a feat). Oh well. I’ll make do with crocheting a bit while watching the Olympics on occasion.

Crochet project #4: Complete!

Yeah, 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet is pretty much the best purchase I have made this summer. I just want to make more flowers– which means I will need to cave and buy some more yarn so I can have a wider array of colors– though I have to keep focused on my mission of completing 10 hats to donate this Fall. Flowers don’t take that long, though, so I could make some for fun. I just LOVE the Irish rose on this hat– it’s so big and is perfect for the size of the hat!

But don’t worry! The dianthus I also made is not going to go to waste (not that I waste anything I make– I would have turned it into a lovely decoration for my corkboard at work). As I was digging through my Grandma’s yarn to find more pink, I came across a fabulous pale pink skein that complements the dianthus beautifully. I think I am going to make this hat for a 6-9 month baby girl. I feel kind of bad because I am clearly having much more fun making things for girls. I found a gorgeous blue in my Grandma’s stash that I am thinking of making into a Captain America hat for a 3-10 year old boy. It’s not copyright infringement if I’m not making any money off of it, right? I just figure that boys like to feel like superheroes (so do lots of girls, for that matter :-)). No idea how I’ll make the “A”, though…

Crochet project #4: Irish rose or dianthus?

I decided to dive in to my new 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet book and make two flowers to see how they would look with my hat, and I can’t choose which one I want to put on it.

The Irish rose is nice, big and pink– perfect for a little girl’s hat (I know I would have loved it). I actually messed it up a little bit and gave it an extra petal in the two outermost rows, but it’s still round.

The dianthus is just beautiful, and it is a little bit smaller than the Irish rose. If I go with the dianthus, I would make a few apple blossoms to put around it. Ordinarily I would make a couple more dianthus flowers and put the bunch off-center and closer to the ear. However, this hat is going to have ear flaps like the panda hat, and I don’t think that a large bunch of flowers would look very good on top of an ear flap.

When the body of the hat is complete– ear flaps and all– I am going to go around all the edges with the Watermelon yarn, kind of like I did with the panda hat, and then I’ll braid all of the strings together.

The hat should be done within the next couple days. I really have discovered how great it is to crochet on the stationary bike, because not only do I stay on it longer, but it is all kinds of awesome multi-tasking.

Crochet project #4: Flower hat

I had been thinking about doing a flower hat for a toddler for some time since I started this hat-crocheting frenzy, and I had seen many examples of flower hats that people on WordPress have made themselves. However, I have never made a flower before, and I could only find a couple patterns between my Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and The Crochet Bible books. I started the hat yesterday while sitting at the DMV and was only thinking about the colors that would go well for a to-be-determined flower.

But then I was at Barnes and Noble last night, and lo and behold, I found this: 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet. Angels sang and grown men wept tears of joy.

Leslie Stanfield is absolutely amazing: the designs are based off of actual flowers! One could create their own yarny garden, if they wanted! Unfortunately, many of the flowers I like are knitted, and maybe when I get more confident in my flower-crocheting abilities, I will modify the patterns (or I’ll relearn how to knit). For now, I am particularly partial to the geranium, auricula, Irish rose, helenium, and dianthus patterns. The fuchsia flower is really beautiful too and would make for good tassels, though that may be going a bit overboard. I’m debating if I want to put one giant flower on the hat (Irish rose would be perfect) or if I want to put several smaller flowers. I am going to have to delve into my own yarn stash for this, since I have a wider variety of vibrant colors than my Grandma’s stash has, but I’m not breaking my self-imposed rules: the bulk of the hat is made of her own lovely Caron Simply Soft No Dye Lot yarn.

Bouquet of pens

Do you remember that line in “You’ve Got Mail” when Tom Hanks (narrating an email to Meg Ryan) says: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address”? I bet you wanted a bouquet of some kind of writing tool after hearing that adorable statement. Well, my friends, look no further:

Who doesn’t need a really lurid pen?

You will need:

Write Dudes Style Ballpoint Pens ($1.88)

Silly Straws ($1.50)

Small fake flowers ($0.94)

Bead Treasures Glass Beads (Ombre, $2.47)

Jewelry Wire, 24 gauge (~$2.00)

Silver star stickers (~$1.00)

Paper (for name tags)

A hot glue gun

Clear packing tape

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