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FO Friday: Say 'Yes' to More Yarn Things!

I know some people like to slow down their knitting and crocheting in the summer months, but I get really excited about yarny projects this time of year.  I don't know if it's because most woolen accessories aren't needed and that takes a lot of pressure of me, or if it's because summer heat almost always ensures that I'm going to pick small projects (that finish up pretty quickly), but I really get excited about knitting and crocheting in the summer.

Fine.  I'm always excited about knitting and crocheting.

But!  Still!  It was a pretty fun couple of weeks for knitting and crocheting.  There's a secret project that I just finished, but can't talk about because it's my sister's birthday present.

Sidenote: Hi Laine!  Thanks for reading and I hope you have a fantastic birthday!

The other projects, though, are up for discussion. 

My four-patch version of the Nine-Patch Dishcloth from Dishcloths was really fun to work on, and it helped me get the hang of crochet clusters.  It's not the quickest project because of the seaming, but it's not the worst project either.  Working on squares when you get the chance makes this a pretty laid back project.  And one that's just plain pretty.

I also made my very first Crochet Surprise Sweater, and I really enjoyed it.  Crocheting a sweater that was all in one piece blew my mind just a little bit, and resulted in a really unique sweater.  I can't wait for it to reach its intended recipient and I'm already thinking about my color options for another one.

After a few false starts, I triumphed and made the Simple Beanie from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps.  We're not nearly far enough into summer for me to start pining for chilly winter weather just yet, but I am excited to know this pretty hat will be waiting for me this fall.  I love these circles, man.  Love 'em.  Let me say for the millionth time how much I love blue yarn.  L-O-V-E.

And even though I realize winter is far away, I wanted to get a jump on my gifts early this year.  I crocheted the Quick and Easy Twist from Crochet Cowls in a ridiculously short amount of time last weekend.

Then I overheated.  Super bulky yarn will get you every time.

Which is why these next couple of  knitted projects are not modeled.

I knitted the Ribbed Hat from Expand Your Knitting Skills in the Child and Medium Adult sizes.  I'm going to give them to my dad for Father's Day so that he and my little girl can have matching hats when they have outdoor adventures.  The pattern is just K4P4 ribbing in worsted weight yarn and Size 7 needles.  It's simple perfection.

And this is another Sockhead Hat (free Ravelry download) I made because I like slouchy hats, and because I've had this yarn for far too long.  I used Size 1 needles and a little over a skein of Red Heart's Heart and Sole sock yarn.  I still have some left, and I'm using that to make a smaller version for my daughter because I kind of want in on this matching hat action as well.

And now I'm out of projects.  A mini-Sockhead Hat aside, I don't really have any active projects on the hooks or needles and it creeps me out.  I'm freed up from gift knitting and crocheting for at least a month or two, so I think I'll take this time to knock out some hibernating WIPs and try out some patterns I've been chickening out on trying lately. 

Goodness knows I need to do something.  I'm feeling twitchy without having much to work on, but at least I have a lot to look forward to. 

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