Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday - August!!??!!!

Seriously, where is the summer going? I swear it was just the start of June yesterday!  I'm not ready for the summer to end, but I am looking forward to nice cool temperatures and excuses to crochet hats...or maybe sew them!
Hats all cut and ready to go!
I have a large stash of this fabric, need to make more things with it!

Even though I'm not sure what happened to July, I did manage to quickly make my 5 hats for the challenge being run by Stache fabrics.  The challenge was to make hats in July for sick kids, using fun fabrics. I knew the entire month would be crazy busy, so I only committed to 5.  As it was, I made all 5 on the last day of the month.  It took me under 2 hours to do them all, so if I had started earlier I could have made a lot more! As soon as I start cutting into my other knit fabrics, I think I need to save the scraps and make another batch. 
Awesome Harry Potter fabric from Hapa fabrics

Springs Creative licensed fabric
I used the free Patterns for Pirates template and guide, which ended up with a slouchy style beanie.  The fabrics were either custom knits or licensed knits from my stash, plus the black is a new knit I found at Joann's with 4 way stretch and 'guaranteed not to pill'.  It's a thicker feeling fabric and definitely holds its shape so far! I originally got it to try making a better waistband on my leggings and arm and neck bands on shirts.  The hats I made with the band that match the fabric are much stretchier and softer, so hopefully they will go back to the 'right' shape after a wash or be nice and loose (without being too loose) on sensitive heads.

Star Wars zentangle style custom fabric from Hapa Fabrics
I made the hats in medium size, and they fit on my head, but the black banded ones are a smidge squishy on my brain.  The other ones fit fine but feel like I'm wearing nothing since they are so lightweight.  I'm tempted to make some for my own kids to use on cooler mornings, which are just around the corner!!  I bet these would also be perfect for babies in the fall or spring... or just cool houses!

Current Projects:

  • Ellen's Esplanade - in custom knit Disney inspired fabrics
  • Teacher purses ( fabrics all picked out, patterns printed and half cut out, goal is to finish before School starts 20 days.)
  • Springs Creative projects (2)
  • Swoon Sydney messenger bags for birthday presents (from April and May...)
  • Hats for kids - This was a July challenge, but I waited until the last day to start because I'm a master procraftinator.Done with hours to spare!
  • Prepare for sew along

Current Crochet Projects:

  • WeeBee baby doll  - Just needs some face details, and maybe a swimsuit to wear when she's not in her tail...bikini sort of works...made up my own pattern and it's interesting...
  • Chunky Unicorn Blanket - almost finished up to the hood, then just ears, horn, and fringe!
  • Figuring out C2C (corner to corner) crochet with some random scarfie yarn...couldn't find the matching yarn, picked up a solid in a very close color, but the weight might be different.  AAARGGHH!
  • Mermaid tail towel, 2 skeins of yarn into this, I must be doing something wrong because it's not THAT big yet and I only have 2 or 3 more skeins to go.
  • Started working on cowls for the fall because they are mindless and fast...but I really should totally finish them, not leave them with tails and button-less...

Next Projects: (orders and using up fabric)

  • Handkerchief Purse
  • Bag of the Month - Done 2 so far, the Minifacto and the Starlet Clutch, I think I need to do at least 2 more before the end of the year
  • custom knit leggings - Harry Potter marauder's map (?)
  • Tote bags using my coffee panels - India Swoon Pattern?
  • Baby quilt - Jungle Path pattern
  • Ruched Shirt
  • 2 more Sydney purses
  • Baby mermaid gown - Need to find the's in a packed box...still haven't found it...

UFO list:  

Fast finishes (hopefully)

  1. Crayon Rolls - precut and ready to be sewn
  2. Buttons on cowls
  3. Several random crochet hats that need ends woven in/buttons attached
  4. Replace stripped screws on Alice in Wonderland Daryl's Drive fixed one, need to get more screws because they are disappearing...
  5. Embroidered Fox pillow cover - just needs the back cut and sewn!

 Ready to go, but will take a bit more effort projects:

  1. Doctor Who Pick a Pocket - all the pieces are cut, just needs finished!
  2. Goldfish Lovey - fish is made, bowl is mostly made, needs put together
  3. Dragon Lovey - pieces and the blanket done
  4. Wisteria Wallets - 2 cut and ready to be assembled 
  5. Bella II in Tula Pink Foxfield - outside is done, inside is cut and waiting for me to finish
  6. Sea turtle crochet lovey
  7. Crochet Worgen 
  8. Alice in Wonderland Bonnie 
  9. Tulip pouches - have some cut out (pattern)
  10. Crochet Giraffe photographer  

Want to make - list:

  1. Legendary Quilt pattern pillow
  2. Pokemon quilts with custom fabric
  3. Cork purse (I have a stash I'm afraid to cut, but it's so pretty!)
  4. Shirts for myself using the custom knit (Harry Potter Ugly sweater fabric)
  5. Shirts/pants/leggings for my kids with the custom knits
  6. Purses with the custom knits (need to research the best way to stabilize) 
  7. Embroidered kitchen towels
  8. Peeker hooded towels  
  9. Giant vintage star quilts - Star Wars and Princesses
  10. zip around crayon rolls

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