Stuffing For Brains

But the hat and scarf are sooo delightful.

I'd been looking for a good pattern for a hat for a while, but having trouble, because I don't actually like hats very much. I was frustrated till my friend showed me this pattern from I liked it right away, so I made it my project for the September Church of Craft meet up.
The hat is convertible, so it can be either a hat or a cowl. Or a hat that you can pull your hair through. If you look at the pattern, the girl who made it models her own hats in all the styles that you can wear it.

I really liked the way the brim of the hat was made, because it switches off between front post and back post double crochet stitches, so you get this really cool ribbed effect, which is very soft and squishy. Because I loved the color of this yarn so much and the brim of the hat, I went ahead and made myself a scarf to match. It's extra long, too, and I love to wear it.

The yarn is, I think, my favorite yarn to date. Caron Simply Soft Eco, Ocean. Caron's Eco yarn is made 100% from recycled bottles, but it's seriously soft. Their Eco colors are also really awesome.

I made these items in September of 2009.
I have this sort of obsession with roses... I really like them. So while bumming around the internet, I found this pattern for a crochet rose. So I decided to give it a try.

I used Lily Sugar n Cream yarn, Hot Orange.
This rose was made in July of 2009.
I go to a craft group called Atlanta Church of Craft (there are Church of Craft groups all over the country, and maybe even in Canada, so if you're looking for a craft group, look up Church of Craft in a nearby city). The very first time I went, I didn't have a project to work on... and I was all shy and worried. My friend had the book, Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. I flipped around through it and found this adorable little drawstring bag. The pattern actually says to make it with something like an E hook, but I wanted a purse sized bag, so I made it with an H/8 or something, instead. I liked the way it turned out in the end and gave it to my future sister-in-law as a gift.
This bag was made with Caron Simply Soft Brites, Blue Mint. My anthropologist friend, to whom I gave an amigurumi skull, really liked the bag when she saw it finished. So, for her birthday, I made one for her in bright green, her favorite color, using Caron Simply Soft Brites, Limelight.
The only difference, apart from the color, between the green bag and the blue bag is that I made the green bag with little flower dongles, because I didn't like the dongles on the original pattern very much. They were weird clover shaped things that claimed to be hearts. lol So I just hunted through the Googles looking for pretty motifs and found this pattern. Making this particular flower motif, I had to learn how to do a cluster stitch, which was cool. :D

Both bags were made in July of 2009.