Haiku ~ Elephant

With your giant nose

You drink, pick things up, and slap

Most versatile tool.

 

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Projects ~ Yoda Hat

Yoda Hat

My latest project is this adorable Yoda hat. A few weeks ago, I was approached by someone and they asked if I could make one for them to give as a gift to a friend. I’ve never made something like this, and have to admit that I was both nervous (mainly because of the braids, which I have always failed at) and up for the challenge.

I’ve been wanting to expand my skills beyond standard hats, scarves, and shawls for quite some time but just haven’t bothered to. So, I went out online and looked for pattern ideas and got busy watching tutorial videos because this hat was made using techniques I’ve never attempted.

My first hat, while not bad for a first try was not up to my liking as something that for one was a commissioned piece, and two as something being purchased and given as a gift. So, back to the drawing board I went and I learned to do seamless crochet joins (goodbye ugly travelling line). After I finished the main body of the hat and earflaps, it was time to tackle the braids. Let me tell you, braiding yarn proved to be much easier for me than braiding hair!

I was really happy with the way that the hat looked after all the ends were woven in. Then, it was time for the ears. On the first hat, the ears that I had made were on the small side, not to mention they were on the flimsy side. So, for the second set of ears, I doubled my strands of yarn, and voila…firm ears which were easily shaped. These puppies have some body to them. The final step was attaching the ears, which I was admittedly worried about because spatial perception is not my strong suit…I know…an artist with poor spatial perception…such is the story of my life. 🙂

As you can see in the photo, the ears went on just fine. This hat is adorable. I am going to be moving on to attempt some other projects which will allow me to build even more skills. I’m looking forward to it and will be sharing as items are completed. After working on the hat for two weeks though, I think I just might be ready to take a little break and get into some of the art ideas that have been floating around in my brain for a little while.

Plus, I’m working on a shared story with my best friend Tabitha over at Sisters Of Wyrd, and it’s my turn to write the next installment. This is something we’ve been talking about doing for ages and we’re finally doing it. If you enjoy strange, dark stories, head on over and check it out. We aren’t on a schedule (because we both buck that sort of thing) but please subscribe if you like what you see over there to get notifications of new content.

One last thing before I go. I want to thank all of you for sticking with me while I was on an unscheduled break from things. Things have been on the difficult side in the past year and now that 2017 (the bastard) is over, I’m looking forward to a smoother and more productive 2018.