From Belgium, With Love (Part 2)

Custom Order Mohawk Hat

Brown and Beige to Belgium!

Well, it’s finished…. And actually, it’s already in Belgium!  Or so I’ve been told…. I had a few glitches along the way, but my first international order is coming to a close.

Last Wednesday(not a day ago Wednesday, but a week ago Wednesday), I put the finishing touches on my custom order.  I got home from work, and prepared myself to felt the Mohawk.  Just to let you know, a Mohawk hat must be felted, or it looks like a rug on top of a hat.  To get the spiky Mohawk, you have to soak it in soapy hot water and aggravate the wool in it.  Yes, I was aggravating my wool.  Anyway, I nearly had a heart attack when my wool wouldn’t felt.  Like, I repeated the process several times and it was *still* a floppy mess- there were no spikes involved.  Well, other than the imaginary spikes in my head, getting closer and closer to popping my balloon of success and happiness about my first international custom order.  And that above is why I rarely ever make creative comparisons- because my creativity is wacko and my comparisons stink…. So, back to my story…. The wool was NOT getting aggravated-  I was getting aggravated.  So, after probably the 10th time(very little exaggeration involved here….) of little success, I got more aggressive.  Instead of rubbing it in between my hands, which has always worked before, I started rubbing it fiercely against a flat, but textured surface.  My hopes of it working were low, but I was also getting pretty desperate at this point- I HAD to ship it out by the following Tuesday, I was almost out of yarn, and there was absolutely no way I could make another one.  Imagine my massive surprise(and even more relief!) when it actually worked!

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The day after that, Thursday, I took my little project to the post office.  I was quite happy that it seemed to be sent without a hitch.  Friday I checked the tracking number- USPS says that number doesn’t exist.  I thought that was okay- it was only the day after, and with all the Valentine’s Day mail….. Yes, I was grasping for excuses.  And they only got worse from there over the weekend, when my package and it’s tracking number *still* didn’t exist!  Monday I tried to call the post office, but then I realized it was President’s Day.  Sigh…..So, Tuesday, almost a week later, I finally talked to the nice post office lady.  Apparently, their computer system crashed or something like that, and she couldn’t check it at the time.  She called me back yesterday, but I was at work.  I returned her call today(tag- she’s it!) and got good news- my package is already in Belgium!  I’m not too excited that I can’t see it myself on the computer, but I was told that the problem is a result of that computer crash last Thursday.  So, now I have to play the waiting game and see how it goes about getting to my customer in Belgium.  We’ll see!

Thanks for reading!  If you didn’t get to see the original post, click here.  If you would like to see the original custom order from my Etsy shop, click here.

Have a lovely day!!!

From Belgium, With Love

This week, I finally went international!  Would you like to take a guess at how I accomplished this feat???

I have never actually traveled internationally, so that is not it. Come to think of it, I’ve never even ridden in an airplane…. *Mark that on the to-do list*

No one from Belgium is coming to visit me….and that wouldn’t make me the country-hopper anyway.

If you have any more creative guesses feel free to comment them below, but I’m going to tell you anyway- something I have knitted is going to Belgium!  Last Monday I received a custom order through Etsy for a Mohawk hat in brown and beige.  The order wasn’t exactly ‘with love’ because I don’t know this person, but I couldn’t resist the title….And the hat shall be sent with love!  After it’s knitted and felted with love.  🙂  So, that is my excitement for this week.

If you would like to see the original, look here.   You’ll have to use your imagination for the brown and beige part though, because I don’t have any pictures yet.  Perhaps I shall when my work is done!  The body of the hat is going to be dark brown, and the exciting Mohawk part will be beige.  My dear customer didn’t request a letter, like the original has, but it’s his order so I’m happy to accommodate!

And now, I have a simple tongue-twister for you- “Brown and beige to Belgium”…..Say that five times fast. 🙂

Thank you very much for reading and have a wonderful week!  I’m off to go a-knitting….