Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Hat Series: Brainsuckers

I have created a monster! Actually, several.

When I was a kid, my brother would put his hand on my head and squeeze his fingers together. "Know what this is?" he asked me?
"No," I replied.
"It's a brain sucker and it's starving!"

Thus was the inspiration for my new line of earflap hats: The Brainsuckers. Although they have teeth and tentacles, they are friendly monsters and are completely harmless. One of their eyes is bigger than the other, giving it a cute, but crazed look.

First came Harry Brainsucker. After creating the prototype, I asked my 7-year-old to try it on so I could see how it looked on and get some pictures of it. He fell in love with it. "You made this for me, didn't you?" He was so happy and excited that I knit him a cool hat, I didn't have the heart to take it back. So, I had to make a second one.

After Harry, I created Squidly Brainsucker. Squidly has tentacles instead of teeth. He is pictured here in a lilac color, but I've also made him in gray.

Here is Squidly in gray.

Next came Sharkly Brainsucker. This is Sharkly in blue. I am working on an orange Sharkly for a customer. My kids suggested I do orange and black striped, so it could be a tiger shark. I'm not sure I want to do stripes....

I was on a roll! Next came Wally Brainsucker. Wally is a walrus with sparkly, silver whiskers and white fleece tusks.

I have more ideas for other Brainsuckers, but I am moving a little slower due to the Christmas order rush at my Etsy store. Stay tuned, though. More Brainsuckers are in the works! I am considering making a pattern booklet, too.

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