st_aurafina: Shy guy from Mario, rendered in red wool (Crochet: shy guy)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
Have we settled on a name for this? Also, I shamelessly rely on later timezones for these posts, don't I? It's still Tuesday somewhere in the world, I reason. (Actually, by now, it's probably not.)

I'm still furiously crocheting hats, for no reason that I can decipher. I've got quite a pile now that I'm going to donate to Lifeline, even though it's summer here. Winter will roll around and someone will want a woolly beanie, I'm sure. I think I need to invest in a hat form or something, because hats photograph very badly flat, and some of them could do with blocking, tbh, but there's no point in blocking them flat, I'd need to block them on a form. I just don't know if I want one of those polystyrene heads looking at me all the time. Those things are creepy af.

Anyway, these are (some of) the hats, the ones that are ready to to donate:

Puff Stitch Messy Bun Hat:
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[Lime green puff stitch beanie with a hole at the top for your hair to go through]
This is a paid pattern, but it's well written and easy to follow, and I'd buy their patterns again based on this one: Paid pattern, by Elfine designs.

Owl Hat:
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[Pink and grey hat with an owl face, button eyes, tufted ears]
This is a good, free pattern, and I've made it a lot in a lot of sizes. I made this one side by side with my baby sister over Christmas to help her learn crochet in the round, and to get her started on following a pattern: Repeat Crafter Me's Owl Hat.

Simplicity Messy Bun Hat:
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[Navy blue hat with a hole in the top for your hair to go through]
Free pattern here: Simplicity Messy Bun Hat.

Rainbow puff stitch hat:
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[Rainbow hat in lime, blue, yellow, and hot pink]
Pattern is here: Perfectly Pink Puff Hat, the wool they used in this is sport, I used a DK, and it came out much smaller than I expected. But it's a cute hat for a kid-sized head, and the varigation in the yarn worked really well with the puff stitches. Would make again, but maybe in worsted weight.

Kitty Face Hat:
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[Grey kitty face hat, with crocheted ears, a white muzzle and black whiskers]
I used this as the base for the hat: Hello Kitty hat
I used this as visual inspiration for the face (there's no pattern there, just winged it): Someone's kitty face hat
And I got the ears from here: Moogly's cuddly cat scoodie. (They were good ears, and worked really well. Would use again, and might actually make the scoodie, if only because 'scoodie' for scarf/hoodie cracks me up almost as much as 'blarf' for blanket/scarf.) I gave this hat to a friend at work for her daughter, who hopefully at nine isn't too cool for a kitty hat. (Her mum says no, not too cool.)

Swirl Beanie:
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[Grey marle hat with ribbing and a button flower)
Free pattern here, which was fun to follow, and though I'm still getting the hang of fpdc/bpdc, I managed it okay: Swirl beanie.

I think I'm getting past hats now, though - I've got some kitchen cotton that I want to try making scrubbies with, if I can handle the texture. Cotton is sometimes okay for me and sometimes not. But I want something loofah-ish that I can rewash and so on, and I'm thinking I'll try cotton for that.

Also, the more yarn I use, the more yarn I can buy. I'm on a one-for-one deal here in the house - [personal profile] lilacsigil has declared my stash to be maximum size, so for one skein to enter, one skein must leave. It's like Thunderdome, only crueler.

ETA: Also I made this icon! GIP! Crochet GIP!

Date: 2017-01-25 09:14 am (UTC)
vass: Stitch roaring, on cross-hatched background, caption: "Cross Stitch" (Cross Stitch)
From: [personal profile] vass

Your hats are awesome. The rainbow puff stitch hat is particularly cute, and the cat one.

My craft for today: paracord cat collars. Paracord craft: it's macrame but for Manly Men Who Collect Knives And Wear Camo Everything. I mean, literally, it is the same stitches as macrame, but with more violent names and because it's paracord you can tell yourself the macrame bracelet you're wearing is a SURVIVAL ROPE BRACELET and in an emergency you can unravel it and, idk, loop it around something and rappel your way to freedom.

And having said that, I think someone has to include a character who actually does that in an e-romance.

Anyway, yesterday the escaped-convict orange paracord I ordered from eBay got here, so I'm gonna upgrade Bea and Dory's collars (the ones I made with plaited t-shirt fabric last year frayed a lot) and learn a new skill.

Date: 2017-01-25 11:28 am (UTC)
vass: Stitch roaring, on cross-hatched background, caption: "Cross Stitch" (Cross Stitch)
From: [personal profile] vass
Manlier than manly cod: you have to hunt it with a spear and then wrestle it, and even though it's a fish, it's still red meat.

Date: 2017-01-25 10:06 am (UTC)
tamsin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tamsin
I am in awe of your crocheting prowess. My favorite is the kitty hat, it's really cute!

Date: 2017-01-25 02:17 pm (UTC)
james: a tree against a yellow cloud background (Default)
From: [personal profile] james
I use stuffed animals for hat-photography! :-)

Date: 2017-01-25 02:29 pm (UTC)
mara: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mara
Those hats are adorable! I love them all.

I can only do simple hats on my knitting loom, but I'm trying to at least pick nice colors and do some different stitches. My hats are either going to the Interfaith Clothing Center or to the local nursing home, whichever I get to first, but wherever the hats go, the recipients deserve pretty hats :)

My fave design right now is this one, which is pretty easy now that I've got the hang of it.

Date: 2017-01-25 04:16 pm (UTC)
retsuko: (cool yuuko)
From: [personal profile] retsuko
That owl and kitty are just adorbs. Happy Sigh. This entry was an inspiring antidote to all the terrible news here.

(Also, I want to send you a Valentine, so please PM me your address.) :)

Date: 2017-01-25 08:54 pm (UTC)
talitha78: (amandajane5 pink kitties)
From: [personal profile] talitha78
Fabulous work! I especially love the kitty hat.

Date: 2017-01-25 10:04 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
Your hats look great. I want one.

For the hat form, maybe get a plastic skull? Or real skull. I'm not judging.

Date: 2017-01-26 12:41 am (UTC)
fosfomifira: (girl: dandelion)
From: [personal profile] fosfomifira
Look at all those hats! They're so cool! You're super cool for being so crafty. Go you!

(Can't wait for the weather to be cold enough for me to need to wear a wool hat. This summer has been awful).

Date: 2017-01-26 04:01 am (UTC)
adafrog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] adafrog
has declared my stash to be maximum size, so for one skein to enter, one skein must leave. It's like Thunderdome, only crueler.
lol She is so cruel!!!

Great hats.

Love the icon!

Date: 2017-01-26 04:16 pm (UTC)
summerstorm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] summerstorm

I love the grey marle hat best though. Totally something I'd wear. :D

Date: 2017-02-02 04:02 pm (UTC)
summerstorm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] summerstorm
Oh, I genuinely love that sort of thing! Cloches and kitty ears and stuff... Got into it when I was on Etsy, traded photos and whatnot for knitwear. :)

Date: 2017-01-26 08:35 pm (UTC)
genarti: Heap of balls of yarn. ([misc] the art of tangled fibers)
From: [personal profile] genarti
The hats are super cute!

I knit rather than crochet -- I keep vaguely meaning to learn crochet, but so far it's gone the way of all the other things I keep vaguely meaning to do -- and knitting hats involves more futzing about with circular or double-point needles, so I haven't bothered with too many. (Plus, my current project is I Am Going To Finish A Sweater For Real This Time Dammit, and will be for a good while yet.) But these are such a great collection of cute hat options!

Date: 2017-01-31 04:59 am (UTC)
earthspirits: (Default)
From: [personal profile] earthspirits
Loving ALL the hats! Super, super cute. : D

Date: 2017-01-31 06:02 pm (UTC)
batmarg: (Default)
From: [personal profile] batmarg
The hats look great & so wonderful you're donating them. I love the owl one & the swirl is very pretty. :)

Date: 2017-02-03 04:38 pm (UTC)
killing_rose: Raven/corvid in the frozen surf (Default)
From: [personal profile] killing_rose
Bowls. Or a foam ball, glued on a flat surface. (I have the same issue and I have a mannequin head for the photographing, but due to the whole 'fake hair' thing, I don't block on it.)


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