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