For those of you who feel the need to ignore your desire to create when the heat goes up, I have compiled some ideas for great summertime projects to keep you motivated.
This summer I worked on spherical earrings shown below. ( Refer to https://mspremiseconclusion.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/the-ideal-crochet-sphere/ for patterns for making the perfect sphere and use the spheres to make earrings, necklaces or bracelets.)
The earrings shown below were made by crocheting a sphere in the smallest size, using a 1.25 mm crochet hook and LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel in the color Khaki. I added a 10 mm wooden bead inside before the last 2 rounds of the sphere were completed. Then I inserted crafting wire through the sphere and the holes of the bead leaving enough wire to create a closed loop at the bottom and a wrapped loop at the top. You may add bead caps at either end before creating the loops if you desire. Once the loops were made, I added a bead dangle at the bottom (you may also add them to the top) using small beads on wrapped or unwrapped loops. All in all, you will have beautiful new earrings for yourself or to gift, in more or less an hour!
I crocheted my hat using DMC Petra Cotton #3 held double in Grey and Drops Belle in white and a 2.75 mm hook. It is important to read the questions posted by readers of the blog because there is a lot of information in the answers. For example, if you have never stiffened crochet before, you will find good advice on how to do so.
This summer I created my “Just Chilling” Socks which are a spin-off of My Sweet Sock pattern found here. These are crochet socks I made this summer using a 3.25 mm crochet hook and a yarn set that I purchased as part of the June installment of Crafternoon Treats' Yarn Club (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrafternoonTreats) . You can hear all about this make on my the last two episode of my podcast that you can find here: mind-and-muse-craftsepisode-29-the-gray-one-7262019.html
This summer I worked on the Mama Moon Bag by Emily of https://www.makeeshop.com/ . Emily has written a great pattern that is easy to follow and provides attractive results. I purchased 5mm macramé chord from Amazon and used a 10 mm crochet hook. The project can be made in a day (if you have strong elbows and shoulders). However, I am still waiting on a Catch Tuck Lock clasp and handles and I'll take my bag out on the town!
This summer I worked on the Summer Tide Slip-on Shoes using her pattern with a 3.5 mm hook and Sanibel Yarn (42% Cotton, 58% Viscose) in the French Lavender colorway held double. This is a yarn from deep in my stash and it has since been discontinued yarn. You can hear all about how I made my shoes on my the latest episode of my podcast that you can find here: mind-and-muse-craftsepisode-29-the-gray-one-7262019.html