For a while I went on a bit of a kick crocheting items related to video games (such as the Tetris blocks I've also posted here). A 1-up mushroom seemed like a pretty logical choice. (The same mushroom was also the first thing I attempted to cross-stitch. That didn't turn out quite as well, but that might have had something to do with my watching Casino Royale at the same time.)
Ice cream cone
I learned to crochet at the MU Women's Center, which holds a weekly "Stitch 'n Bitch" meeting where people get together and discuss all kinds of things while knitting and crocheting. At one of these meetings, I saw a ball of pink yarn with colored flecks throughout and thought, sprinkles.
I immediately decided to make a cupcake.
So I did, but it turned out looking much more like an ice cream cone. It turns out I like ice cream cones even more than I like cupcakes, so I just went with it.
I keep meaning to make the other four blocks to finish out the set; so far, it hasn't happened.
These blocks are a somewhat unusual project for me because they don't involve crocheting "in the round," as it's known. Instead, I've made these by making several flat squares and simply stitching them together. Sometimes simplicity's a good thing.
In early 2011, my older brother had his first child. I tend not to make many large, rectangular crochet pieces, but for my first nephew I had to make an exception. Our younger brother was painting a nautical-themed mural for his room, so I made a blanket to match. The signal flags on the sailboat display a code for "Welcome home."