About 18 years ago the Woodchuck and I were given the gift of Jalen . We named him Jalen because due to familial duty and all that we had to include the name Simon and we searched high and low for something that flowed with Simon but couldn’t find anything until that fateful night at the end of March Madness in 1993 when the Fab 5 were …but you know all this already don’t you? Because Jalen Rose talked about it on ESPN one day and you were watching weren’t you? And you were going to let me just go on and on telling you a story that you already knew when you know that every second I spend writing is a second I spend not crocheting! Well his Mama named him Jalen but his Daddy called him Pooh Bear,go figure.
Anyway I am telling you about Jalen, because I wouldn’t know a PokeBall from a baseball if it weren’t for him – you do know what a pokeball is don’t you? So Jalen watched quite a bit of Pokemon back in the day and he also dragged the Woodchuck and I to ALL of the Pokemon movies – or maybe we dragged him since he didn’t drive and surely a child cannot exert so much influence over his parents that he makes them do what he wants even when they don’t want right?
When I started to crochet hats, I (like any good Mother) made quite a few for the Jalen, until.he told me that frankly he is just not a hat person. I was crushed, but I knew that someday, somehow I would change his mind and bring him back into the (hat) fold.
My future super model niece Sydney
Back to the PokeMon -I believe that it was the “amazing girlfriend” Sara Nicole who first mentioned a Pikachu hat (this after she saw my first try at an animal hat).
When I found a break in my projects (I was working the Bette Davis Eyes thing and my fingers were so tired of wool) AND a skein of Steelers yellow, I decided to look around for a pattern for a Pikachu hat. Sara Nicole wants the hat for Christmas so I have plenty of time to figure it out, but I’m slightly ADD and must do it now or else…
Very long story short, what I found didn’t fit my vision of what I actually wanted. Instead I pulled up some Pikachu pics via the Google and made a regular double crochet hat with a hole on either side of the first row after the increases for the ears. Once the basic hat was done I went back and did the ears in a circle, adding in the black after 10 or so rows. Circles for the eyes and cheeks. A botched embroidery job for the mouth (gotta work on that). And Jalen says that yes he will wear this hat!
Flush with success I asked him what else I ought to make – he says Charimander(?). I say well let me think about that, and while I’m waiting for an inspiration maybe I’ll do something easy like a PokeBall beret?
P.S. Of course Pokemon is copyrighted and all that but I’ve spent so much on Pokemon stuff form movies to games to toys to collectibles – that I don’t think they will mind my hat tributes, but then again Jimmy Buffett did come after me for selling a washcloth on Etsy called Margaritaville