Saturday, September 02, 2006

Crochet Baby Hat

So this is my latest Louisa Calder work of art. Looking at the ridiculous pixie hats, I thought to myself "just who in their right mind would be willing to step out sporting one of these ludicrous hats in public?" and then the answer came to me "a small child without the ability to protest". Since my friend is just about to pop out a new recruit for the sisterhood (ie, she's going to have a baby girl), I thought I'd make little Mae a hat that would be the cause of future embarrassment for her. Her head will hopefully be about the right size by the time the weather requires head attire (if my calculations are correct).

I haven't quite finished it off yet - I'm going to make it yet more foolish looking by adding some much needed ear flaps - but I'm pretty pleased with it so far, especially as the design was all created freestyle, based roughly on Louisa's basic hat design with a few modifications from me.

The amazing Louisa Calder

I can't keep away from Louisa Calder for long, no matter how much I may giggle at her indifference to professional finishings off and her cheerful habit of making things that any sane person would feel entirely humiliated to wear in public. On the one hand I'm bemused (and perhaps even a little exasperated) by her obsession with making everything in double crochet (US sc) no matter what, and her unfathomable need to finish everthing off in such a botched manner that it looks like she grew bored and gave it to a toddler to stitch together. On the other, I love the bright colours she uses, the way she creates neat little "bird in flight" effects and the fact that she really does go to town with the crazy designs without a care for taste. Check out these ties for starters. Can you imagine anyone actually wearing these things?! And what's with the random way they get larger and smaller? I mean I'm pretty lax at finishing things off, but if I were to publish a book of my creations I think I might start actually finding out what this "blocking" business is all about.

Still, if I had to pick a crochet spirit guide, I think it would have to be Mrs Calder. And now I'm looking at these ties, I'm suddenly seeing the next trendy ironic Hoxton boys fashion appearing before my eyes.

Previous Louisa Calder creations: Crochet Laptop Bag| Crochet Bag | Mobile Phone Case