Or “The Post Who Walks”
I’ve been doing a lot of crochet of late. I don’t know why it is.
I can go for ages without picking up a hook and I think I’ve given it up, but then, for no reason, I get haunted by ideas for woolen items and my fingers itch for my crochet hooks and my over-abundant stash of yarn.
Here’s one of the latest creations my itchy fingers made. It’s more than a little daft, which I think is why I like it so much.
I made it for my cousin Joey Ramone. (actually, he’s Mr Knightley’s cousin, but, along with all his good ballpoint pens, I like to claim my husband’s extended family as my own). If you are Facebook friends with my blog, you might know Joey as a regular and supportive commenter (only he calls himself ‘Adam’) for both my and Matilda’s posts. In fact, Joey has been very supportive of our homeschooling efforts all year, and it was his birthday and I wanted to say thank you.
Joey Ramone is a big fan of The Phantom. I’m pretty sure he has a tattoo of Lee Falk’s most famous character on his arm (or leg? I can’t remember…). Plus he loves a cup of tea, so a Ghost Who Walks tea cosy seemed the obvious choice. But, strangely enough, I couldn’t find a pattern for such a creation.
When I searched for “The Phantom”, I got a lot of hits for “The Phantom of the Opera”, so I searched for “The Phantom the Ghost Who Walks Crochet”. Google asked, “Did you mean “The Phantom The Ghost Who Walks crotch?“, which I thought was highly disturbing. No, Google. No I didn’t. You are sick, Google.
In the end, I designed my own pattern (oh, yes, I totally did). It took me a while to understand that Kit Walker’s head is more of a rounded rectangle than an oval or a circle, and then everything else fell into place. I had a go at drawing my design onto graph paper, and then hooked it in rows following my little pattern. I made a basic cover for the teapot, finishing it with a button from Nan’s stash and then sewed the motif on. I wanted to stitch “The Ghost Who Walks” on the reverse side, but it looked lame, so I left it blank.
Joey Ramone was really happy with his birthday present and I was really happy with his reaction (I might have hopped around and clapped my hands a bit.)
If anybody would like a go at making a Phantom motif (I can assure you, it exists nowhere else on the internet!), drop me a line in the comments. If enough people are interested, I’ll draw up a tutorial and post it in my “Hooky Business” section.
It would be really cool if The Phantom had a famous catchphrase that I could sign off with here, but I don’t think he does. “See you in the Skull Cave!”? “Old jungle saying: tea cosy keep tea hot!”? Nope.