My son, like most kids, goes in weird erratic waves of obsessions. Minecraft is a commonly reoccurring one, as well as Batman, Cars, and Star Wars. Well, now we’re in the throes of a Minion obsession.
This is not the first round of Minion obsession. He was allllll about the minions back in late 2013/early 2014 (around the time of Despicable Me 2 if I’m not mistaken) so back then I made him his first minion hat (and matching scarf and mittens). This is the first thing I ever made for him, and sadly I didn’t exactly hit this one out of the park. This was just before I started knitting, so it was crocheted. I didn’t have a pattern (as is the norm, even now) so it was very much winged and woefully imperfect. Frankly, there is lots wrong about it, but bless his heart he wore it.
That crappy but made-with-love Minion hat was the first hat of a now yearly tradition. Each year I make him a hat. He decides what theme and gives some broad strokes requests for features (like earflaps), and then I go to town. Last year’s hat was MUCH better than the first Minion hat. I made a reversible Minecraft creeper hat, and damned if that kid didn’t wear it every single day this -past winter. It was warm, it was cool, it was one of a kind, and he loved it. SCORE! However, this was my first project with colourwork and double knitting, so like the minion hat, it is far from perfect. There is some weird puckering going on from my doing the colourwork too tightly in places, and I started decreasing too early and then tried to “fix it” but it ended up just having a weird shape. Also, I ended up making it too short so I had to pick up and knit an extra brim (the green and black stripes on the bottom). None of this mattered to him, he loved the hat.
This year he decided he wanted a Minion hat again. He had lofty requests of it being like a mask where he could actually look through the goggles, but we decided that was a bit of a safety issue, so he grudgingly agreed that just a normal minion hat would be okay.
Well, here it is. Minion Hat 2.0. Again, no pattern, so the eyes are a bit… weird, but otherwise I’m happy with it. He knew I was working on it but hasn’t seen it finished yet (he’s away for 2 weeks camping with his bio-mom) but I think he’ll like it.
What he doesn’t know is that this is just phase one. I actually am going to make this mo-fo reversible as well! I got purple yarn and some pretty epic purple novelty hair-like yarn…. if you know the Despicable Me 2 movie you can probably guess what I’m going to do… 🙂
Yup, I’m making an Evil Minion hat to go with this one!
It may just be a second hat, but what I am hoping is that I’ll be able to make it so that it fits inside the yellow Minion hat, making it reversible. This may be a lofty goal, but I’m going to try! And this is going to be a total surprise, he has no idea I’m doing this.
One other thing… when I had just started the first hat Noah said, very politely and almost cautiously…
“Les… When you’re done the hat… if you don’t mind…. can you make me a new pair of slippers? My old ones you made me don’t fit anymore. “
Hells yeah, I can! And I’ve already finished one!
I also have plans to make him some matching mittens as well. So basically when he gets back from camping he’s going to have all sorts of new knitting waiting for him. 🙂