It doesn't look like it right now, but this is going to be a hat. A cute little tiny-brimmed hat from this book. I made one of these in October (which was my First Hat, actually) and it sold at a craft fair. This one is going to be for me. In past years, I had the luxury of not wearing hats because they tend to look stupid on me, but I walk a lot and it's just too cold right now to be vain, so I need more hats. This one is interestingly constructed---you make this nice brainless rectangle piece, which is all just neat rows of half-double crochet that I plan to do while I watch some TV tonight, and then join it into a hat-sized cylinder and work the top in the round and add the brim.
I don't even remember how, but I somehow discovered the wonder of Craftsanity podcasts the other day. I listened to the most recent one, an interview with Anna of the adorable and amazing (adorabmazing?) Mochimochi Land, and I found the discussion that ensued about crafting weird, whimsical things really inspiring. I was finishing off my market bag (I actually have FO's for this Friday already! This is very exciting.) as I listened, and a crocheted happy tree popped into my head.
One of the things I miss most about seasons-that-aren't-winter (uh, besides ever not being cold) is trees. Not that the trees go anywhere for the winter, obviously, but I miss the colours and sounds and beautiful shadow-shapes created by their leaves.
I'm not sure about this yet, I think I'm going to frog the trunk and make it thinner, since right now it has a distinctly mushroom look. It's so, so nice to just work on something freeform, though! I've been following a lot of patterns lately, and I'm finding it really relaxing to just increase and decrease where I feel like it and not worry about lumps and bumps, because a tree's leaves are supposed to be unevenly distributed! If I like this enough to sew together, I may make some little polymer clay beads to make it an apple tree.
Year of the Rabbit, so I figured some bunny-making was in order. So far...just this partial head and ears. Held together (and given rudimentary eyes) with pins, so clearly, a voodoo bunny. Other planned bunny projects: giant bunny ami from Cuddly Crochet, possibly some bunny slippers.