It’s ‘Wear a Hat’ day today, a fundraising event for Brain Tumour Research, and at Little Mudlets’ school, children and staff were encouraged to pay £1 and don a hat for the last day of term. So this morning, as we were waiting for the school day to begin, over 70 assorted hats from stetsons to baseball caps, bowlers to sun hats, were visible, as excited children chatted in their particular groups and amongst the everyday hats, a gloriously colourful array of Easter Bonnets could also be seen, not least of which was the creation that adorned Little Mudlets’ head.
Last Friday I had managed to buy a basic faux straw hat from the craft section of a local supermarket for the measly sum of just £1 and Little Mudlet has spent several happy hours covering it in tissue paper, before making, then sticking on, tissue paper flowers. Some purple petal confetti (from a friends’ birthday bash on Saturday) was also requisitioned for creative purposes and a large pink ribbon and bow which I think used to be the decoration on a rather nice box of luxury chocolates, was added to the mix. Sequins added sparkly interest and then it was time to add the knitted decorations.
Back in 2010, I had made some toadstools, mushrooms, mice and ladybirds, with which the girls had decorated their push bikes for the May Day ‘Decorate a bike’ competition down on our recreation ground. Of the array of items that had been created for this competition, only one mouse, two ladybirds, one toadstool and a mushroom could be found and Little Mudlet was quick to utilise these in her design. I had also made a load of tiny bunting for the bike competition but that had long since gone, so I spent a couple of hours knitting up nine little bunting triangles, using some yarn I had left over from Little Mudlets’ second jumper dress, to hang from the rim of her hat. Each little triangle has a slightly different pattern on it and she was thrilled with it.
A little blue flower was also created out of oddments of a cotton yarn but the piece de resistance was another of the tinsel hedgehogs which looked magnificent on the crown of the hat. I had always intended to make the younger Mudlets a hedgehog each but I didn’t unveil them until I had finished them both.
I showed Little Mudlet how to sew the knitted items onto her hat and she managed that task really well, although the Hedgehog proved a little bit trickier, so that particular bit of sewing fell to me. I have to say that I think the finished hat is spectacular and I know Little Mudlet was justifiably proud of her creation which went on to win the Easter Bonnet competition for her year group.
I’ve taken plenty of photo’s of the hat because I know that once she gets home, the first thing Little Mudlet is going to ask, is for me to release her hedgehog.