Lest you think all I've been doing with my time lately is reupholstering (although, weeks after finishing those dang chairs, it still feels that way), here is a smattering of recent crochet projects that probably don't each need their own blog post. Hopefully they don't feel slighted by having to share the spotlight, however dim.
Project 1: My little sister Bekah turned 20 a few weeks ago (happy birthday, Beeks!), and although I've never seen her carry a purse, I crocheted this for her:
this pattern for the bag and was pretty pleased with it--it worked up quickly and easily--although I kind of botched the lining. It will function just fine, and even has a cute little pocket (I tried to take a page from my friend Amanda's book by adding fun interior details):
Harry Potter nerdiness with this adorable necklace from Bit of Sugar, a super cute etsy shop that is not compensating me in any way for giving them a glowing review:
Project 2: I realized a while ago that the hot pads in my kitchen were, in a word, horrifying. I think there were little pieces of everything I've ever cooked burned into them, and although they've been washed a thousand times, I don't think they'll ever be the same. So I decided to crochet some cuter ones, thinking that surely my functional items could be adorable, too:
Project 3: Forrest's first birthday is swiftly approaching (how? how?!), and I thought it would be nice to crochet something for him. I'm sure this admission will win me top spots on plenty of Mother of the Year lists, but I've never crocheted anything for my own child. There are a few hundred children in the world sporting something I've crocheted for them, but the fruit of my womb is not one of them. (Okay, not exactly true. I did make him a winter hat last year, but honestly, it wasn't all that cute, and I only let him keep it because I didn't think I'd be able to sell it.) (But I'm not that awful . . . I did make him a baby quilt!) So his first birthday seemed like an appropriate time to finally crochet something for him.
a pattern from Crochet Today magazine (minus the clown car . . . ). I'll admit, it doesn't look that cute in the picture I took, but it's actually really precious in real life. One problem: it. is. gigantic! I tried it on him (I know, I spoiled the birthday surprise!) and it kind of looked like a huge breastplate. I doubt it'll fit him until he's 2 or 3, so I guess I'm starting from square one for a birthday gift for him. Oh well, at least he'll look real sweet in a year or two, wearing his sweater vest!
I'd like to crochet a blanket for him, but I know it would come in second place for him--the lovable-cuddly-comfort-blanket spot has already been taken in his life: