Definitely the most tricky was this hat:
I have to say I regretted my choice of main fabric fairly quickly ... it was very unforgiving and showed every mistake. That said, I learned a lot and I'll be making this hat pattern again in a summer fabric and with a wider brim soon. I'm also very tempted to order the fedora pattern too.
I had some fabric left over, so I made a clutch bag to go with the hat:
And I have some off-cuts of both the main and lining fabrics left over, sitting on the dining table (my work space) right now, while I contemplate what to do with them (I've got a few ideas - watch this space!). I love that Japanese fabric with the hexagons - so pretty and such a shame it was the end of the bolt so I couldn't buy any more.
More left-overs from a Christmas project were used to make another clutch bag in the same style:
This was used extensively on a recent holiday to Cuba. It's a great size bag for some money, keys and a cell phone! OK, the patterns don't match up properly, but I was quite pleased with this one and I use it a lot.
I get really stuck when it comes to the men in my life. What can I make for them? I made A a tie, but he rarely wears them for work so, while he likes it, it hasn't been worn yet. What else can I make for him? Handbags are out ... jewellery too for the most part (and I haven't learned how to make cuff links yet - but then, he doesn't wear those much either!). He has covers and cases for his gadgets already ... what's left? Answers on a postcard please .....
I've made a few of these ties in this great fabric from Patty Young's Flora and Fauna range:
Everyone said that ties were impossibly hard to make, but I really haven't had a problem. They're just a wee bit boring - it's all that hand-stiching up the back of the tie that is a complete yawn ... but it really isn't difficult.
I've just picked up my knitting needles again for a change of pace ... more of which next time.