These aren't the best pictures, but here are a pair of baby booties and hat I made from the book Essential Crochet by Erika Knight. I'm not sure I like the hat, but at least in yellow they should be ok for either/any baby gender...
My Favorite LYS in Santa Cruz is the Swift Stitch, on the Westside. The staff are very nice and most importantly, accommodating to crocheters. They have some really beautiful stuff, and always have something on sale. I am particularly keen on the 2 buck bucket, that usually contains deeply discounted yarns that have been discontinued. I almost had a heart attack this weekend when it was mysteriously absent, but I have faith that it will return!
I don't really carry a purse , so these are for other people. This first one is crocheted and has a magnetic closure with brown cotton lining. The button on the green one is functional and it is lined with the same fabric. It is crocheted in arcade stitch.
The final purse is unlined, and made from bits of a hand felted recycled sweater.
In keeping with the "testy" theme for at least one more post, here is a fun foram beret that I crocheted a while back. I think it would be fun to add earflaps yet, we'll see. It doesn't really get cold enough here to wear hats.
Real Planktonic foram for reference: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/image/foram.gif
I really wanted to try making my own crochet hooks. It seems like all the larger sizes are made of cheap annoying plastic, and I wanted wood. After a few trips to San Lorenzo Lumber for various tools and about 2lbs of wood shavings on my floor, here's what I ended up with.
It was surprisingly hard work, so I don't know if I'll go into mass production, but I really like them. I don't know anybody else who has crochet hooks with foram woodburning.