Well then first I have to tell you about my nephew. He's 9, has got the biggest brown eyes you ever saw, and freckles and dimples that go on for miles. He is the middle child of three, and much like my middle child, is a very deep thinker. We are talking DEEP. He is completely filled to the brim with facts. At any given moment he might rattle off to you some of these trivial tidbits that make you stop, cock your head to the side and say, "wow, I did not know that, Jacob, thank-you so very much".
|When this picture was taken I am 99.98% sure he was telling me facts about turkeys|
She stares blankly for a minute...
"YOU MEAN A CUBICLE?!". Yes, he says firmly.
Just typing this story makes me laugh so hard. You've got to love him. He is totally an out of the box thinker, or wait, I take that back, is he a way "IN" the box thinker, as in WAY INSIDE a cubicle box. What kid says when I grow up I want to be an office cog just so I can imitate a prairie dog?
|I made these for my daughter's Super Mario Brothers birthday party a few years back|
"Can you make me a giant macaroni noodle out of yarn?"
Me: Stunned silence.
Me: Um, macaroni... noodle??
Jacob: Yes. A big one.
Then he walks off.
Okay. How can you disappoint a face like this??:
|This boy loves his pasta apparently!|
First thing I did was take the cover off the neck pillow. It was a nice, soft, zippable one. Hey I realized, this is not only going to be fulfilling the macaroni dreams of a kid, it was at the very least going to be a FUNCTIONAL neck pillow!
I did not have a pattern, I just started a crochet circle with some extra thick, extra yellow, lion heart brand hometown USA yarn. I kept eye-balling it around until it was wide enough to fit over the bottom of the pillow "leg".
To get the yard to turn 90º I single crocheted in the back loops only for two rows.
Once the yarn was turning "up" I started single crocheting again through both loops, which created a "bowl" that the bottom of the noodle could rest in
After that I slipped it off the noodle, kept doing single crochet around, then pausing so often to try and slip it over the leg of the noodle to see if it would fit.
Then I would slip it back off and work more rounds.
Soon I was at the top of the arch... and it was getting harder to pull the tube on the pillow. From now on I would have to do the remaining stitches ON the pillow form. This got a bit tricky and cumbersome at times, but I just kept working at it.
Now, in hindsight, I should have started the process over on the other leg and sewed them together at the top of the "noodle". However, I was getting some bunches in the first "leg" near the curve and thought I could try and eliminate those. Also I did not want a seam in the middle of my noodle. So now here is where I tried to get creative. Trying to make a "wedge" shape I stopped stitching in the round and went back and forth just on the top 3/4 of the noodle, turned and came back the other way. Because it was curved, I could join the circle back up after a few rows.
It took a bit of trial an error, remember I had never done anything like this before. But as I came to the end, I reversed what I had done on the first leg of the noodle, to give it that finished look.
You can see my wedge shape going over the right hand arch is not perfect, but it did not turn out half bad for a first try. To a 9-year-old boy I am hoping and praying it looks like a giant cheesy macaroni noodle to him. My girls, who have never had a neck pillow around until now, have been walking around with this thing around their neck at all times of the day. So I am thinking that if Jacob doesn't like his miraculous noodle, the girls will adopt it back.
Needless to say, this little request is right up there with one of the STRANGEST, weirdest, most challenging things I have ever been asked to make out of yarn. This tricky little curved, tubed, arched, stuffed, three-dimensional shape was quite the bear to pull off. I'm just hoping he LOVES it. Like I'm his favorite auntie of all time LOVES it. Like years from now, when he grows up and is working in his grey office cubicle, he thinks of me. I hope that when he pops his head up like an over-sized prairie dog and gazes at the other gray people, in their tiny, drab squares, he will still be wearing this bright yellow macaroni noodle, and it might just bring a little ray of comfort and sunshine to the whole office!
I will keep you posted on his reaction on Christmas day and post pictures here. Stay tuned...