Apparently I just don't crochet enough in the summer! I have made a few things though, but I think the warm weather left the crochet maniac in me uninspired and melting every time I tried to make anything long-term. But it's almost Fall now, and I feel the tug of the yarn and thread lover in me, ready to get back into crocheting for hours on end.
I've started with a project that I've been meaning to make since I first started crocheting (still less than a year ago!). I finally made the victorian-inspired lace bracelet from crochetme.com (http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/112678.aspx).
I used a 1mm steel hook instead of the 1.65mm that the pattern calls for. I like my stitches, whether with thread or yarn, to look nice and tight, so I prefer the smaller hook with the crochet thread. I also used the coral Aunt Lydia's crochet thread, 100% viscose from bamboo; I LOVE this bamboo thread. So soft!
I've got teeny tiny wrists so the bracelet turned out okay for me, but if you're going to use a 1mm hook, it would probably be best to make 1 or 2 extra circles to add some length.
I really hate having to tie a bracelet on, I'm not patient enough to tie a bow with one hand while trying to hold the bracelet in place with the fingers on the hand that it's going to be on. So, I threaded some pretty ribbon through the circles as specified but I tied a bow at one end and sewed it so it wouldn't undo. Then I added a bit of chain and a clasp at the back. I also added a couple little clock hands charms by the bow for a little extra something. I love it. Then I spray starched and ironed it (with my hair straightener, since I don't own a real iron; it worked pretty well :P ), instead of my usual sugar water blocking, because I wanted to keep the softness of the thread.
I'm really happy with the finished product. It was a pretty fast project and really easy to do.