Y'all, I have done it. I have surpassed my own expectations for myself. I have reached the pinnacle of yarn perfection and alumni pride.
I figured out how to crochet a Tar Heel.
I would like to say this is the product of toiling and working and figuring out a pattern over many years, but frankly it occurred to me in a flash of brilliance while I was at work. And as my Mimi always said (and even cross-stitched onto a pillow), "Even planning can't beat dumb luck."
My Phi Beta Chi big sis, former roommate, and one of my dearest and best friends is having a baby, a sweet little boy due in August. I know this baby's mama well. I lived with her for two years, after all. But I also know this baby's father. He went to college with us, too...and he will undoubtedly raise his child an avid Carolina fan (and future alumni). I LOVE when I see parents raising their children correctly...
But I digress. I was looking for THE perfect baby hat to make for this kid. When our other best friend had a baby, I made her the very first of my adorable owl hats that are so popular. But she had a girl, and this new little one is going to be a boy. Plus, I wanted an excuse to try a new pattern. I poured over my Pinterest crochet board, trying to decide on THE perfect hat...when I saw a pattern I had pinned for crocheted baby booties.
And the sole of a baby bootie looks awfully like the main part of the Tar Heel foot...
Just goes to show, you never know when inspiration will strike.
And CLEARLY my new "nephew" is going to need a Carolina hat. What sort of remiss auntie would I be if I did not instruct him in the ways of light blue from the moment he was born? So I made a Tar Heel. I made a hat. I sewed them together. And voila.
The best part is, the Tar Heel can be added to anything...blanket, scarf, hat, diaper cover. Any plain flat crocheted surface, really. I could put it on hair clips, a pin, you name it. Any and all crocheted orders will be a while because of the wedding coming up, but if you need an order for next fall, let me know...
...my master plan to take over the world with Carolina fans has begun. :-D
Ahhh, fall...the season of football games, boots and jeans, scarves, spiked apple cider, bonfires...and crochet?
That's right - Mimi's Heart (aka my Etsy shop) has a fully restocked inventory of handmade baby goodies. Got a bun in the oven? Need a unique baby shower gift? I am always MORE than happy to take custom orders, so if you want something I don't currently have in stock, or if you need something to match a certain outfit, please don't hesitate to send me a message. I can do adult hats, too. Do not be shy to hit me up with custom requests!
There are, of course, some designs that are more popular than others, but I wanted to take the time now to show off some of MY personal favorites. Don't forget to check out my Etsy shop to see the rest of my stockpile. Seriously, some of these are cute enough to make you want to have a baby...or at least borrow your friend's baby for the day (Miss Victoria, I'm looking at you, kid!).
Button is one of my favorites. This is not actually a baby hat, because I was worried little ones would pull off the buttons and try to eat them, but it's perfect for a child of 4 - 5. It's playful, it would match a ton of outfits, and the colors are very muted and fall-like. A bargain, at only $15!
My most popular design by far. I had a ton of requests for these last year, including a baby boy boy owl version and a hot pink and black owl version. This is a toddler-sized hat, but I can easily make one for an infant. This one goes for $20, but for an additional $10 I can also throw in a matching diaper cover - perfect for baby photos! And please remember: I do custom orders. Just ask.
I don't know why, but this hat reminds me of France. Maybe it's the colors, maybe it's the little red poppy flowers, but for whatever reason it screams "French" to me. That's why it's one of my favorites. How cute would this be on a little girl? TOO cute, is the answer. And for $15, another steal! If only airfare to Paris were so cheap...
Dark pink and cream, a dreamy hat for your little queen. I LOVE the rich pink color of this hat, along with the tinge of pink in the cream flowers. It's so elegant and perfect for fall and winter. I kind of want to make myself one, but I cannot find those beautiful flowers anymore. So snap up this hat while you can!
Spice in Green
Add this hat to the list of Endangered Species of Fake Flowers. I can't even remember where I bought this, much less that they would still have it. So snap up this beauty while you can, along with its sister, Spice in Red. How adorable would this be on a little girl wearing a denim dress by a pumpkin patch?! Again, I kind of want to make one for me!
So there they are, my top five (in-stock) favorites. I'll hopefully work on some new designs soon, but wedding planning and life in general have gotten pretty busy. So stay tuned and check the shop (and the blog!) often! And by all means, stay warm, y'all!