I found the cutest potholder and everyone is getting one this year. It's a strawberry. I believe it's a vintage pattern. It's a good pattern to work with because there is no sewing involved to put it together. It's crocheted in the round and then folded flat. I hope I have enough yarn so that I get one too. The free pattern for the Strawberry Potholder by momsloveofcrochet.com can be found here: http://momsloveofcrochet.com/StrawberryPotholder.html
My daughter has a friend whose baby is due on December 25th. She requested a striped elf hat. I found several patterns for free but I decided to try this one. I think it's adorable. It will look really great in a photo shoot with the baby.
The last item I have finished this month is the Henna Gloves by Brenda K. B. Anderson. The pattern can be found in the Jul/Aug 2012 issue of Crochet Today! So far I only have one pair done. I have to make another pair before Christmas. They will be for my nieces. I had trouble with this pattern. I don't know if it was the different hooks I tried or if it was the yarn. The yarn is no. 1 weight and the crochet hook recommended was a B hook, which was smaller than what I have used before for sock yarn. My problem was that the hook kept catching on the yarn when pulling through the puff stitches. On my next set of gloves I am going to try a C hook and see how that works. Hopefully the gauge will not be too far off.
Another ongoing project I have been working on are Spiral Scrubbie by Judith Prindle. I don't have any pictures for the scrubbies but I will try to get one posted before Christmas. I have to have them all done before then. It's a cute little scrubbie that's real popular to make right now. The link will take you to ravelry.com. You have to be a member to get on to the site but maybe there are other patterns out there for free that can be found if you can't get on the site. Like I said, the scrubbie is very popular.
The big project I started in July is still undone but I am excited about it. It is a Ripple afghan that my mother made about 20 years ago and I have envied it all this time and now I am finally making my own. I love the colors I found for it but I do get bored while crocheting it because a lot of it is single crochet so I crochet it while I am watching TV. After a couple of sc rows and I am bored and have to either quit or go on to one of my other projects. No picures of it so far. I will post one when I am done with it. I am not sure if it's going to be mine or not. I have someone in mind for it but still not sure.
I have one other item I have been working on. It's a bath puff. I will probably just keep those on hand to give out for presents during the year. I will try to remember to take pictures of them the same time I take pictures of the scrubbies. So that's about it. It's been awhile since I have posted so thought I would do a little catching up today. Have a great August, what's left of it!